Friday, April 2, 2010

Car seat tent, toddler purses, and a car cozy!! Phew!

My cousin is due with a girl in May. It's her fourth baby so I thought it'd be fun to do a little gift for each of the four. For the baby, I made a carseat tent. I think this idea is brilliant. No more throwing a blanket over the handle and chance it slipping off the sleeping baby. The fabric is bright and springy, don't you think?

I can't seem to find the exact tutorial I used, but they are all similar give or take a few inches depending on the size of your baby's carseat. Just google "carseat tent tutorial". :)

There are two girls (about 6 and 4) so I made them Easter purses and flower headbands to match.

The first in a blue pinstripe:

I used these tutorials and modified them/combined them for a custom look:

toddler purse by Adventures in Crafting
gathered pocket tutorial from MADE

I can't find the tutorial for the flower headband - however what I did was cut out two circles of felt. Cut out lots of small circles (don't have to be perfect). One at a time, fold them in half and stitch one small stitch to hold them in place onto one of the felt circles starting on the outside. Add one at a time and alternate which ones lay on top of the others. Then I added a button in the middle. Place your headband between the two felt circles and hot glue the two circles together. Hopefully that quick explanation makes sense.

Here is the second purse:

For her little boy, I made a car cozy, tutorial from Homemade by Jill.

The cars fit in the numbered pockets. I didn't have any duckcloth, so I used a car print flannel instead. I thought it was a perfect fit.

Fold in half:

Fold over in thirds:

Velcro the belt onto the front and you're little boy's hands will be busy waiting at the doctor's office, during church, or in the car!


  1. The infant carseat blanket is a really cool idea! I'm sure your cousin will love it! And it was very thoughtful of you to make the purses/flowers and car tote. I had my eye on making the car tote as well- someday ;). Everything turned out great!

  2. Love, love, love them all! Well done. I need to sew Sophie some of those darling little baldy at 14 months still is refered to as a boy even if she has a pink dress on!!

  3. I love all the things you've been making! Those flowers are super cute. I might have to make you show me how to make em when I come to town.