When I found out that I was having a baby girl about a year ago, I decided to put my limited sewing skills to the test and make a cutesy covering for her carrier. I searched Pinterest for covers that would be easy to make, but would have a little extra pretty flair.
I found this fabulous tutorial. I added in the big green buttons and I made the Velcro straps slightly different than the original. You can embellish it (with buttons, rick rack, ribbon, etc.) as much or as little as you like!
I’ve gotten so many compliments on it. I love that I can put baby in her “cave” when she’s sleeping and it offers a shield from peekers and pokers while we’re out. And she sleeps longer when she’s in it because it’s darker in there.
These make fantastic gifts, also! Before I started sewing, I got so excited when someone gave me something like this that I couldn’t make for myself.
I made this before I started my blog, but check out Make-it-Do if you’d like step-by-step pictures of the process.
- Cut top and backing fabrics 35″ wide and 42″ long. Be sure to cut directional fabric in the right direction. I pieced the top by cutting a strip of the backing fabric and sewing it onto the top piece. If you do this, just make sure that your finished dimensions are 35″ wide and 42″ long.
- Create curved corners by placing a large bowl in the corner and tracing around it with your fabric marking pen or pencil. Cut along traced line. The rounded corners keep the cover off the floor, so they are functional and decorative.
- Cut straps 2 from backing and 2 from top (or four from your backing like I did), 4″ x 9 1/2″. If you want to do any piecing, just make sure the finished dimensions are 4″ x 9 1/2″.
- For the main body of the cover, place right sides of front and backing together and stitch together using 1/4″ seam, leaving a small opening. NOTE: All seams are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted.
- Clip curved corners and turn right side out. You can use a chopstick or a butter knife all the way around the seam for a nice edge. Iron flat.
- Using a scant 1/4″ seam, topstitch all the way around the outside edge to give it a nice, finished look, and to close the small opening.
- To make the straps, place the right sides of front and back together (or the right sides of the backing fabric together like I did). Stitch around, leaving one end open.
- Clip corners and turn right side out. Again, use a chopstick or butter knife for nice edge. Iron flat.
- Close the opening. Repeat steps 7-8 for the second strap.
- Fold straps to check placement of Velcro. Pin and stitch Velcro into place. Make sure the end where you stitched closed is on the inside and therefore will be hidden.
- Press the straps in half to act as a guide. For placement of stitching on the straps, (to attach the straps to the body of the cover), measure 4 1/2″ in from both sides, and draw a line with fabric marking pen. **If your carrier is a different design like mine was, you may need to measure where to put the straps by hand to ensure they end up in the right place.
- For placement of straps, measure 19″ from the top and 11 1/2″ from each side. There should be about 5 1/2 ” between each strap and about 21″ from the strap to the bottom. If you’re a visual person, see this illustration for strap placement.
- Pin straps into place. Stitch and then reinforce stitching. The stitching will be 1″ apart, and I stitched in a box shape.