Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Carseat Blanket

Alright, so I am going to start out by telling all of you the story about who and why I made this car seat blanket. Some of you know that my son Zane is adopted. So, I feel sort of connected to anyone who is also going, or has gone through the same "miracle". Well some of our good friends have been waiting for a little while and have gone through some ups and downs recently. This last weekend they got a call from their agency that there was a birth mom who wanted to meet them. So, they packed up some stuff to drive out and meet her. Little did they know they were going to get a little baby girl that same weekend! They were on there way and got a call from the agency that the birth mom had gone into labor and had her baby girl. So, instead of just going out to meet the birth mom, they were going out to bring their baby girl home! I am so excited for them! I just can't contain myself!
I have seen these car seat covers everywhere and have wished that I had had one with Zane. They are so convenient and cute at the same time. You don't have to cover the car seat completely with a blanket and then figure out how you are going to get your arm under to carry it. So I decided to make one for our friends. I found the fabric at my favorite fabric store ever! The Cotton Shop I bought a yard of two coordinating fabrics and then trimmed them both to 41 X 36 inches. I then layed them on top of each other front sides together and sewed a 1/2 seam all the way around, leaving about 3 inches open on one side so that I could turn it inside out. I then turned it inside out and ironed the entire thing, tucking in the part that hadn't been sewn yet. Next I sewed another 1/2 inch seam around the entire thing again. Now, it basically looks like a receiving blanket. Next I cut two pieces of 1 inch wide ribbon about 20 inches long being sure to cut the ends at angles and be sure to put Fray Check on the ends of the ribbons so that they won't fray. I layed the blanket how I would like it to lay on the car seat and marked where I would like the ribbons. Sew the ribbons right onto the blanket. That's it! Your done. So adorable! I can't wait to give it to them!
OK so now I need all of your help! I have about a million projects started for my next post but I can't decide which one to finish first! I want your opinion! The bottom picture is a bit of a teaser! This is some fabric that I once again bought at The Cotton Shop. I am going to make a rag quilt out of it. So I can either finish that or I also have started a really cute applique embroidery thing or some really cute leather hair clips for adults! That's, right adults! For once I am not posting clips for little girls! Leave me a comment and let me know which one YOU want me to post about first! Thank you all so much for reading. I am having so much fun! XOXO
Linking up to:



  1. Love this! I would love for you to come link up over at my blog! I've got prizes :)

  2. I would love to Jill. Thank you!

  3. Tara, that cover turned out so cute. Sorry we totally forgot to look at mine while I was there. Darling!

  4. I featured you today!!!
    Grab our button if you want.

    Thanks for sharing, Tara.

  5. I LOVE this idea! How neat!! I linked on last weekend's weekly roundup and am just now (yikes!) getting around to commenting.

    I have some ideas on how to change this up to use a dark print piece of fleece for a friend's baby due this fall - if I get it to turn out, I'll post about it and link back up to you. Thanks so much for sharing

  6. Thanks guys! I have actually seen one before made out of fleece Lenetta! It turned out really cute and they just tied the ends like a regular blanket. You will definetly have to let me know how it turns out!

  7. This is a great post, very interesting points and I have enjoyed immeasurably. Lots of thanks!
    Pepperfry Coupon