DIY Carseat Canopy

One of the first things I was determined to make for Isabella was a new carseat canopy.

I had a gender neutral one from Aaron, but I really wanted one I could look at and enjoy day after day.

After searching and searching for the perfect fabric,

I finally decided on these gorgeous Pat Bravo prints from her Rapture Collection.

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Using my old one as a guide, I whipped this new one out in one evening.

Carseat Canopy Wide Close Up

Such a great, easy project.

I decided to use snaps as a closure (video tutorial coming soon!) instead of velcro and I am so happy with the way it turned out.

So nice and neat.

Carseat Canopy Side Snap

For a little decorative touch, I had these super big buttons that hold up the corners.  I sewed them on with embroidery thread.

Carseat Canopy Button

This would make a cute baby gift or an easy project for your own baby.  Here is what I did:

Carseat Canopy Tutorial

You will need approximately 1  1/4 yards of two coordinating fabric, snaps or velcro, and decorative buttons.

1. Cut 1 large rectangle out of each fabric.  Cut 2 small rectangles out of each fabric for the straps.

2. With right sides of the coordinating fabrics together, using a 1/2″ seam allowance, stitch all around the edges of the large rectangles, leaving an opening for turning.   Repeat for each strap.

3. Turn the canopy to the right side.  Following the video tutorial below, square your corners.  Press edges.  Topstitch all around the edge about 1/4″ from the edge, making sure to close the openings.  Repeat with the straps.  Add velcro or snaps to your straps.  Fold up each corner and press.  Sew a decorative button down through all layers to secure the corners.  Repeat for all corners.

4. Find the center of your fabric.  Place the straps approximately 9″ from center to center as shown.  Stitch across (not shown!) to secure.

When I was making this, my mother in law was over and she is a blanket making pro.  (I’m not!) She was helping me and started to square my corners for me.  I stopped her, thinking her method was genius and took a video.  This was new to me, as an apparel seamstress, so maybe it will be helpful for you!