DIY Car Seat Cover

by Kelsey Norwood

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I was just waiting to find the perfect fabric to do this project, and I found it! Here’s how to make your own car seat cover:

(But first, if you are a sewing beginner and need help, I recommend this sewing ebook.)

car seat cover tutorial

Supplies and Materials

  • 1 yard each of two coordinating fabrics
  • 6″ of a third coordinating fabric
  • 2 1/2″ of a fourth coordinating fabric

Car Seat Cover Instructions

  1. Cut the 2 main fabric pieces to be about 41″ x 36″. Round the corners.
  2. Sew right sides together leaving a little space for turning. Notch corners, press seams open.
  3. Turn right side out and press edges.
  4. Edgestitch around the entire thing.
  5. Fold the third and fourth coordinating fabric pieces in half and cut off the fold so you have 4 pieces (2 of each fabric).car-seat-cover
  6. For the 6″ strap, press in half (picture 2) and then fold the raw edge in to the center and press (picture 3).car-seat-cover2a
  7. For the 2 1/2″ strap, press the edges to the center. I used a bias tape maker to get the first fold (picture 4) and then pressed the other edge to meet (picture 6).
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  9. With the raw edges of the wider strap facing up and the raw edges of the narrow strap facing down, lay the narrow strap on top of the wide one and top stitch into place, tucking the ends inside and edge stitching the ends.
  10. Sew the straps onto the main piece.

car seat cover tutorial

Cutting out the fabric for this project is actually more time consuming than sewing it together. The sewing is super easy and anyone can do it! These car seat covers are great for winter or summer weather, can double as a blanket, and are just so precious! Enjoy!

Once again, if you need sewing help then get the sewing 101 ebook here.


1 Kellie June 9, 2009 at 7:58 am

As always, you have come through for me ;) I wanted to make one of these and could not find instructions anywhere! And lo and behold, here it is! Thanks a bunch, I will be making one very soon.

I also made the bobby cover and was very proud of myself (somewhat novice when it comes to this type of sewing) so I just thought I would let you know, lol!

Thanks again, excited to make this!

2 Annette W June 9, 2009 at 8:30 am

You are incredibly clever. And you are saving lots of money! Great fabric prints, too!

3 Baba June 9, 2009 at 9:05 am

I didn’t think making a car seat cover would be so easy. Thanks!

4 Michelle June 9, 2009 at 1:06 pm

That looks so cute. I am a little confused as to where you sew the straps on. Do you sew them on the edge or is it in the middle of the main piece of fabric? Are you also sewing in the middle of the strap so you can bring the ends up around to tie onto the handle?
Thanks for the tutorial.

5 liz memmott June 9, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Ver good I like it

6 Wendy June 10, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Beautiful! What is the fabric pattern called?

7 Kiley June 10, 2009 at 5:23 pm

I wish I could sew! You are so talented, I am jealous!

8 Kelsey June 11, 2009 at 8:38 am

You sew them in the middle of the main piece of fabric so you can tie them onto the handle and still be able to grab onto the handle. And yes, you sew the straps in the middle of the fabric so it’s attached really well (I did a 2″ square). Good questions, I’ll have to clarify the post. Thanks!

9 Kelsey June 11, 2009 at 8:38 am

I don’t know! I’ll try and find out and let you know.

10 Cristina June 11, 2009 at 11:33 am

Where did you find that gorgeous fabric? It’s incredible!

11 Sara June 11, 2009 at 3:53 pm

I wish I had this post when my little one was in her carrier car seat. Do you have one for a big car seat cover? I would love to make one for our britax marathon to cover so it doesn’t get stained.

12 Becky Smith June 13, 2009 at 5:52 pm

This looks so easy to sew and such a better alternative to throwing a blanket over the top of the carseat, since this actually ties on to the handle. Great idea!

13 Missy June 15, 2009 at 8:35 am

I’m so excited you posted this! I have several close friends having babies soon and I really like making unique gifts. Thank you for the idea and I do love the fabric you chose.

14 Brooke D. June 15, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this! I have been wanting to make one! Now I can and I have the perfect fabric to use!

I love your fabric you picked!

15 Jenni June 15, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Just discovered your blog. I love all the great ideas you have.

This fabric is great, do you remember where you bought it? Or do you know who manufactured it? I’d love to find some. (Thank gosh for the selvages info, or I would never remember where my fabric came from)

16 Kelsey June 17, 2009 at 12:57 pm

I went back to the Quilting Cottage yesterday and it’s a Michael Miller print called Zoology, and it comes in 2 different color schemes, this one and a red/black/green that is also very cute.

17 Kelsey June 17, 2009 at 12:57 pm

I got it at a little store called the Quilting Cottage in Utah County, but you can get it at Broadbents in Lehi or online.

18 Kelsey June 17, 2009 at 12:58 pm


I got the fabric at The Quilting Cottage in Utah County. If you’re not in Utah, you can find it online. It’s a Michael Miller print called Zoology. Good luck!

19 Joanna Price June 24, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Thanks for sharing- if I have a girl for my 2nd I’m going to want a new one- I found the one I have on Craigslist, but normally they are so expensive! Hopefully I get a chance to try this!

20 Jenn August 12, 2009 at 11:03 am

I made one of these for my sister who is having a baby next month. I used my car seat as a model of where to place the straps– come to find out she has one of those weird handles with the z thing going on… I placed the straps where I thought they would be and hoping for the best!

21 Pepperblossom Decor August 18, 2009 at 9:03 pm

So cute! We think it is so great that you do this to help people out! You provide such fun ideas and cute unique items! Love finding people who share our love and passion for crafting and creating! Keep it up! So cute! Do you mind if we show some of your ideas on our page? We promise to give the credit! :)

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22 MaryLou September 26, 2009 at 2:16 pm

not clear how u attach the strap and where on the cover.

23 Becky Campora February 12, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Can you tell/show me how to make a two piece pad set for a wooden highchair? I’d like to make it with a cute tiny little ruffle around the edge.The back of the highchair is round with slats..don’t know what that typical shape is called. I would like a cover that is removable from the foam inner piece so that it can be easily washed.

24 Sew It To Me February 24, 2010 at 10:41 am

Your DIY Car Seat Cover has been featured!

25 Liz September 20, 2010 at 9:18 am

Thanks for sharing! This is so easy to follow. I have made a couple for baby gifts and they are a huge hit. I will be featuring you on my blog.

26 Joy October 1, 2010 at 1:17 pm

I have made 2 of these now! I did the front a quilting cotton in a really fun pattern and then the back a super soft faux-fur in a coordinating colour. Both were baby gifts and everyone thinks it super creative. Thanks so much for the easy instructions!

27 Kelsey October 1, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Joy, I’m so glad you’ve had success with this tutorial!

28 April J October 14, 2010 at 7:07 am

Thank you for this tutorial! I’ve always wanted to know how to make one of these! What great baby shower gifts they will make!

29 stephanie p. October 25, 2010 at 9:48 am

this is “simply” amazing…i’ve been looking forever for a pattern like this! thanks so much for posting it! you are my hero for the day!

30 M. Akers October 27, 2010 at 8:10 am

Adorable idea, I made one out of 2 layers of fleece for winter, since my baby is due this November. I made one strap for the center because I have a z-style handle. I loved it so much I made one for a friend that is due in January and I plan on making another one for myself out of cotton for the summer shade. I’d love to send you pictures, not sure how. Thanks for a great idea :)

31 Kelsey November 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Good for you! Fleece is a great idea for winter and this project is lots easier than making a car seat bunting.

32 gina campbell November 5, 2010 at 10:07 am

What is the length of the pieces for the straps, I am not totally clear on how to sew them, so that they become ties when looking at the picture. Thanks!

33 Shannon January 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm

That is a very cute print. I have seen these all over the web and decided to make one. A lot of people sell the patterns, so thank you for making it so accessible. I only wish I would have done it sooner, but it is so great for winter. It blocks out light when they are sleeping, wind when it’s blowing, and pesty and germy people in the store. :) The one I made is actually made of fleece and I only did it one layer for ease, but I like the double layer ones because it seems like they wouldn’t blow up as easily.

34 Marea May 2, 2011 at 5:13 pm

I made this, is so lovely, only thing I did different was add a thin peice of polyester wadding between the 2 main peices for a bit of weight and warmth (as I used a 100% cotton fabric), beautiful thanks!

35 Jenny Clark June 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Having trouble figuring out where to put the straps and how do they attach-Velcro????? Please e-mail me back. thanks Jen

36 Kelsey July 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Because every car seat is different, you just have to use your car seat to figure out the exact placement. Center them from right to left and the cover should be a little bit longer in the front than in the back. You just have to figure it out using your car seat. And sew them on. Good luck!

37 Megan September 20, 2011 at 8:19 am

Thanks for this and the follow up tutorials. I wanted to make one of these to put on my red and gray car seat, so it could be a bit more girlie. Only took a couple hours to throw together. The straps are still long enough if you didn’t realize you purchased fabric that isn’t 41″wide.

38 Tiffany February 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Hi this is absolutely adorable!! How much was it to make this? And how easy? I’ve never sewn before but there are so many cute things to make for babies now. Thanks :)

39 rosita May 16, 2012 at 8:52 am

First grand and I am excited to make him one . Well let you know how it came out. Thank you.

40 hope May 17, 2012 at 5:25 pm

This is sort of what I am looking for ,but I want it to open in the front. This one looks noce . My craftiness is at a blank. Thank you.

41 mimi hope June 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I will be sewing this week end . We are being presented with grandchild 5, we did not have any thing like this in the olden days. I am looking for a pattern that has opening in front. I will be working on a patteren on /off my mind. Thank you

42 Jerri Grush December 9, 2012 at 8:55 am

I’m wondering about the length of the 6″ and 2 1/2″ fabrics for the straps?

43 Kim November 20, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Not too sure about the straps (that seems to be the main puzzle for everyone!!) – how long should I cut them? Thanks,

44 Kelsey Norwood November 22, 2013 at 2:14 pm

You really just have to measure your car seat handle and cut them to fit. When in doubt, do them a little long. You can always shorten. Mine is put away (since my baby is now 2!) but I would say they were 24 – 30″ long each. But it really doesn’t matter, as long as they’re long enough to tie around your handle.

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