When I found out I was having my 4th boy last year I knew I needed some projects for the new baby since there was nothing to buy. A girl’s got to have a little fun getting ready for baby right?
One of the projects I came up with was to recover the infant car seat by covering the existing cover with cute fabric just because it was old and dingy and it would be fun to give it an upgrade.
Now that he is about to move to a toddler car seat I decided to recover that too.
And you might recognize this fabric. I used it for this project too. I just really love it. Plus, it should hide the dirt well.
Here’s the infant one from last year.
I’m going to teach you how to cover a baby car seat using the existing cover.
OK, first of all, this isn’t too terribly hard, but it’s not super easy either. It took me probably at least 4-5 hours of sewing and it didn’t turn out perfect. But it looks really cute when it is all done.
You are going to do this by using the existing cover and sewing the new fabric right over it.
What You Need:
Existing Car Seat Cover
1-2 yards of fabric (mine took about 1)
A couple packs of double wide folded bias tape
Replacement elastic if yours is shot in the car seat
How to Cover a Baby Car Seat:
(This works for infant or toddler seats. Also probably swings, high chairs, etc.)
**The very first thing you need to do is take some pictures of your car seat cover for later reference. You are going to be taking it completely apart and you want to remember how to put it all back together. So, take some photos to help yourself out. Just in case. I needed my pictures. :)
Here’s my before:
Then, take off the existing car seat cover and wash it and dry it.
Now, grab your seam ripper and a good movie, because the next part is going to take a while. It’s probably the most time consuming part.
Again, take a good look at how your seat cover is pieced together and memorize it so that you can put it back together.
Pick apart each and every piece of your car seat cover. This includes removing all bias tape edges and everything. Like I said, it could take a while, so settle in for the long haul. A good idea is to mark your pieces as you take them apart so you remember where they go when you are done. You can just write on them with a marker.
Take them all apart:
Next, lay and pin your pieces onto your fabric wrong side of the fabric touching right side of the car seat pieces:
Cut around them just the same size that the car seat pieces are. Do this for each piece of your car seat.
Now, zig zag each piece of the car seat to the fabric right at the edges. This just holds the fabric in place so that you can sew it all back together:
Sew all the fabric pieces onto the car seat pieces. For the seat belt slots do a button hole. I flipped it over so that I was working on the back of the car seat. Do a tight zig zag on either side of the hole, then cut the hole open.
Use your bias tape anywhere that your car seat had it before:
Replace elastic anywhere that needs it.
So basically you are just taking the whole thing apart, putting new fabric, bias tape, etc. on it and sewing it back together.
My one caution (other than making sure to remember how to put it back together) is to be sure to use the same seam allowances that your original car seat cover had. I didn’t do that super well on this toddler one and it came out slightly too small and it was a little tricky to get it back on the car seat. It worked, but next time I would be more careful.
He likes it! He started squealing with glee when I put him in!
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