One of the best parts about being pregnant is all of the fun DIY projects you get to do in anticipation for the new baby! My favorite crafts to do for each baby is a new DIY Car Seat Cover. I love the little peak window in this tutorial because then you don’t have to open the whole front, you just get to peak at the baby! {Which is perfect for times like when strangers want to look at the baby, or when it’s windy outside…}

 DIY Car Seat Cover with peek window!! Perfect for peeking at the baby if they are asleep or if it's bad weather instead of lifting the whole car seat cover front

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Another great reason this is an awesome DIY Car Seat Cover Tutorial is because you can make it in under an hour! Which makes a perfect nap time project! 🙂

(I was making 4 of these at one time – for gifts- while making the tutorial so some of the pictures have different fabric)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 1/4 yard of front fabric
  • 1 1/4 yard of back fabric
  • velcro
  • Interfacing if you would like to make your straps and flap more sturdy (I’d say about 1/8 yard)

Steps to DIY Car Seat Cover:

  1. Cut both your front and back fabric into a yard each.
  2. Square your fabric.
  3. I like to start by ironing my fabric
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  4. With right sides together take your front and back piece, serge (or zig zag sew) 1/2″ seam allowance around all of the edges. Make sure to leave an opening to turn the fabric around. To add a little flare, you can round the corners instead of have them square.
  5. Turn your fabric right side out.
  6. Iron the seams, and top stitch around the edge. I did about a 1/4″ seam allowance on the outside edge
  7. Make the window. I found the dead center of the car seat cover and then drop it by 2″.  Draw with pen/pencil on the fabric a square 5″ x 3″.
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  8. If you can see in the picture above, I have a solid line, representing the square I am going to cut. Then I have a dotted line (1/2″ out from my solid line). This is where I will fold the fabric in to iron and sew to make it a clean edge.
  9. Cut the window.
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  11. Like the picture below, cut a diagonal line to the 1/2″ markings. This will allow you to fold the fabric.
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  12. Now fold the fabric on your dotted line. It should give you a 1/2″ seam allowance. I pinned the fold just to make sure it stayed in place.
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  13. Iron around your window
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  14. Top stitch around the open window.
  15. Make the window flap. Measure your open window, and cut one front and back piece of fabric 1 1/2″ bigger on each side
  16. Sew the window flap with right sides together. Leave an opening to flip.
  17. Flip, Press and top stitch
  18. Sew window flap on top of the open window.
  19. Make the straps. Cut two front and two back pieces of fabric 7 1/2″ x 2 1/4″
  20. Sew the straps with right sides together. Leave an opening to flip.
  21. Flip, Press and top stitch.
  22. Add the velcro to the top and bottom edges of the straps. When sewing my velcro on I sewed a square around it, then an X through the middle.

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  23. Make sure you put the velcro on the correct sides of each strap (one on each side)
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  25. Sew on the straps above the window flap corners about 2″

 

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And voila, you are done. Let me know if you have any questions. This makes for a great baby shower gift, it’s fun and easy to make, and if you can find a coupon/deal at your local fabric store it’s a hole in one! Good luck and let me know how yours goes!


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