Friday, November 12, 2010

Car Seat Re-Cover 3

If you've been reading along you remember when I put out a call for projects as I'd run out of fun things to do.  KD responded with just what I was looking for, a car seat re-cover.  I've done two of these already that you can read about here and here and I enjoyed them both.  They're a challenge and they're difficult but the end result is well worth all the energy, don't you think?


KD handed me her car seat


along with these fabrics.

There are three sock monkey fabrics and the bundle of polka dots is handmade bias tape (that I was so grateful for, it was perfect for piping).  I'm sure KD would have been fine if I didn't use everything she gave me but they all looked so cute together so I fit them all in.

I'm not going to go into too much detail on this project because it's just like the last one and I detailed it pretty well over here.  Instead I'm just going to show you lots of pictures.

Hopefully KD will forgive me for mentioning that this was the dirtiest car seat I've ever seen and the cover looked practically new after a spin through the washing machine, I almost could have stopped there.  It was also a new challenge because it used piping.  At first I didn't think it would be a big deal but it made the whole thing a bit of a jigsaw puzzle, certain pieces couldn't be assembled until the piping was put on but the piping couldn't be put on until another piece was assembled... tricky but do-able.  In the photos the piping is tough to see but it looks so cute, here's a closer picture.

Here's a closer photo to show all the fabrics together.

I added the banana strap covers but they can be removed if she doesn't want them.

Catie is going to be very sad when this seat gets delivered because she loves it!  She sits and laughs and gets up and sits back down, over and over.  She would get very angry when I was doing fittings and wouldn't let her play.

For all the before and after lovers out there...



I'm going to toot my own horn for a minute here, I did a couple of really smart things on this project and I'm going to tell you about all of them because I'm so pleased with the results.

Starting at the top and working down, the banana piece was supposed to be two pieces sewn together since one of them has much more padding for the headrest.  It made a lot more sense for me to use one piece so the pattern carries on.   Looks cute and doesn't change the functionality.

The side of the carseat has a tiny label telling you how to use the lap seat belt, that got unpicked and re-attached to the new cover (sewing is all about the details).

I added small little straps (they're hidden underneath) to keep those armrest pieces from being pulled up.  They should stay on nice and snug now.

The bottom of the car seat has holes that lined up with holes in the fabric where I assume you could attach the two pieces together somehow.  I've seen this on every car seat cover I've done but I've never actually seen the fabric attached or any hardware to attache it.  I sewed a strap underneath the fabric that ties through those holes to keep the cover nice and snug so it can't be lifted.

Okay, horn tooting over.


So KD now has a custom and improved car seat cover that fits her personality and will hold her little guy comfortably, I hope she's as happy with the results as I am.

The drought of projects has also ended and my list is piling up so there should be a lot more fun posts to come, sorry for the dry spell.



I'll be linking this project up to these great parties.

16 comments:

The Wolseys said...

Bahaha! You have not seen anything! We do wash the kid's car seats every few month's but the boy's are so gross when they eat and well pretty much do anything, Plus it's Blazer's car seat who is 10 times worse then any other boy i know. Now that the dirty car seat is justified (ok not justifide but at least explained). I love it!!! It's so cute! I'm glad you used all the differnt fabrics. I love all of them and bought them to all go together. Blazer has been asking when he get's his carseat with monkey's back!! THanks so much Laura!

JuneBug said...

Wow! That's amazing. Great job, especially on the little details. I've been playing around with trying this on my baby's car seat, handed down to her by her big sister... Did you sew onto the existing seat cover? Did you take apart the existing seat cover to put it all back together, or just sew-on-top kind of thing?

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

awesome!! What a great idea! Please come link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings www.ladybug-blessings.com

DANA said...

That is awesome! I would love for you to come link up at our Strut Your Stuff Party!

http://danajeanward.blogspot.com/2010/11/strut-your-stuff-link-party-and.html

Heather said...

Absolutely amazing work. You are one talented lady!

Judy said...

Very cute! I love the fabrics you used and how fun it turned out!

MamaK said...

Wow! You are very talented! You might want to post a warning that in states with a proper usage clause law that it could/would be illegal to recover a carseat in this way.

AllieMakes! said...

Fabulous job! Love the coordinating fabrics!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
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Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

This is the most amazing recover of a car seat I've seen! I LOVE it! The details are incredible! I missed posting Topsy Turvy Tuesday's this week, but I'll be featuring this next week! It's just gorgeous. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

SarainAkko said...

Wow the piping really makes a world of difference between OK project and OMG project! I have a carrier/carseat we've used for 2 kids already and it's about to be loaned out to a 3rd...I should clearly take a lesson from you.

r_c_kunkel said...

Do you have a type of fabric you have found to be more durable/longer lasting/more washable to use for recovering? I have thought about using sunbrella fabric just because it seems to be a nicer grade of fabric.

Laura said...

Honestly I've never really thought about using any type of fabric but cotton. So far everything has held up but it's also all been covered in the last year.

Nina said...

Wow...I just love the transformation of the car seat....I am trying to recover my daughters car seat now and am having difficulty. You make it look so easy...
Great work...wish I could ask you a few questions..LOL!!

Laura said...

NIna you can definitely ask me questions! Feel free to send me an email or just post questions here. I'd love to help anyway I can.

Heather Sellers said...

Just wanted to let you know that using a carseat cover that was not manufactured with/by your seat can compromise its safety and void the warranty. If you get in a wreck insurance and the carseat company can refuse to pay for a new carseat because of it as well.

ROSE R said...

You are VERY talented! You should start selling these things for sure:) Come to my "Restyle Your World" linky party on Monday...saying goodbye to summertime with a look at our fave summery projects, decorating, art, photography, crafting, installation Carseat etc.
Thanks!