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A new baby car seat cover

I have a new baby niece born last week.  Little miss Lauren Jane is the sweetest thing, with a head of soft brown hair and looking just like my lovely sister-in-law.

For a gift, I made her a car seat cover from the tutorial I made in January.

The fabric was too sweet for words with racoons, birthbaths, birdhouses, and little birds in the trees.  I fell in love.

Does anyone know what this fabric is called?  And from whom?  I cut off the selvages when I bought the fabric and didn’t write it down.

Making my first car seat cover for a little girl, I was compelled to embellish a bit more.  So I added the rick rack.  It helped the fabrics work together just they way I wanted.

For the inside fabric, I used a tender little floral print in pink.  I was so happy with how it turned out.

Since I’m posting about car seat covers, I thought I would also share the cowboy car seat cover I made for my dearest friend, and her new little boy born in April.  I gave it to her months ago, but never shared a picture.

This Alexander Henry cowboy fabric is so darn cute.  I’ve used it before, and I would use it again if I could.  I made a border all the way around the top, which turned out great.  One of the things I love about making this cover, is as long as the overall dimensions end up the same, you can do whatever suits your fancy.

If you have a new baby in your life, a baby car seat cover makes a very useful and thoughtful gift.

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14 Responses to “A new baby car seat cover”

  • I have some of that fabric in the blue colorway. I also cut the selvadges off, but I’m pretty sure it is Feathered Friends by Wendy Slotboom. Nice car seat covers! My first grandchild is due today!!!

  • tracy_a:

    I think D Spack has the designer – I think the line is “Frolic” – so so cute! I fell in love with it at a local shop.

    Thanks for sharing the idea and the tutorial!

  • Darlene:

    Those are so sweet and I especially love the green in the niece’s cover.

  • Jennifer:

    it is the “Frolic” line designed by Wendy Slotboom for In the Beginning Fabrics. There is another fabric in the line that is a treasure hunt for a squirrel looking for the food he stashed. The whole line is fantastic. I am obsessed with the treasure map one and buy yards of it whenever I find it. It is a great line.

  • Jenn Hale:

    I just found your blog and I have to say I love all your ideas! I can’t wait until I get a sewing machine and can start crafting :)

  • Cheryl:

    How much of each fabric for the front side did you use? I have a baby coming very soon and this is just the thing I have been looking for. Thanks

    • Hi Cheryl, I’m assuming you are wondering about the baby girl cover. I only had 1/2 yard (18 inches) of the fabric with the raccoons. That left me needing 25 inches of the green polka dot to achieve the 42 inch length I needed. I bought 3/4 yard of the fabric, and even after cutting out the straps, I had a little left over once I was done. I never mind having a little extra of such a versatile fabric, and I ended up using some yesterday! For the back fabric, I only used 1 yard, since the pattern could turn sideways. Once cutting off the selvages and squaring the the fabric, I pretty much used the whole piece of fabric to achieve the 42″ x 35″ wide I needed. Good luck. Everyone I made a cover for absolutely loves how useful they are.

  • Whitney:

    I just finished a cover for my baby boy and it’s wonderful! I had been using a blanket to cover his car seat. Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Timmi:

    These are so adorable!! I sure wish I had one of these a few years ago when my now three year old was a baby!! I tried the blanket over the handle thing but it always ended up falling on the ground!

  • Holly:

    Where did you get your Rick Rack? And what size is it? These are so cute!

  • Holly:

    Are you in Utah? Can you tell me which quilt shop? And do you know what size it is? Sorry for all of the questions, i just love how you did it!

  • Holly:

    Nevermind, I just found some… it all looks pretty standard. Thanks!

  • Amy:

    This was SO easy, and I am not an experienced seamstress. I spent 90 minutes total from cutting to hooking the finished straps together. Thank you so much for the great pattern!

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