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DIY Stretchy Car Seat Cover

Have you seen those stretchy car seat covers lately? They also double as a nursing cover!  I'm going to show you exactly how to make one! You can buy them on Etsy if you aren't feeling crafty. Those Etsy car seat covers were my inspiration, so I designed this to share with all my DIY peeps out there. Holy cow this wasn't this easiest thing I've ever designed. It took me 4 attempts to get it right, weather it was because of wrong fabric type or measurements too small. But I figured it out and I'm so excited to share this tutorial with all of you! 

And it's sooooo cute!

Lets get started on this DIY stretchy car seat tutorial! 

Buy 1 yard of VERY STRETCHY knit fabric. Make sure it stretches in all directions very easily. It needs to be breathable for baby and fit the carseat with ease. Trust me, you don't want the kind that only stretches in one direction. One good thing about knit fabric is that you don't have to hem it - it won't fray!

This is the shape of the first piece we are going to cut out.

Lay the fabric out the way it came on the bolt - folded.  Measure 6.5 inches from the fold and mark with a pin at the top of the fabric.

Most sewing rulers have markings of 45 degree angles.  Mark with a pin at the 45 degree angle from the top pin. 

Lay a measuring tape from the top pin down 13 inches and mark with a pin. 

Take your ruler and place it next to the bottom pin like so.

Flip the ruler over.

Now you can measure 45 degrees going down towards the fold of the fabric. Measure 13 inches and mark with a pin. 

You are left with these markings as a cutting guide.

Cut out the fabric following the pin markings. 

You need 2 of these pieces, so place your cut out piece on top of the fabric and cut another.

Cut out a long rectangle piece of fabric that measures 72" x 5". You will need to piece this together. 

Fold the fabric in half, right sides together - hot dog style - and cut off a triangle piece thats 4" wide at the bottom and goes right up to the top corner. Do this to each end of the fabric. 

It will look like this. Sew the ends - it's still right sides together.

Go back to your two pieces of fabric that look like this. Pin them right sides together. (My fabric had the same pattern on the back as it did on the front, so try not to get confused.) Sew on the dotted lines.

Pull the large piece right side out. Keep the long rectangular piece inside out. Pin the rectangular piece to the bottom of the large piece. It's very important that you pin it just like I show you in the picture with the side seems matching up, and the points of the long rectangle piece being on the bottom.

Sew them together - almost done! Manipulate the fabric a little around the corners.

All Done!



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DIY Ghost Costume

DIY Ghost Costume

Clara wanted to be a ghost since Halloween ended last year, as in October 31, 2013.  She talked about it all year long.  Thank heavens for 365 days to plan out how I would make all of her Halloween dreams come true.

I simply made the cloak out of a very transparent curtain from Ikea, and some tulle.  

The cloak I made was fashioned off of the cloak I made her for her Little Red Riding Hood costume from a Halloween past.

Check out the Tutorial for said cloak HERE.

I simply made a cloak from the curtain and a cloak out of tulle and sewed them together where the hood and the cape meet.

I certainly added more length to this cloak to give the ghost-like appearance.

I was beyond thrilled with how darling it came out in the end.

-Happy Halloween and Happy Costume Creating!