Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Car seat strap covers

I started off with store-bought strap covers for Audrey's car seat, and while they did the job just fine, they weren't especially cute. Each time I threw them in the wash, I would make a mental note to buy another set as backup. Then, I realized it would be so easy to just make my own...so of course, that's exactly what I did!

*5/7/13 After an anonymous reader left an informative comment regarding these straps, I felt it was important to address a couple of things:
1. Although these were made as exact replicas of the originals in terms of size, it is always best and safest to use the strap covers that came with your car seat.
2. If made incorrectly or too large, strap covers can cause the chest clip to sit too low, which is unsafe for baby. The correct position for the chest clip is at armpit level.
3. I had Audrey's chest clip sitting just a little lower in these pictures for purposes of the tutorial only, so you could see more of the strap cover. We did not travel like this in her seat. My apologies for any confusion.

Here's what you'll need if you'd like to do the same:

  • Velcro (I used the fabric fusion type, but I also sewed it on for extra strength)
  • Fleece in the color of your choice
  • Flannel in the color/print of your choice
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Scissors

1. Cut 2 pieces of flannel, and 2 pieces of fleece that are each about 8"wide by 6" long. *It is really best and safest to replicate the exact size of the original strap covers that came with your car seat.*

2. Pin one piece of flannel to one piece of fleece, right sides facing each other.

3. Sew together, leaving a small opening to turn the fabric right side out.

4. Before turning it right side out, trim the corners and edges of excess fabric.

5. Once you have it right side out, tuck the fabric in at the opening and sew it shut.

6. Sew a zig-zag stitch around the perimeter.

7. Cut your velcro so that it fits just inside of your zig-zag stitches. One side of the velcro should be on the fleece, and the other, on the felt, as shown. Stitch velcro on by sewing around its perimeter.

8. Repeat steps to create your second strap cover, then you're done!

Imagine all the cute straps you could make using your favorite fabrics! The possibilities are endless! I hope you all enjoyed this easy project!


  1. I love that first picture of Audrey. The way her arms are stretched out, it looks like she's taking a self-portrait!

  2. Lol Melissa...I was thinking the exact same thing!:)

  3. Your daughter is gorgeous! This seems like a simple project, I am starting to get the itch to learn how to sew. They are adorable covers and it looks like they fit well over the straps, I can never seem to get the ones we purchased to stay flush with the straps. They are a complete pain.

    Greetings from Baltimore. My hubby works in NoVa!


  4. @The Southern Housewife...Aw thank you! It is really simple! This would be a great little starter project for you!:) Ha! Small world!!

  5. Oh my goodness she is so precious!!! Great tutorial!!!

  6. Please be careful with using anything that did not come with your car seat. They have not been tested or approved for safety. They also put your child's chest clip too low. If your insurance company finds out that you use these after an accident, they can and will not pay for any medical or replacement charges toward your child.
    Stick with what came with your car seat

    1. Thank you for your comment and concern. I actually used the original strap covers as a template to make these, so they are the same size. Audrey's chest clips are at armpit level at all times, which is right where they should be. (When I took these pictures we were not going out anywhere in the car seat...they were taken purely for purposes of the tutorial). I agree though, if made incorrectly these could force the chest clip too low which would be unsafe. I will add that important note to the tutorial.

  7. I think these are wonderful! I can't imagine a little piece of cloth causing someone to make a comment like that. If someone is concerned about safety.. stick with store bought. Although, these will NOT cause harm.

  8. Thanks for this tutorial! I'm planning on making some tonight :)

  9. omgosh your kid is adorable! i love the photos with her!


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