I’m sorry if my photos are rotated wrong I’m having some issues.
I found this car seat blanket tutorial online, and the idea is there, but it isn’t safe to use in a car seat. Her tutorial would be awesome in a swing or stroller! Just not safe in a car seat. I am a proud Child Passenger Safety Technician so I had to make that clear! Now obviously this blanket is still a parental choice, but if used correctly I feel it’s a good option 🙂
I used one yard of hedgehog flannel, one yard of the inner pattern (not sure what to call that?) and I bought the crib size pre-packaged batting because I couldn’t wait in line again for the cutting counter.
I was planning to make a few more of these so I didn’t take many pictures as this was my 1st one, so follow her tutorial until you get to the part where you make the spots for straps if you need lots of pics. I’m still going to type out everything here, but I won’t have as many great pics!
Pre wash your fabrics! One shrunk more than the other in the dryer so I’m glad I did!
First step is to lay out your fabrics with the two face sides of the fabric touching and make sure its all smoothed out, I cut the edge off my longer one to make sure same size. Then fold into quarters. Once it’s all folded I cut along the free edges (do not cut the folded edges!) making the free edge rounded as shown in the picture below.
When unfolded it will look like this (below) keep the prints touching and don’t separate. Take your batting and lay on top of whatever side you want and pin it all together, then trim the batting to match the flannel.
Batting side down, sew along the edges leaving whatever corner you want the hood to be unsewn about 4″ down on each side. Once sewn, reach in the opening and flip the fabrics right side out. Then Sew along the outside again to give it a nice edge 🙂 (please see the other tutorial..I’m not very good at this haha)
Fold the fabric in half lining up the sides of the “hood corner” with the fabric you want on the inside facing out. Sew a line a few inches down as shown where the opening starts. If you feel it’s too far down just make sure you close up any openings left.
Cut right above your sewn line and do a zigzag stitch to reinforce the raw edges. You can then flip it right side out and you have a hood!
Now here is where I change the tutorial. I laid my blanket out flat and centered my hood, since I use 1 yard of fabric the hood is going to be slightly off center so that you can have one side that tucks in first and a long side to tuck over everything.
So centered below the hood decide where you want your opening. I laid it in my car seat to eyeball where I would want the hood to be and where the opening should be. For my Cybex Aton 2 I decided opening should be about seven across the top and 12 inches down. I then took my fabric cutter and cut out a rectangle. You can save your flannel scraps and make that into a burp cloth!
So around the edges of your new rectangle opening with a straight stitch and then go over the raw edges with a zigzag to finish it or if you have a surger this would be a great time to use it!
Once you’re done with your opening for the car seat you’re done!