I made my first car seat canopy when I was pregnant with Brynlee and it truly was a life saver for us. Since then, I’ve made dozens to give to others as presents. It seems that my go to baby shower present is a car seat canopy with matching minky blanket and burp cloths. I suppose I feel that when you travel with baby, you should travel in style! And I always have so much fun picking out the color and pattern combinations. The car seat canopy that I’m making in this tutorial is plain on the edges, but sometimes I like to add ric rac trim or ruffles. Or I’ve sewn the top piece out of a few different fabrics for added detail. Once you get the general dimensions down, the possibilities are endless.
For this canopy you will need 1 1/4 yards each of your main and coordinatingn fabrics and velco.
From your main and coordinating fabric cut one 36″x42″ rectangle for the body of the canopy and two 2 1/2″x8″ rectangles (4 in total) for the straps. To round the corners, I fold both fabrics in quarters, lay one on top of the other and use a salad plate as a guide. You can also leave them alone if you prefer square corners.
With right sides together, pin your two larger rectangles together.
Now it’s time to start sewing!
Using a 1/4″ seam allowance sew around the perimeter of your canopy making sure to leave a couple of inches opening to turn it right sides out.
It’s hard to see in the picture, but my opening is about 4″. Turn it right sides out, press and top stitch 1/8″ around the canopy, closing your gap.
Set the canopy aside and time to work on the straps.
Taking one strap piece from each fabric, lay them right sides together and sew, using an 1/4″ seam allowance, around the perimeter.
Make sure to leave a gap, about 2 inches, to turn them right sides out.
Clip the corners, turn them right sides out.
Top stitch 1/8″ around the perimeter of both straps.
Now, grab your velcro, you will need 2 pieces measuring 1 3/4″ long.
You are going to want to attach them on opposite sides at the top and bottom, like this:
So when you fold them over the velcro will match up.
Sew as close to the edge as possible, sew all 4 sides and and “X” in the middle.
When you are done, it should look like this.
With the coordinating fabric side up, using a disappearing ink pen, mark a 1.5″ square with and “X” through it in the middle on each of your straps.
Find the center of your canopy, should be 17.5″. Measure 17″ down and 6″ apart, line up your straps so the middle point of the “X” is even with your 17″ mark. Pin them in place.
Following your markings, stitch around your square and through your “X” to secure the straps to your canopy. Make sure your fabric is lying flat before you start stitching to prevent any gathers on the underside of your fabric.
And you’re done!
These really do make the perfect gift for baby, especially if you live in a sunny state like I do!
I really appreciated having one of these with Brynlee to protect her from the elements. Keeping the sun out of her face while we were in the car, protecting her against the wind or rain and also just providing a quieter, dark place for her to take a nap when we were out and about.
And when she was awake, I could just open it up and she could see everything.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and decide to make one next time you’re looking for a baby shower gift!