DIY Stretchy Car Seat Cover7:13 PM
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Have you seen those stretchy car seat covers lately? They are also known as sloughy car seat covers. 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!
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Lets get started on this DIY stretchy car seat tutorial! Watch the video above or follow the step by step directions below.
Gather your supplies.
Seam Ripper, just in case you need to unpick
Clear Ruler that shows a 45 degree angle
Sewing Machine - we have used the Project Runway sewing machine for years and have LOVED it!
Buy 1 yard of VERY STRETCHY knit fabric. This is so important if you want this to work! Make sure it stretches in all directions very easily or has a 4 way stretch. 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 or two directions. 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. I will refer to it as "The large, boxy piece."
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 2 rectangle pieces of fabric that measure 36" x 5". Sandwich them together, right sides together.
(Keep in mind, my fabric is the same on the back as it is on the front) At each end, cut off a triangle piece that's 4" wide at the bottom and goes right up to the top corner. Make sure you cut off triangles at each end.
It will look like this. Sew the ends closed right where you cut off the triangles.
Go back to your two pieces of fabric that look like this. Pin them right sides together. (Again, my fabric doesn't appear to be right sides together, but it is.) Sew along the blue dotted lines.
Pull the large, boxy piece right side out. Keep the long rectangular piece inside out. Pin the long rectangular piece to the bottom of the large, boxy 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 at the bottom.
Sew them together - almost done! Manipulate the fabric a little around the corners.