January 6, 2012

{Tutorial} Hooded Car Seat Blankies


I've been wanting a new way to keep my babies warm on outings.  Infant snow suits are a pain, and pricey when you have twins and need two of them.  Blankets get kicked off every 6.3 seconds.  This blanket solves all those problems and looks cute to boot!

To make your own hooded car seat blankie, you will need:
  • 1 meter of flannel for the front
  • another meter of flannel for the back
  • 1 meter of cotton batting
  • thread, scissors, etc.
This project took me a little more than one nap time, but I was making two of them.  If you only have one infant to bundle, I'm sure you can accomplish this while baby sleeps.

Step One: Place you two pieces of flannel with fronts facing together and fold it into quarters.



With a pen, draw on a shape that looks something like this:  


There is no real need for a pattern or measurements.  I didn't even use the exact same shape for each blankie I made.  Just free hand it.  Then cut it out, leaving your folds intact.


The idea is that after you unfold it you will have a shape that looks like this:


Lay your two layers of flannel (front sides still facing each other) out on a piece of batting and pin in place.


Cut around the blankie.  Now you will have two layers of flannel, front sides facing in, and a layer of batting on the bottom, all pinned together.


Sew around the outside with the batting on the bottom.


Leave one of the nubby corner thingies (This is a very technical tutorial, as you can see) open so that you can turn the blankie right side out.


Once you've turned the blankie right side out so that the batting is on the inside, you can turn the open corner into a simple hood.  Fold the corner in half with the fabric that you want to be on the underside of the blankie facing out, like shown below, and sew approximately where I've drawn a line.


Once sewn, you can cut just above your stitches and finish your edge with a tight zig-zag stitch.


You've now created a hood. 


Now you'll just want to sew all around the edges of the blankie to give it a nice finished edge.


To make the opening for the car seat straps, lay the blankie in the car seat the way you want it to sit.  Use a pencil to mark the tops and bottoms holes for the arm straps and each side of the slot for the bottom buckle thingy. (Again, very technical.)


Connect the dots, like so:


And sew around the lines.



Cut on the lines, being careful not to cut the stitches themselves.  Use a rotary cutter if you have one.


Ta-da!


To use your new car seat blankie, buckle the baby in snug.


And swaddle!


Oh, and do you want to know how I got two babies to be reasonably happy to be photographed at the same time?  Easy.  Maple syrup on their soothers!

Lets talk safety.  Some sources claim that blankets like this and many infant snow suits are not safe for use in car seats.  In my understanding, the concern is that any extra bulk prevents baby from being buckled snug enough to protect them in an collision.  I am not a safety expert and cannot vouch for the safety of this or any other baby item.  What I can say is that, as a mother in a cold Canadian climate, I consider the cold to be a significant danger as well, and it is MY OPINION that my babies are safely buckled with these blankets in these car seats. As with any handmade baby item, be cautious and use at your own risk.  

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118 comments:

  1. These look great Kelly! I want to make one now, but I don't have a baby to make one for. I'll have to find someone to gift it to. ;)

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    1. Hey Kelly if you are in Australia and want to make a pastel coloured one I'll buy it from you.
      Cheers Victoria

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    2. Haha Kim I was thinking the same thing!!! I want to make one soo bad but I don't have any kids yet!!! I NEED to remember to do this when I do though!!!

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  2. Wow this is brilliant! I live in Cornwall, England and this would be perfect for cold, miserable weather!
    I have tried a few handmade designs, but this is so much easier than the ones I came up with - going to start a new project tonight!!!

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  3. Just discovered your blog and I must say, you are so clever! I think I want to give this a shot.

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  4. Seems Safe to me. I'm with you about the Cold being a risk. Keep those Cuties WARM! And they are buckled in tighter than having them in a coat. I like the idea. I just might have to try this. Love your blog.

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  5. I would love to see a toddler-sized version. My son is almost 2 and we don't put him in the car seat with his coat on, for the safety reasons you mentioned. Putting the coat on him backwards is fine, for the 10 seconds he'll wear it like that. I really think he'd cover up better with a blanket like this that won't fall off like any other blanket. If you find a larger version, please publish! Thanks so much for the idea!

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  6. It doesn't look like it adds any more bulk than those head rest things that car seats come with since you're mostly adding padding over the top of the seat belts. I wouldn't be concerned at all about putting my baby in this. If, of course, I ever have a baby who manages to stay little enough to be in the car seat that long! ;) Those twins are adorable!

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  7. what adorable babies!! Now you are going to get LOTS of baby gawker attention when you are out and about!! I had 2 late-fall babies. I had one of those $15 carrier covers with the baby peep hole for the first kid and the second, my husband's co-workers got us one of those BundleMe covers. Both had their pros / cons. But I too, am from the school of thought that babies need to be buckled securely. it always makes me sad when I see a mom with her infant buckled in so loosely into a carseat. I didn't like the buntings for that reason. (the bulk causing baby not to be as secure) I had one incase I absolutely HAD to take my baby out in -40 F temps(I'm in MN), but mostly always had 4-5 blankets tucked on them and a hat after they were buckled and then one baby quilt over their head while I was carring them outside.

    ...I love your pattern, especially since it keeps the back warm - and my only concern (as any baby item- is that usually the storebought items are treated for flame retardancy. But that's a whole other safety issue there, as there has been claims that is bad for baby's breathing and general health as well. If you wanted that you could probably use specific store-bought fabric or blankets with that treatment. Obviously the risk of being jarred in some kind of accident is far greater than a fire. My babies were that age 7+ years ago when flame-retardant chemicals wern't such a concern. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. do you have an esty shop? oh man. i bet alot of moms would gladly purchase this from you!!! :) i wish it was cold in hawaii so i could have one for our little man.

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    1. I would! Please let us know if you do have an etsy shop or some way to purchase?

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  9. Kelly I really don't think the blanket you have made, especially the way you have buckled it into the seat, would create a significant air space between the baby and the seat. That is the safety concern with any 'after factory' accessory like this. Any extra fluff crushes easily in a collision and causes the baby to jar against the belts.

    With a coat or snowsuit, they have a layer behind them as well as a layer in front between them and the seat belt. With your blanket, there seems to be only a thin layer behind. Excellent idea! I love your blog, its such an inspiration.

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  10. I love this! I am so tired of fighting with my squirmy 6mo to get her into those snowsuits or buntings or heavy coats and then fighting with her again to get her buckled in with those bulky things in the way. Sometimes I like to take her out of her seat to go into places, so I would have to put a heavy coat on her after getting her out of her seat, but other than that, one of these would be so convenient! I wonder if a fleece version would work? Thank you for a great tutorial!

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  11. Wow! That is awesome and a fantastic tutorial! I bought a car seat/stroller blanket for our son and the thing just fell apart. Didn't stay in place and wasn't able to stand up to him (8mos old) even though it said it could be used up through 3yrs. Had to return it (thank you, Amazon). Been looking for something ever since and I'm thinking this just might be it. Thanks for sharing! Love your blog!

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  12. First, what beautiful babies!!!!

    Love the the blankets. I am hoping someday I will have grandchildren to make these for. Pinned the tute!!!!

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  13. You are amazing! Love the blankets, and your girls are sweet. And very wide awake...

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  14. So clever! And the babies are, of course, beautiful beyond belief.

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  15. What a great idea. Too bad my baby just turned one or I would have been making these. Thanks for sharing, and your girls are adorable!
    Christa
    www.controllingcraziness.blogspot.com

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  16. Thanks for sharing your pattern. I just made one for my granddaughter. The pattern was easy to follow and fast. Love it!

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  17. That is adorable! My friend is pregnant with twins and I bet she'd love some of these.

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  18. What a smart idea!! Too bad my "babies" are 4, 7 and 15----it would have solved so many blanket/snow suit issues!!!

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  19. Wow what a great idea! You should sell these on etsy :)

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  20. Don't you think you could make this without a back so that baby was properly buckled, but still swaddled?

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  21. this is perfect and the fact that is NOT technical actually makes this doable for me. i know how to work a sewing machine, and i have a decent eye for detail, but some of that sewing vocabulary just sends me running the other way!

    going to get fabric soon! =)

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  22. I would buy a few on ETSY! What a brilliant idea. :-)

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  23. i really like these, my goodness

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  24. In reviewing your design I fail to see any problem with it as re: the whole child not buckled in tight enough issue. The only layer that is applicable is the one between the baby and the car seat and its thin much more so than jackets, etc... I think it is a great product and I would have loved to have one last year for my daughter. You should seriously think about selling it if you want to.

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  25. You make me want twins sooooo stinking bad!! You are so talented. Now only if I could learn to sew...

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  26. Another concern there is for snow suits and blankets in car seats is smothering. This blanket looks pretty safe from that because the baby could kick out of it if she got too hot. For that reason, I will totally be making this version of the car seat swaddler! Recently a friend of mine lost her baby when a babysitter tried to swaddle him to get him to go to sleep. She then put him in his car seat and started up a little swing they had for car seats. He couldn't get out of the robe she swaddled him in and his temperature increased to 107! Thank you for this great idea.

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  27. Oh my goodness, I just pinned this and within an hour, 41 people have repinned it!! This is the most repined pin EVER! Well, on my pinterest boards. :) So cute!!! I can't wait to make this for my next baby someday.

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    1. Awesome Tiffany! Thanks for making me famous :)

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    2. I am more than happy to make you famous! :) Your blog is awesome! And I will hopefully be making this for baby #4!

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  28. I love this!!! Awesome idea!! It looks so super warm and cozy. Pinning it :) New follower here. Stop by and give us a visit sometime :)

    htto://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com

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  29. My favorite favorite line in this was the maple syrup on their soothers :) as a Vermonter my kids are being raised on maple. Great tutorial- for our 1st we were in TX and w the 2nd we bought a used J Cole fleece from a secondhand shop. Now with a 3rd on the way I'll try this.

    ramblingstump.blogspot.com

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  30. Completely Brilliant! Wish I could travel back in time and use these when my kids were babies!

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  31. Wonderful idea! I have twin babies as well and will love to make these and keep in the carseat instead of looking for their blankets over and over! Pinning!!!

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  32. I have many friends having winter babies and will be making a few blankets from your tutorial the next few weeks! I made one over the past week but forgot to take photos before delivering it to the Mom, she is due the 25th but we figure it won't be much longer :D So I wanted to get it to her so quickly I forgot to take photos!! I won't forget on my next one! Thank you so much for your blog (new follower) and this tutorial!!! I wish I were having another so I could be making a blanket for myself! lol

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  33. Abolsutely WONDERFUL idea!!!! I am always leary of "aftermarket" products for carseats but as previously stated by other reviewers, this ELIMINATES excessive bulk from coats and such allowing the baby to be secured better into the safety straps! NICE JOB! Which I had one for my daughter (as she was a winter baby). Will definately be making for the upcoming babies!

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  34. I just wanted to say that the car seat idea is fabulous....the maple syrup on the binky is a big NO NO. Maple Syrup, Honey, Corn Syrup are all not intended for babies under 1 year. The bacteria in them could be harmful.

    Not trying to be mean, I just don't want another mom not knowing that!

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    1. Don't worry Jenn, nobody thinks your being mean!

      I know honey is a no-no until a year, but I've never heard of that being the case for maple syrup. All of my kids have had maple syrup before their fist birthday. A quick web search of the topic turned up views on both sides of the issue. I found several sources that said the conditions for making maple syrup make the growth of botulism almost impossible.

      As with virtually every parenting decision, we all have to assess the risks and make our own best choice. Thanks Jenn for sharing this information with us :)

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  35. Thank you so much for this great sewing Idea. This was my first attempt at sewing and it was a success!!! My daughter is going to love this and you were right it could be done in one sleep time.
    Thanks again:)

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  36. As a new mom, RN and self-proclaimed Public service announcer, I actually think this is one of the safer car seat add ons. My biggest concern is that you are super careful when marking the holes for the seatbelt straps. There Re two issues with after market car seat products. Thickness of the padding is only one. Here your blanket is fine as the layers are no thicker than an average sweatshirt. But the second issue is to make sure that the straps are not pushed off to the side at all, especially the shoulder straps. And even if the holes seem to line up fine and have plenty of room with no tug on the straps, you have to make sure as you put the child in the seat that they stay lined up. So just be very careful that your holes are generous and well placed. Never loosen the seat belt to accommodate extra clothing or blanket layers and your seat should be checked by someone trained even if you think you know how to do it. My hubby is a paramedic and has seen personally kids thrown from cars whose parents thought they were secure. Not a pretty sight.

    As for maple syrup, I don't recommend it but she probably used pancake syrup which has less chance of contamination especially if it is kept in the fridge. As for the baby who another commenter said got to 107 from a blanket. No way! Even for a fever that is a very high temp and can't be caused by a blanket! Obviously someone missed an illness, there is one that can cause very high temperatures without an infection. Of some other cause. Even with several blankets, the baby shouldn't have reached such a high temp. Maybe there was a heating blanket involved. You have to be careful trusting second hand info especially with medical issues and the emotion involved with a dead baby.

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  37. But be sure the batting is cotton which is very thin. Even better, omit it in the area between all 5 strap attachment points. And remember. The seat straps will need to be adjusted at some point so be sure the holes are large enough for this or cut multiple holes. Some seats only adjust at the shoulders. Others adjust at the crotch too.

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  38. love it! thanks for the step-by-step!! My baby will thank you later :)

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  39. Thanks, Kelly!
    Last night I made a car seat blankie for my grandbaby. The shape is a little funny because my "freehand" is a little loopy, but the slits for the straps are brilliant! I used two layers of light-weight fleece which was a little slippery to work with, so the next blankie will be flannel. :)

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  40. Oh my goodness those little kiddos are so cute...and they look warm AND safe :)

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  41. I just made this hoodie blanket for my best friends baby. I did it in a little over an hour. ( I'm new at sewing) and I would like to say....Super Cute idea. And it makes the best handmade present EVER! Genius! Thanks for sharing!!

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  42. I just finished this project up for a friend who just had her baby two weeks ago. First, I made it with fleece instead of flannel, which I would NOT recommend. The fleece was stretchy and really hard to work with, especially cutting through EIGHT LAYERS to get the shape needed. All in all, it turned out really great. I bought the fabric Saturday night and finished last night with the majority of the work taking place last night in about 1.5 hours. It was super easy (especially because I have sewed in 3 years!), and my friend loved it! Thanks for such a great idea!!

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  43. Just made this for my 4 month old because I was so sick up picking up blankets she kept kicking off. Thank you so much for the idea

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  44. If it is not approved by the car seat maker - it should not be in the seat :/ My child's safety is not worth it. This would put the car seat at risk for not working properly. The idea is great, maybe you could recreate the cozy cover that goes on top of the car seat, with an opening for the babies head. It slips on and off like a shower curtain.

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  45. I agree with the above poster. It also cancels insurance if you ever need to replace the seat from a accident. Why wouldn't you make something like this which doesn't effect the straps?

    http://www.babyhaven.com/Kiddopotamus-CozyUp-Carrier-Cover.html?utm_source=pricegrabber&utm_medium=Comparison&utm_term=Kiddopotamus+CozyUp+Carrier+Cover+-+Green+/+Ivory&utm_campaign=SI-77420-KD

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  46. I think this is a wonderful idea and the babies are beautiful.

    My one thought is, when you wash it, will the cotton batting bunch up? I made a quilt that was pretty basic and tied in a few places for my grandma. Being new to sewing, I grabbed whatever batting I found. When I washed the quilt to remove strings, the batting was in huge clumps inside. My mom, who has been sewing most of her life, said it was because I used cotton batting instead of polyester (someone can correct me if this is wrong information).

    Being a mother of a three year old, I know the importance of "washability" so I just wanted to put this out there so no one's project is ruined with the first wash. Has anyone had any problems washing their car seat swaddling blanket?

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  47. My twins are 6 weeks old but were born 5 weeks early so they are too tiny even for newborn "snow" suits. I cannot wait to make these for them. We've had a pretty mild winter and since we are approaching spring, I think I will make it without the batting for a thinner blanket. Thanks for sharing! Your twins are adorable by the way :)

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  48. We have some cute ones ready made come over and check out our facebook page.www.facebook.com/peekaboocovers

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  49. Love it, just made it. Turned out great. Thanks for the wonderful idea.

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  50. WOW, I'm sold. Great job :) Love those little babies, they are too cute. Can't wait to make these for friends :)

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  51. Sew cute! I couldn't get anything done when my twins were this size, but I would have loved these! My twins just turned 2 and I'm just starting to sew again. Now I can make these for friends. Thanks!

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  52. I am NOT a seamstress, but just tried out this pattern and it was super easy! Is mine remotely close to perfect? NO! But it will definately work. I only own a sewing machine to patch holes in my husband's jeans (and I mean cut a scrap and sew like crazy with the hopes of underclothes not showing...) I did it in about an hour and half, and that includes dragging out the sewing machine from never never land and setting up. Can't wait to try more and try to improve this. (note: do not use nubbie that was left open for the hood, doesn't look to pretty)

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  53. ANYTHING you add to your car seat that did not come on the box with the seat VOIDS YOUR WARRANTY. Strap covers, this planket, JJCole thing. Those things have not been crash tested with the seat and your car seat COULD FAIL in the event of an accident.
    This is a no brainer people. The cargo is not worth it.
    Read your car seat instruction book COVER TO COVER.
    Safety is not a parenting choice. You're either doing it right, or wrong. No grey area here folks.

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    1. I'm sorry but I have to comment. So when you take your 4 lb preemies home from the hospital and the neonatologists give you car seat inserts to keep your babies positioned correctly to maintain their airways, you are jeopardizing their safety? Last I checked, breathing was pretty essential. And for older babies, this thin material seems more safe than a bulky coat, which my car seat manual said is a no-no. So with my preemies that can't regulate their temps well, I'm opting for the blanket over nothing!

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    2. Actually Mamacrabb those car seat inserts are not recommended by the car seat company unless it is made for your specific seat. There are much safer options such as car beds. If you are using something the hospital gave you that is not made by the graco or chicco or whoever made your seat you are voiding your warranty.

      As a carseat tech items like this blanket should not be used. The fabric could get caught in the straps, even 1/4inch of fabric can cause compression problems. I think this is one of those things (well atleast I hope) most people would rather use a plain blanket on top of the harnessed baby. risk vs. reward?

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    3. These are adorable. But to me safe is more important than cute. This is why seats come with the instruction manual. Completely surprised at how many people dont read them. One of the most un-safe things we do with our kids is put them in a vehicle. Why would we want to make them even more un-safe for something that is cute? Just put a blanket on them. Easy-peasy :)

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    4. My auto insurance replaced my carseat no matter what happened each fender-bender accident we've been in, NO questions asked or warranty issues. The only time this issue would be a problem is IF your baby was hurt or killed during an accident and you or your auto insurance wanted to sue the carseat manufacturer for their fault in harming the child. Very, very, very unlikely situation.

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    5. I'm all about safety with my daughter. And you can bet your butt that she is secured in her seat and her seat is secured in my car. I adjusted and re-adjusted that seat for 2 hours before I'd even put her in there. I can say with confidence that this blanket would NOT come in the way of my daughters safety and if I thought for a second that it did I wouldn't use it. The safety issue is when you put bulky clothing or wrap your baby in a blanket before you buckle them in. And IF i'm ever in an accident I doubt the warranty on the car seat would be at the top of my list of concerns. This is a wonderful blankie and I have made a couple for friends already. Thanks so much for the time you took to make the tutorial!!

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    6. Deebie car accidents are the number one killer of kids under the age of 14. I guess this causing insurance issues isn't as unlikely as you think.

      I'm in Michigan and my kids don't wear coats in their seats and have never had aftermarket products added. I do use a shower cap cover in the winter but that doesn't even touch baby let alone the harness.

      We were in an accident just before I had my daughter and guess what my son didn't even care. He was 21 months and rear facing. He will be rear facing for a long time.

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  54. These are awesome! I think I will make this as a gift!

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  55. seems it would be great for strollers as well.

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  56. Hi, thanks for the tutorial, wondering what the dimensions are for the fabric, 1 meter is roughly 40 inches, is it 40x45 inches? (what is the width of the fabric off the bolt)

    Thank you

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  57. Great idea and such a clear tutorial! Thank You! I also believe that baby would be safe in this. No different than a heavy sweater would be and Since the safety straps are positioned correctly your little one(s) will be quite safe!!
    PS They are adorable. I will definitely be making a couple of these this summer since MY twins are both having babies this summer!!

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  58. All talk about safety aside, another nice add-on to this would be to add velcro to the bottom "flap" and to one of the "arms" so that baby can't kick legs free by kicking "out" the bottom flap. PS about the safety part - just cut out an entire rectangle instead of just the carseat strap slits. That way no extra fabric is behind baby's back.

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  59. Now I know what to do with the baby flannel from the rag quilt that I never made. I wish I'd seen this sooner- we jammed one of my chubbier daycare babies into that wooly JJCole monster all winter and he hated it! I'll be passing this on. Great project! {and adorable twins!!}
    Brigitte @myblissdesign.blogspot.com

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  60. Fab idea beautiful babies thank you x

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  61. Wow just found your blog page, your very well organized. You have a lot of great ideas. I am going to try and make two of these, I have 2 grand-babies coming soon.

    Thanks

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  62. Nothing voids your warranty unless your manual says it does. And the warranty only covers seat replacement at best anyway so the issue about voided warranties is silly.

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  63. And call your insurance company before believing you will run into issues there. Mine said it wasn't a problem. I have Allstate.

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  64. Who cares about warranties and insurance. It is a safety issue.

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  65. This is genius! I'll be making some for baby shower gifts for sure!!!

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  66. I just finished this for my baby due any day now. I love it! I am very new to sewing - this is my second project on a machine ever- and it was so easy. My blanket is far from perfect but it fits in the seat well and I think it will be perfect! Thank you!! Also, never heard of Maple Syrup on the pacifier, but as a native New Yorker I love the idea!

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  67. From looking at the pics, it looks to me like the batting is so thin that even a light baby's weight would flatten it once strapped in tightly, unlike if it were a snowsuit or bulky coat?

    I think it's a great idea :)

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  68. Holy crud those are cute! You know its amazing that we all managed to make it out of the 60's and 70's back when we had plastic bucket car seat and Mom's arm slung across us to keep us safe.

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  69. Just discovered your blog and I must say, you are so clever! I think I want to give this a shot.

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  70. This is soo cute! I wish I would have found it for my first child because we bought a lot of gender neutral stuff so it would be usable for future siblings. With my second now on the way I would really like to give this a try! Thanks!

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  71. Thank you for your blog. It is very inspirational.

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  72. Wow, this is an excellent tutorial, I will have to make one for the next baby for sure!! :) As far as safety goes, I personally believe this to be far safer than the bulky body snow suits. The baby is physically strapped in, rather than having bulky padding between baby and straps. Last winter my 2 month old baby was continually slipping her arm out of the body suit. I had to make the straps almost unbearably snug for her not to and even then I feared she'd be in danger. Thank you so much for your blog! From another mommy, thank you for your wisdom!!

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  73. Your tutorial was so wonderfully easy to follow! Thank you so much for writing it. I put a picture up of mine on my blog, www.domesticacademic.com

    Here's the link, if you'd like to check it out!
    http://www.domesticacademic.com/2012/06/car-seat-swaddle.html#

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  74. I was DONE DONE DONE having kids but just found out baby #6 is on the way and will be my first "dead of winter" baby. I definitely will need to learn to sew and make one of these!

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  75. I made an awesome baby care package for a good friend who just had a little baby girl. I included an item from your tutorial. If you want to check it out, it's on my blog post: http://www.domesticacademic.com/2012/06/baby-care-package-pinterest-cornucopia.html

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  76. I love this idea!! I have boy/girl twins that don't sleep well unless swaddled!! Perfect and adorable solution!

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  77. I understand the point of the blanket, and it is a great idea. I live in Minnesota and so I understand the importance of keeping those babies warm in the car! What an easy tutorial, and I absolutely LOVE the hood too! I also understand that carseat safety nuts say no to these (and other Bundle-Me type products) because of added bulk behind baby. However, the real issue I'm seeing here is not the extra bulk behind the child, it is putting something behind the child that could possibly reroute the harness straps. For example, in a rear-facing carseat, the harness straps must come from at or below the child's shoulders. The issue that is concerning is that the straps may be rerouted (even slightly!) and come from the wrong place. As small of an issue as this seems to be, in a crash, it is a BIG issue as to how far the baby "rides up" into the shell of the seat.

    I believe that all carseat manufacturers state in the manual that the use of any aftermarket products (meaning these cute little blankets, and head support or strap covers that were not in the original box with the seat) will completely void the seat's warranty. Therefore, manufacturers will not be held responsible for a seat failing in a crash if any aftermarket products are used! That's scary enough for me to avoid them!

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  78. You guys are so frustrating and obviously know nothing. The issue with snow suits, etc, in a car seat is that they go between the baby and the straps - if you DIDNT notice, the baby gets strapped in and then wrapped around. Unless you plan on giving ideas to make this safer, dont be rude.

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  79. Renee-I'm sorry. I don't mean to be rude. I know many people understand the problem of going between the baby and the straps. The problem is not that this time. The problem is putting the straps THROUGH another piece of fabric, thin as it is, giving the other fabric a possible chance of being adjusted and putting babies in danger.

    A safer idea? Just use a blanket over top of the baby. Use a carseat poncho. Use one of the "shower cap" type covers that go over the seat and don't interfere with any straps. You can even put a coat on backwards after buckling the straps! I don't want to argue with anyone, I'm just saying that there are so many safe alternatives, why put baby in jeopardy, even if it seems like a small issue?

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    1. I have a car seat poncho for my daughter and will be getting another this year for her. Anyone who has never heard on one needs to Google it right now! It keeps her warm and is 100% safe no questions or maybes !!!

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  80. I made this today and it came out adorable! I wish I'd had this pattern for my little one when he was born. I made this for a good friend's baby shower. The only thing I changed was doing a zig zag stitch around the buckle openings because I didn't want the flannel to fray. Also, I think I folded it wrong because I ended up with two pieces of fabric for each piece of flannel.. I'll have to remember to check that next time.. I just stitched them together quickly with a double stitch and you'd never know! Thank you for this.. it was genius!

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  81. Oh and may I add to 'anonymous's' statement above.. the straps aren't going through anything. The way the slits are cut, there's nothing in the way of the straps. There's a 3 inch wide piece of blanket that lies down the center of the babies back, but otherwise the slits are totally open and not interfering with the straps. It's perfectly save for baby to be in. (said by someone who just made and tested it out. ;) )

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  82. Made it. Love it. Dont have a kid. But best friend is 8 months preggers!!!!

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  83. GENIUS! thanks for sharing... I love the "technical" part .. i do a lot of "eyeballing" and "guess-ta-mating" for cooking and so many other things that when i DO follow recipes or directions i get overwhelmed and totally botch it! THANKS SO MUCH!

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  84. This is exactly how i sew! and it turned out amazingly well. as for the person who was wanting one for their toddler, try using fleece---it comes in a bigger width and you really don't even have to sew it, also, I was thinking for those kids that like to kick and such, you could add a button or a tie so it doesn't come undone. (I haven't tried it, just a thought.) but I love this 'technical' pattern!!

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  85. I fell in love with your post...made one...it turned out so stinkin' cute. I used cotton for one side and fleece on the other with cotton batting in the middle. Baby is due in October, so we will use this a lot this winter. Thanks so much for the post!!

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  86. I love this idea and just went out to get the fabric... Super adorable and seemingly safe!

    For those who are concerned about safety, what you point out might be true, that ANY after market product added to the car seat voids the warranty, however this would also include ANY blanket you put over a baby (whether or not it is tailored to the car seat), because after all the blanket did not come with the box. Additionally, the blanket that you've advocated for in you comments could also be unsafe, unknowingly to you altering the car seat or straps, since as one poster commented the car seat safety testing are not done with ponchos, swaddles, or even simple blankets laid over a buckled in child. So for those who say "Why jeopardize safety..." and "just throw a blanket over the baby.." Just that simple blanket voids the warranty... so for you true safety folks your only other option is for your child to freeze? That hardly seems safe either...

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    1. Putting a blanket over your child does not void the warranty for the simple fact that it is not attached to the carseat. The issue with this blanket (and it is super cute!) is that it could impact the effectiveness of the straps to move or not move as they are intended to do during an accident. When you attach aftermarket things to the seat, like shoulder pads, the seat may or may not function properly. These items may not be unsafe, but they have not been crash tested, so you cannot say they are safe.

      If you are going to use items like this, make sure they pass this test. I copied this from a car seat group.

      "A good test for these types of things is to put your child in the seat without them, adjust the straps to the correct position and tightness, the remove the child, put them back in with the blanket, if the product requires any adjustment to the harness, causes the harness to bunch or not fit properly, it is not safe to use."

      Passing this test does not guarantee that the product is safe to use, but it makes it will weed out some of the absolutely unsafe products. You would not, for example, be able to pass this test with a coat.

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  87. These blankies are such a great idea I think I'll try it great thinking !!! Btw adorable baby's too :D have a great day

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  88. If people are worried about safety, they can just make a huge hole in it so there isn't anything between the baby and the back of the seat. Instead of making slits for the harness. So basically just cut out the back.

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  89. I just seen this and absolutely love it! I'm going to make a few for my new grandson and a friends grandchild. Since I'm a "lazy" sewer, I'm going to modify your idea a bit (hope you don't mind). My thought is to use a pack of three receiving blankets (one acting as the batting) and making horizontal "button holes" for the straps/buckle (at each strap/buckle position), so as to not impede the movement of the straps and the bottom buckle. I'll let you know how it works:)

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  90. I'm going to make one of these for my stroller!!

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  91. As a neonatal nurse......NO NO NO NO TO MAPLE SYRUP! Even a little bit can cause a spike in the infant's glucose levels which can be dangerous in an infant. It also sits on an infant's gums which in turn causes bacteria to build up and that can be dangerous as well.
    As for the blanket, there are safety issues to be considered as well. I think as long as it's not super thick and your infant can sit unassisted and hold the head up, it doesn't pose as big of a risk. No car seat should be altered in any way -- ie by placing items that did not come with it in it. The car seat is set using factory standards for their car seat as to where belts fall and fit a baby and if anything alters this and your baby should get hurt, they don't have to honor the "warrenty". Just be careful when you make these and use the least thickest fabric you can.

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  92. I've made one of these before, but the addition of the hood is new to me. And I love it! It makes so much sense! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  93. Thank you for this tutorial! I will be making one for my December baby on the way! I've already learned that there will be naysayers and mommy cops with something to say no matter what you do - You know your babies and whats best for them! keep it up momma :)

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  94. Using after market product inside your seat is not recommended by the manufacturer. The car seats are not safety tested with additional items in them so you are using them at you own risk and the risk of your babies safety. Look on the American academy of pediatrics or dept of transportation website for more information. I know it seems silly that a few pieces a fabric can be a safety factor but the force of acceleration during an accident is quite alarming. Why risk it. All you have to do is put your babies coat on backwards while your carrying them to your car. Once in your car they should be comfortable with a small blanket over them. All cars should have heat. Blankets on top of the babies are not the same as being underneath them.

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  95. I love the idea. But I like others am a nurse. In our nursery, we teach that anything that doesn't come with the car seat voids the safety rating on it. This is to protect the company. If something were to happen, and the car seat fails - if the company can prove that something else was used with the car seat - it can claim that the this wasn't part of the safety testing and the seat is still safe the addition was the issue.

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  96. I think its a cute idea but with the safety issues wondering if you cut a large square in the back to just go around baby instead just the slits for the seatbelts, if that would help the safety issue, that way baby's back is against the seat & not a blanket. Just a thought. I made a snuggie for my 2-yr old & trying to figure out what to do with our on-the-way baby.

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  97. Very cool idea! What province are you in? I'm in Ontario. Really neat to see a Canadian blogger :)

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