*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
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.
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!