I’ve wanted a car seat canopy since I first saw them a while after I had my second child…however, I’m super cheap so I’ve just been using a blanket thrown over the car seat. Well, I recently decided that I didn’t want to deal with the blanket this time around because the older kids are always pulling it off the car seat and it gets dirty so it ends up being a rather large headache having to wash it over and over.
Back to that part about me being cheap…well, I knew they were easy enough to make, but with a newborn in the house I don’t really have that much time or energy so I thought I’d see if I could make one of our receiving blankets work. The good thing about having all girls is that we have girly blankets galore. So many, in fact, that any that aren’t hand-made have had to be donated to others in need because I haven’t had the space to store them. I was very happy to find that one that was made by my sister-in-law for my first baby was just the right size for my Graco car seat which is 38″X35″.
This project is definitely a beginner level sewing project and should only take around a half hour…unless you have little helpers, in which case just do your best but it may take an hour if you have to keep re-doing certain things. On to the basic tutorial:
If you want to see if a particular blanket will work, just drape it over the top of the car seat while the handle is up and spread it as evenly as you can. If it is two or three inches off the ground, then it’ll work. Remember that the canopy part attaches to the bottom of the handle so it will be hanging a bit lower than when it is just draped over…which means that if you don’t want it touching the ground, then you need to make sure to allow for that difference. *Remember above I had mentioned that the blanket that I used is 38″X34″. Once you’ve decided on which blanket will work. Iron it and go to the next step.