Car Seat Tent

Project #5 Car Seat Tent

Ok this is going to be a rough tutorial. I hope you can follow it if you desire to make one of these. I have seen these all over the place lately. They are in baby boutiques, online and on etsy of course. I wasn’t about to pay $40-$50 for one since I am too cheap. So I made a pattern and went for it. The first one turned out okay but I learned from my mistakes and made the one we will use with Kayla’s car seat. Since her car seat is navy blue and yellow we had to “girl-it-up” a little. Plus since I am having her in the winter months I will need something to keep the wind and snow/rain away from her sweet little self.

1. Get two coordinating fabrics and lay one of top of the other with right sides together. Then cut out a rough oval about 37 inches wide and 43 inches long with flat sides on the top and bottom. Wing it, you will be okay…I promise. You can’t see the stripe fabric because it is under the floral fabric. Right now you are looking at the backside (wrong side) of the floral fabric with the coordinating stripe fabric underneath (trust me it is there). It is easier if you cut both pieces of fabric at the same time, that way they are the same dimensions. Then pin the pieces of fabric together and sew a 3/8″ seam leaving a small opening to turn it right side out.

2. Turn the whole thing right side out so you can see your pretty fabrics. I ironed the seams so they were nice and flat. Then tuck your opening closed and sew shut.

3. Top stitch around the whole oval like this.

4. Next out of the coordinating fabric cut two rectangles about 5 inches by 9 inches.


5. Iron all sides about 1/2″ inward (towards the wrong side of the fabric). Then iron it in half lengthwise and sew around all three sides.

6. Next sew on velcro or iron on velcro, whichever you choose to buy. I had the iron on kind, waaaay easier. You put one of the velcro pieces on one side and the other part of the velcro on the opposite side, opposite length. The picture is worth 1000 words.

7. Now velcro it closed and find the middle of the straps and put a pin in it. The next part is the “rough” part. Take your fabric and figure out where the best place for the straps to go. Mine were about 12 inches in from the sides and about 8 inches from each other, and roughly 21 inches from top and bottom to the middle of the strap where you will sew the straps in place. I am sorry I forgot to take a picture of sewing the straps in place, hopefully you can figure it out.

8. Now strap them in place and admire your handiwork. Congratulations you saved $30- $40 at least.
9. Wait you are not done. Go here and make some fabulous fabric flower pins and pin them to the straps. It looks waaaaay cuter, I promise. Come on do it. Unless it is for a boy…then do some buttons or something boyish.





  • Dee

    You are amazing! I’d have you make me one but my baby days are over…now you should be so proud of me getting rid of stuff on Craigslist!

  • SmrfChic

    That looks so cute!!
    Just a reminder, most infant carseats require the handle to be in the down position when in the car, so you can’t use these while driving really. They’re very cute for out and aboutthough , and keeping nosy sicky people from touching your baby!

  • Lee Ann

    AAAhhh, if only I needed one. And if I did, I’d just pay you $20 to make it for me…..a win/win for both of us :-)

  • Carmel

    Seriously, Beckie… you are incredible. That is so adorable, and you are right, if it’s for a girl, those flowers are a must. : )

  • Eryn

    THAT is adorable. I am totally going to make one for my neice…and one for me for later! So cute!

    OK, I am loving your crafty ideas EVERY day! You should do it everyday…just kidding. I know the days of daily craft posts are numbered…but what great ideas! Love it.

  • Shannon

    You seriously NEVER cease to amaze me!! Good golly you are a busy busy girl….better than a girl twidlin’ her thumbs!!

    soooo cute!!!

  • annaliese

    ditto all the other comments on a super cute idea–plus I love the fabrics sooo much!

  • Amber

    This is a great project and tutorial! It would also make a perfect homemade baby shower gift for a friend!

  • Julie

    THANK YOU!!! I can’t even believe that I accidently found you and this sweet tutorial. Last night as I was out with little miss 10 days old, I saw another couple with a similar cover for their baby’s carseat. I thought… what a great idea. I should try to make or find one. Here you are with an amazing one with fun fabric flowers to boot. Gotta go get out the sewing machine. Hooray!

  • Julie

    I made one today! I love it soo very much and it came in handy when we were running errands tonight. Thanks for the great tutorial. Ran out of velcro, but I think I will go back and make new straps as well as the fabric flowers. Here is my post about it: http://www.joyshope.com/2009/01/this-might-sound-bad.html

  • Stephanie

    I found your blog by random blog surfing and I am so glad that I did! I made my car seat cover last night. If you are interested in checking it out, here is the link http://www.eyeballgirl.com/2009/02/i_cant_tell_you_exactly.html
    Your site is amazing and I am looking forward to making more of your projects.

  • Shanidy

    I made one of these today, based off of your tutorial! It is so cute and your tutorial was excellent. Thanks so much…my baby girl and I are really going to enjoy this!

  • Natalie

    Thank you for your wonderful tutorial and for doing the trial and error work for me! I'm expecting a baby on Christmas day and think this cover will be perfect for keeping Utah snow off the little one. You are very talented.

  • Kim

    So very cute!! I'm so glad I ran across your blog! One question: How did you make the fabric flowers? So cute! I'd like to incorporate those with some other things I make. Would love to see a tutorial on those- in your spare time… :)

  • Kim

    Just found the link. Sorry! And thanks! :)

  • Bek

    Very easy to use tutorial. I made one before our bebe was born in June and I love it! I used some camo fabric because I already had it so I had to make it a little smaller than the tutorial calls for just for lack of enough fabric but I think it turned out great!:) Here is a link if you want to see the result. http://www.judemobley.com/2009/06/car-seat-blanket-tent.html

  • Susan

    Could this be any more cute??? Thanks for a great tutorial. I just made one for a friend, but didn't think to round the corners, so they were way too long. Then I saw your design and used it for my next creation. Thanks! I'm making some for all boys, so I attached ribbon to tie to the handle. HOpefully a girl will come along soon so I can make those cute flowers!! Please share…where did you find that adorable fabric?

  • Danica

    I love this tutorial! Thanks so much for the hard work. It was really easy to follow. Check out my car seat cover I made at: http://dreamingofstitches.blogspot.com/2009/10/car-seat-tent.html

  • Photofashionista

    Awesome tutorial! I can't wait to make mine. I love the flower details, too cute!

  • Jenn Hansen

    Wonderful! I made one today for my new baby girl with the flowers and everything! If you would like to see mine I'll be posting a picture on my blog. http://hansenchronicles.blogspot.com/

    Thanks!