car seat blankets December 11, 2011 – Posted in: Tutorials
It always surprises me the little ways my girls are just like me. Sofie’s always cold in the car and prefers to be snuggled under a blanket. I turned her car seat around to face forward a few months ago and since then she’s been having a hard time keeping the blanket in her lap. So I decided as the days were getting colder and she actually needed to have a blanket in the car, I was going to make her one that would stay attached to her car seat.
She is in heaven!
I didn’t want to interfere with the clips, since safety is the most important, so I designed the blanket to attach to the seat through 2 big button holes I made to go around the lower clasp.
Since it doesn’t fall out of her seat, she can either snuggle it up around her, let it fold in half over her legs, or she can put it entirely under her legs and not be covered with it at all.
I also thought ahead and made it long enough to cover her legs, but short enough that it couldn’t get dirty from her shoes. This makes it the perfect size to go from the car seat to the stroller!
The blanket can stay attached to the seat when they’re not in it, so you’re sure never to lose it.
To make the blanket I used:
1 yard of minky fabric
1 yard of cotton (I snagged it at Jo-Ann’s)
**If you don’t have a sewing machine or are cautious about the sewing for this blanket, you could achieve the same results by simply cutting 2 slits in a piece of fleece.
I cut my minky and cotton fabrics in half to make each piece 36″ by 22″. I also made Chloe a blanket for her car seat, even though she will rear-face for another year or so.
Place them right sides together and pin all the way around.
Sew around the perimeter, I used a 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving a hole a few inches wide to turn the blanket through.
Clip the corners at an angle to cut down on the bulk when they’re turned. This doesn’t have to be pretty (obviously!).
Turn the blanket and poke the corners out. Use your hands to “iron” the edges even, but don’t actually iron it!! I made the mistake of ironing dot minky once, and it was tragic.
Pin the hole closed and top stitch around the entire blanket, closing the hole.
For the buttonholes, I decided to make them 2.5″ wide (and in hindsight, wish they’d been a little smaller) and 3″ apart. I measured 12.5″ from the bottom of the blanket and marked the first hole, then measure three inches above it and marked the second.
The blanket is long and skinny to accommodate the shape of the car seat, so make sure you’re doing them the right way!
Make your buttonholes (again, doesn’t have to be pretty),
then cut them open and you’re done!
This was quick, easy, and will keep her comfortably warm all winter!