A quick “how to” on making a cover for car seat straps. These will help prevent baby from getting those nasty friction burns from the straps being so close to their necks. It’s always been a problem with my kiddos, and I just noticed today that I caught the babies neck this morning. No wonder he screamed at me……
To begin you will need :
- 2 different fabrics. One cotton, and the other minky or fleece of some other soft fabric of your choosing.
- Batting* is a nice to have – but not necessary
- Coordinating thread
- Sewing machine
- Velcro or snaps
Step 1 Cut
Cut your fabrics and batting (I your using it) into squares 6″x6″. This should leave you with 2 squares of cotton, 2 squares of minky or fleece, and 2 squares of batting*
Step 2 Layer
Place your squares down as follows. Cotton facing up, minky/fleece face down, batting on top. Pin them together. If you are using minky, pin the heck out of it, that stuff is slippery! Note in the picture below, I used black pins to mark where I want to start and stop sewing.
Step 3 Sew
Start on one side, and sew around using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Make sure you leave about a 2 inch opening on the side so you can turn it right side out. Repeat with the other set of squares. Make sure to snip off the corners to reduce the bulk when it’s turned right side out.
Step 4 Turn and Topstich
Using the opening you left, turn the cover right side out, and press it flat. You might be tempted to skip pressing, but don’t. Pressing flat makes top stitching easier, and helps your end product look GREAT!
I use a small wooden dowel to make sure the corners are nice and sharp.
Once both pieces are pressed, topstitch all the way around (starting at your opening) about 1/8″ from the edge. This will close the opening.
If your using Velcro, you’ll want about a 3″ piece for each strap cover. Sew the loop part to each cotton side, and the hook part to each minky/fleece side. Also, stitch them to opposite ends so that when you fold it, they will stick.
I prefer to use Kam Snaps, place two snaps on each side (making sure once folded they will snap to each other.) about 1″ from the top/bottom. -Thank god for pictures….. that was difficult to explain!!
Viola! Wasn’t that super easy?! And now your little one won’t get sores on his neck from the straps. Bonus, there reversible! I like to use the cotton side when it’s warm out, and the soft side in the colder weather.