Car Seat Cover Tutorial Part 1: The Cover

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Sewing,Tutorials

Read Part 2: The Ties

sewing car seat covers

We got a new car seat for baby #3, a Britax Chaperone. My old car seat cover would have worked just fine, but the colors didn’t really match. So it wouldn’t really have worked just fine.

Zebra stripes and paisleys work much better.

how to make a baby car seat cover

Love. It.

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I used minky for the underside to give it a bit more weight and warmth. This baby will be born in August after all, which means he’ll spend most of his little months in a cold Utah winter.

And I love minky. It’s just so nice and soft.

Here’s what you’ll need to make a minky car seat cover.


  • 1 yard minky
  • 1 1/4 yard coordinating fabric for top (maybe a little more if you’re going to piece it together like I did) and straps


how to make an infant car seat cover

1. Pin the two layers, right sides together and round the edges.  A dinner plate is just right.

2. Sew the two layers together, leaving a 6″ opening for turning.

3. Turn inside out and press edges smooth, pressing under the edges of the opening.

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4. Edge stitch around the entire cover, sewing the opening closed.

That it for the main cover part! You didn’t really even need a tutorial…

Stay tuned for Part 2: The Straps next week!


1 Kathy July 16, 2011 at 5:32 am

That’s really neat! My “baby” is 5 and I am amazed how many new things there are for a baby since he was little. Is this so baby can sleep better plus keep out any drafts or nosy strangers?

2 Michell July 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Hi Kelsey,
I was wondering if you use the whole yard or what the dimensions of the cover was and the length of the straps? Great idea!

3 Kelsey July 27, 2011 at 8:20 am

The entire cover is about 36″ wide x 42″ long, so one yard of fabric is just about perfect. Maybe a yard and 2 inches…And the total length of my straps were about 23″, but you can do whatever works for your car seat. Good luck!

4 Michelle July 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Thank you so much for the information!

5 Diann Ruesch July 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Great seat cover pattern. Thanks for sharing! I love the contrasting colors on the outer part. Great idea!

6 Michele July 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I’ve been looking for a pattern for a carseat cover. I’m having a baby in a few months and need to get sewing!

7 Kailee August 6, 2011 at 10:44 am

I’m wondering what dimensions you used for the paisley print?

8 Jessica Farris August 19, 2011 at 10:00 am

Hey Kelsey!

I’m one of the Editors at and I just wanted to let you know I have linked to your project on our site. You can see the project here: I think the baby seat cover is an adorable and fun project that our readers will just love to make! This will easily bring traffic to your site and allow others to see what’s new on your site.

We’re hoping by reaching out we’ll hear from you. With that said, can we have permission to link to any project on your site as well as use the image, with credit to you, of course?


Jessica Farris

9 Kelsey August 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Awesome! You can absolutely link to any of my tutorials and use photos. Thanks!

10 Mae September 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I love the zebra/paisley print. And the minky on the backside. Great idea! I noticed you did ties instead of velcro. Why do you prefer ties?

11 Rebecca September 24, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I’m excited to make one of these. Thanks for the tutorial!

12 Shirley April 21, 2012 at 11:19 pm

I found your tutorial very informing, with good photos and instructions. The problem I had was that I am a Grandmother and now a Great grandmother, I have no car seat carrier to measure for the ties. It would have been nice to even have an estimate for placement to make this item. I have found most people who write the same type of tutorial forget that even us older people sew. I do like the rest of your tutorial and I think you did a great job of sewing.

13 crystal July 21, 2012 at 9:34 am

i had posted yesterday i swear and now dont see it, i need help i am putting a slit up the middle of the front so easier to let baby get air, or for me to have a quick peek. problem is im a new to sewing besides quilts with my gma, so i dont have the proper tools such as a rotary cutter and marking pencil…. so im doing my best with what ive got, basically a machine and fabric…… soooo if i want silk frill to face the outter side of the tent, when i pin in the frill i pin the side i want facing outward twords the front of tent fabric, correct???? thanks for your help! =)

14 Mialee July 22, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Just completed my own cover! I love it! Thanks for the tutorial. :)

15 NWFLDeaconsWife August 18, 2012 at 11:19 am

Here’s another thought for these lovely covers. With this one’s “Easy on, easy off” design ties…it’s perfect for keeping the seat from getting too hot to put baby in during the summer. My neighbor drops off his daughter at daycare in the morning since he doesn’t have to be at work as early as wife. He swings by her work and puts the baby seat in her car so she can pick up baby when she gets off work around 1pm. The seat sits in the car in the sun all that time and gets hot. The daycare is close to her work so the airconditioner in the car doesn’t cool it off before she has to pick up baby. Ouchie for baby! This is a PERFECT solution for them!

16 Karina October 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Love that I found this! Will be making before baby #3!

17 Lisa March 27, 2013 at 6:15 pm

This cover is gorgeous. I was crazy about covering my son when he was little because people would just touch him just because. This would also be a really great gift idea for a new mom.

18 Tarryn July 15, 2013 at 4:37 am

Been looking for a tutorial on how to make one of these, thank you i am defiantly going to try it out!

19 Bev Jackson October 21, 2013 at 5:42 am

Just a thought since I have made this. The fabric length is given CROSS GRAIN so if you have a lengthwise pattern (you want to see it go from front to back on the carrier) buy about 45 inches (1 1/4 YD). The 36 inch length will go across the handles. The shrinkage is different cross grain and length wise. You will have about 9X45 inches left over for a diaper clutch or the handles, a quilt scraps to match, etc. Very cute and simple car seat cover.

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