Learn how to make your own baby car seat canopy with our easy to follow tutorial below! 👶
- 2 yards contrasting fabric
- 1 Yard 2” ribbon
- Sewing machine
- 9 Snaps
- Marking pen
- French curve (or large bowl)
Step 1: Preparing Fabric
First you will start by cutting both of your fabrics out at 42” x 36”. We used our cotton poplin fabric making it the perfect size!
Next you will fold each of your fabrics in half long ways separately making sure corners are matched up perfectly.
Now you will choose what side will be the front of the canopy on both fabrics. On the front corners of the canopy you will measure down 3” on both sides. Then you will round them out from each mark using a French curve if you have one or a large bowl.
Then for the back corners you will do the same but measure down 5” on each side. Once you have the corners marked cut the rounded edges out.
Now you will mark the center of your fabric in the front. You will then measure up from that mark 18” and connect the marks. Cut along the new line on both fabrics.
Step 2: Sewing the Canopy
Now you will put right sides together on the 2 contrasting fabrics insuring both the front and back sides are matched up and pin around edges.
Now you will sew a ½” seam allowance all the way around leaving a 5” opening in the back.
Next you will clip all corners and rounded edges and turn right side out. Once it is right side out press the edges and press and pin closed the 5” opening.
Top stitch around entire canopy at ¼” seam allowance.
Step 3: Creating Ribbon Attachments
Now cut four 9” ribbon pieces (if you do not want the canopy to be reversible you will only need two ribbon pieces). You will then press each end inward ¼”. Then fold each side in another 5/8” and sew at ½” seam allowance.
Once each side is sewn on each ribbon you will then put 2 snaps on both sides of the ribbons. Follow the instructions included with the snaps on how to attach them.
Next you will find the middle of your canopy by folding it in half short ways, matching front corners with back corners. You will then measure over from each side 13” and pin the middle of one ribbon piece there on front and back. Repeat for the other side.
Now you will sew across the ribbon being sure to back stitch a few times for a strong secure hold.
For the final touch you will add 3 more snaps down the open center front staggering about 6″ apart!
You are done! These are so easy to make and with the option of making it reversible it can be perfect for any mood! Make your own or make one for friends or family who are expecting a little one in their life!
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