For my second project of my nesting period of pregnancy (the time otherwise known as going overdue and I need to keep my mind off it!) I had to make one of these car seat blankets or tents, as some call them. Now, I have a lot of baby blankets around from previous babies, and I seem to always get a few of them for gifts, as I have a lot of crafty friends and family, but I just love this idea!
The worst thing about my obsession with needing to make one of these - I never carry the car seat into places, so I may never really use this blanket! (A side note for my opinion for all those parents who just have to carry these awful, ugly, heavy car seats everywhere: consider saving your back and cuddling with you child by popping them in a sling to go into the store, church, whatever! They are so cumbersome, inconvenient, and obnoxious! Quit carrying them around and get personal with your little one!)Anyway, on to my project. I checked out several of these tutorials and finally settled on one from Rosie's. Brandi's car seat covers are just so cute and trendy, I loved them at first sight. The other thing that I really liked about this tutorial over the others, was that it gave directions on how to make the straps from material instead of using buttons and ribbon (and in my book, extra costs). I used the backing fleece for this cover to make the green flower on front and I used a piece of white felt for the flower center.
Onto my mistake - I didn't realize that my car seat has a handle at an angle, but the tutorial has the measurements for a straight across handled car seat. So, when I tie it on, it is crooked. My advice to you is make sure to try the blanket on the car seat, and then pin the blanket on the car seat where you really need it. I should really rip this apart and fix it, but for those of you that really know me, know that I will just make do, because I hate to fix things like this!
Overall - I do love this project and thank Brandi for sharing on her blog! I will certainly make this one for gifts, etc. in the future.
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