DIY Carseat Canopy/Nursing Cover

Several cool, new baby things have come out since I had Aidan 3 1/2 years ago. One of those things is a carseat canopy, which is basically a blanket that drapes over the carseat, with attached velcro tabs that secure it to the handle. That way if the baby is sleeping or if you are carrying her in the carseat in the cold air or rain, you don’t have to worry about the blanket sliding off.

Great idea!

I shopped around online, but decided I would rather make my own so that I could use fabric more to my liking. A couple of other things on my “sewing for baby” list were a nursing cover and some basic little blankets. While I was thinking about these projects, I realized that all three (carseat canopy, nursing cover, and basic blanket) would all be very similar in size and design, with the only real difference being the straps. So to save time on sewing projects and space in my diaper bag, I decided to combine all three projects into one.

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I made a basic turned and top-stitched baby blanket that measures 24″ x 32″. I did a patchwork top made mostly from the Amy Butler LARK Collection and then backed it with a piece of flannel that I found at Wal-Mart. I didn’t use any batting or additional layers of fabric in between, because I wanted it to be fairly lightweight since I would also be using it as a nursing cover and carseat canopy.

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To be able to use the blanket as a carseat canopy, I made a set of straps with mitten clips sewn on each end. My finished straps measure 1″ wide by 7″ long (not including the mitten clips or fold over allowance).

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To convert the blanket into a carseat canopy, I simply clip these straps over the handle to secure the blanket in place.

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To convert the same blanket into a nursing cover, I made a second set of adjustable straps. One strap measures 1″ wide by 9″ long, and has a mitten clip on one end, and a set of “D” rings on the other. The longer strap measures 1″ wide by 18″ long, and has a mitten clip on one end and is just hemmed on the other end. (Length measurements do not include mitten clips, “D” rings, or fold over allowance.)

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To use the blanket as a nursing cover, you simply weave the long strap through the “D” rings on the shorter strap and clip the ends onto the blanket.

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Once you put the nursing cover on, you can adjust the strap length to your liking.

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I was so happy with the way it turned out, I decided to make another one in a different color scheme!

For the second one, I used fabric from Anna Maria Horner’s Loulouthi Collection with a few other fabrics in the mix. I used Anna Maria Horner’s Spinning Stars Quilt Pattern for the patchwork square in the center, and then just kept adding strips of fabric to both the length and the width to achieve the right measurement. I backed the blanket with a cute flannel that I found at JoAnn’s.

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I love both of these little blankets and I can’t wait to put my baby girl in her carseat surrounded by these beautiful colors and snuggly flannels. It won’t be long now!

If you want to make one for yourself, but found any of my directions confusing, let me know in the comments and I will try to help you better understand my steps/measurements or provide you with links to sewing tutorials that might help.

Always,

Amanda



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Comments

  1. I LOVE these. I’m having my 3rd little girl in early December and now I’m off to hunt through etsy to see if I can find something similar. You should consider selling these!

    • I’m thinking about reopening my shop and adding baby items. They are so fun to make! I just have to see if I can manage a newborn, homeschooling, and ministry first. 🙂

      • Kathy sulewski says:

        Amanda can you tell me approximately how far down from the top of blanket you are placing the clips and how far for the second clip for the car seat cover up. My does not seem to drape as yours does from your pictures that you have posted. My blanket is 32×25. Thankyou

        • Amanda Medlin says:

          Kathy, I would be happy to check for you but I am no longer using the blanket as a carseat cover because my daughter is now almost two and in a different carseat, and the straps are packed up with her baby clothes so I have no way of measuring. The picture above shows the blanket on a Chicco Keyfit 30 carseat. Since makes and models of carseats vary in size and shape, I am guessing the way the blanket drapes will also be different. I would just play around with it to get the best fit. Also, mine worked best when the shade part of the carseat was fully extended. Hope that helps a little!

  2. I love this idea and want to make one myself, but the clips seem to be a hassle, what would be a good replacement?

  3. Lindsay Brown says:

    did your cover work well? anything you would have changed?

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      It works great! If I were to change anything, I would probably make the clip straps a bit shorter, maybe 5″ long instead of 7″.

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