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.