One of the things I made for Mr. T before he was born were some ever-so-manly car seat strap covers made from camouflaged flannel (HECK if I can find a picture of them!). Well, seeing as how now we’re having a girl, I had some minky scraps just begging to be made into some ever-so-soft-and-girly car seat strap covers! I took pictures during the process so you can see how fast and easy they are to make for yourself!
What you need are four 7″ squares of fabric, two 7″ squares of quilt batting, double fold bias tape and two 5″ strips of Velcro:
Pin layers together and then measure 2 1/4″ in from each side. Mark with a pen, or in my case, pins. (Note: if you use pins, be sure to remove each one just as you sew to it. This means you are essentially eyeballing it with some guidance.)
You may or may not notice that my pin heads are in opposite directions. I sewed the layers together one direction, turned and then sewed the other way. Minky, especially, is so slippery, it helps to go two different directions in an effort to keep the layers even. If you’re not lazy, like me, this would be a good time to use your walking foot and then you wouldn’t have to worry about direction, but alas…
Sew down those lines and then come back to your cutting board to round the corners. I just used my sewing needle packet. You could use a pill bottle, small glass, spool of thread – whatever’s handy.
Completely open the narrow edge of your bias tape, aligning the raw edge with the edge of your strap covers, and start stitching in the fold all the way around the strap cover:
Overlap slightly, sew together or use your favorite method for joining the ends of the bias tape, then turn to the other side and stitch in place:
Fold the cover on the sewn, vertical lines to see which way you’d prefer the straps velcro together. I chose the side I just finished stitching the bias tape to to be the outside and then chose the edge with my bias tape seam to fold in first so it would be hidden by the other side folding over it. Center and place the velcro strips near the edge so that the corners almost touch the bias tape and stitch in place:
And there you have it! Cute, plush, girly car seat strap covers cut & sewn (with pictures taken in between) in about an hour!