I just love these car seat strap covers. I made Sadie a pair a long time ago, but I wasn’t happy with how they were made, so I re-did them. They’re the perfect way to eliminate red marks on your little one’s neck! and stylish too.***Just be sure they are not too long to interfere with the chest clasp on your car seat. Safety first.
4 pieces of fabric, 2 backing and two top fabrics measuring 4 1/2″x3 3/4″. Also two pieces of batting the same size. (you may need to check your straps, these were the measurements for our car seat, I would think they’d all be similar, but who knows?)
sew on velcro
sewing stuff (thread, machine, scissors)
This tutorial is picture heavy! Just to warn you. I know I need TONS of pictures when I’m learning something, and step by step ones are my favs…so that’s how I do my tutorials. If you are smarter than me, good for you! Skip the parts where you’re like “blah di blah…she’s so boring…”😉
Stack your fabrics right sides out, with the batting in between.
Then you’ll sew a few lines of stitches to keep it in place, and to make it look like a mini quilt, which is essentially what you’re making!
Then, take your bias tape and lay it down like so along one of the short edges, in the middle. Leave about an inch and a half un-sewn, so don’t start sewing at the beginning of your bias tape piece.
Stop about 1/4 inch from the edge, lift your presser foot, and turn your fabric like so.. …and then back stitch off the fabric, like so. Can you see it? Then fold the bias tape back like so.
and starting from the edge, continue down the side. Keep doing that until you get back to the side you started on.
Now you’ll unfold your bias tape like this..
and lay it down flush with your “quilt”, pin so that it lays flat.
and then, pulling your “quilt” out of the way, sew along your pin, I pull mine out as I go.
Then, trim the excess and finger press down, and then go back and sew down your now-joined piece of bias tape.
Now you’ll fold it over once, and then once more. This is the back view.
front view…continue around your “quilt”
When you get to the corners, tuck it in like this… and then over like this to make a nice corner. Sheesh my hands are dry and scaly. gross. here’s your “quilt” ready to be bound.
Next you’ll “stitch in the ditch”, aka stitch right next to the bias tape on the front…catching the back like this:
Not the prettiest, but it does the job! and hey, it’s not a real quilt. (although that’s how I bind mine. I hate hand sewing.) (I switched to my walking foot for this step, and then kept using it for the next cover. It worked great)
Then, cut a piece of your sew on velcro to fit the smaller sides, and sew them on! tada!
one set for baby…
…and one set for Sadie.
While I was at it, I made one for me! I love it! The dimensions are 4 3/4″x 9″, though I would suggest making it a little wider, mine is pretty tight on the strap.
As usual, let me know if you have any questions!
***If you have used any of my tutorials, I’d love if you’d add a quick pic to my flicker group! Thanks!***