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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Carseat Swaddling Blanket

When I was pregnant with my little man, I was looking for something that would keep him extra warm while he was in his car seat. I was at Kid to Kid when I found the CUTEST homemade swaddling blanket. It was made to go in a car seat. I wish I knew who to give credit to because it's truly a great idea!

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I used:
Red flannel
Big piece 15"x40"
Small piece 19"x10.5"
Cotton print
Big piece 15"x40"
Small piece 19"x10.5"

In the picture below, I have my cotton print and red fleece.....I started out with fleece but it wasn't working so I switched to red flannel. I also took a cup, traced it on all my corners (except my 5"x6" piece) and cut them out. I wanted a rounded edge but if you don't want one, don't worry about it.

Take your 15"x40" flannel and cotton pieces and sew them together with the right sides facing each other. Make sure to leave a 6 inch gap in the center on one of the long sides. Flip it right side out. Repeat the same thing to the 19"x 10.5" pieces.

Take your 5"x6" piece, fold it in half right sides together and iron it. It should now be 2.5"x6".  Now sew the short edges.

Do you see where I've sewn it? Sorry, it's kind of hard to see.

 Now flip it right side out and iron it.
Take your smaller flannel/cotton piece (19"x10.5") and stick your 2.5"x6" piece 1/2 inch inside the gap and pin it. Now sew around the whole flannel/cotton piece about 1/4" from the edge.

It should look like the picture above after you've sewn around the whole thing.
Now take your big flannel/cotton piece and stick the other side of your 2.5"x6" piece in 1/2 inch, pin, and sew around the whole thing 1/4 inch from the edge.

Find the center of your big piece and go up 3". Draw a 2.5" line straight across. That 2.5" line is going to be the hole where your car seat buckle comes out.

If you have a buttonhole foot, use it to make your hole. Sew along the sides of the 2.5" line. I don't have a buttonhole foot so I just did a close, tight zigzag stitch around my line. Then I cut it open using a seam ripper
After you've made your hole for the buckle, you're done!! Easy enough, right?

Now take a SUPER cute baby like the one below. Strap him/her in and swaddle! My little man LOVES to be swaddled so it makes for an easier drive on his momma :-)

****I started getting a few RUDE comments about this post. Let me just clarify that I KNOW his chest strap is lower than it should be. I don't buckle him like that. I was merely taking the picture to show off the blanket, not the buckle.
***If you do not like this blanket, please DO NOT feel obligated to make one. 
Thank you!


  1. This is a really cute idea! I bet my granddaughter would love one! It is cold here!

  2. What a great idea! And it's not bulky so the straps would still fit snugly. He is too cute with that little tongue! :)

  3. What an excellent idea...and he makes the cutest faces :)

    Found your blog on SIWU link party (love it!)

  4. First I LOVE his tongue! What a great idea! Too bad all mine are too big for that :( I'd love to have an excuse to make one :)
    You should join me for Handmade 52! --Katie

  5. Ohhhh, this came out so great. And your son is soooo adorable!!

    A few blog friends and I are hosting our first link party tomorrow to finish off the Imagine the Impossibilities Challenge, we go live at 7amET. Today I revealed my project for the challenge, a gallery wall with only one screw in the wall. I'd love if you could come by to check it out and link up!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog = your newest follower

  6. That's a super cute baby! This is a great idea! Especially if you have a baby that likes being swaddled.

  7. What a great idea for a car seat! I wish I'd seen one of these when my kids were that small! Great job on yours - and very cute photos too! :)
    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  8. Those things really are a great creation! Thanks for the tutorial :)

  9. Great tutorial! Thanks for linking up at DIY Thrifty Thursdays at Thrifty've been featured! Be sure to stop by and grab an "I was Featured button". Hope to see you again this week! :)


  10. oh my!!! Love this and the adorable baby in it!!! My son had that SAME camo outfit when he was a baby.

  11. What a great idea!


  12. Wow....I made a similar design back in 2010 because my son wouldn't stop screaming in the car. I don't remember seeing anything like it at the time (but I'm also not much of a shopper either)....I wonder if people have actually read my post on it and made their own version. That would be cool!

  13. Thanks, for the instructions! I've always wonder how to properly swaddle my son during our car trips.

  14. A friend of mine just bought one of these and paid A LOT for it. Thank you for putting the instructions on here so those of us who don't have a fortune but do have a fabric stash can make our own. I live in very cold country so I'm going to try it in flannel and minkee. Thank you again. I'm excited to make it.

  15. You just saved me from worry :) I've been wondering how to get my soon-to-be-born little princess into the carseat AND swaddled at the same time...and hey, here it is! DIY. YOU ROCK! :)


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