August 7, 2009

Booster Car Seat Cover- Tutorial

Ok, those of us that have bigger little kids know about these, and how incredibly ugly they are. One gets about three to five choices of what kind of fabric to choose: black, princess, Dora, cars, and maybe a boy cartoon figure. So, in other words, all really ugly/kiddy fabric.I decided that enough was enough, so here is a tutorial about how to turn it into one of these (yay!):

What you will need:
  • Car seat cushion
  • 3 strips of fabric about 19 inches by 5 inches
  • 1 1/4 yard of 1 inch FOE or 1 yard of extra wide double fold bias tape
  • thread, sewing machine, pins, scissors, etc.
I am using a Cosco brand car seat, so if you have a different one, this may go a little differently. Take the middle fabric and lay it right side up in the middle of the cushion, next lay one of the side pieces on top with the right side of the fabric facing down, pin in place. Following the seams already on your car seat, sew the 2 layers of fabric to the cushion. Leave about 1/2 to 1/4 of an inch unsewn at the bottom of the cushion, or the part that goes on the front of the car seat.

Next, open the fabric that you have just sewn onto the cushion so that the side piece you just attached is right side up. Baste this side piece to the edging of the cushion.Lay the remaining piece of fabric on the middle fabric and pin in place. Again, following the existing seam, sew the last side piece to the cushion. And, again, leaving between 1/2 and 1/4 of an inch unsewn at the bottom of the cushion, or the part that goes on the front of the car seat.

Again, open the fabric you have just sewn so that the side piece is right side up, and baste to the edging of the cushion.Sew the cover fabric to the cushion at the top end, or the end that goes at the back of the car seat, trim.
Fold the fabric under on the bottom, or the part of the cushion that goes on the front of the car seat. Do a blind stitch to secure this fabric, since this part will be visible. (I don't have a photo of this because I didn't realize it would be visible until I put it all back together... oops. So, you can see a blanket stitch on mine in the front of the cushion.)

Finally, sew the FOE or bias tape over the sides of the cushion, and TA DA!

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  1. What a difference! This is great and looks amazing. Your kids are lucky. :-)

  2. Hi! Popped over from Simply Designing Link Party...
    This is great! Ours are equally uninspiring.. I wouldn't have thought to sew it straight on to the original though. Great way to get the right shape and perfect padding.

  3. What a great tutorial!

    I'm hosting a blog party tomorrow and I'd love it if you linked up!

  4. Very clever! When I get to that point, I'm going to do this! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Love it. Especially that you use the current cushion and make it better. Great job.

  6. Genius! I love it, so much cuter!

  7. Booster seats really are ugly huh?!? Thanks for the great tutorial! I am almost to the booster seat stage with my daughter...this will be a great idea to make her's cute. And would also be a great idea to cover up one that has stains on it too!

    Thanks for linking up! I hope to see you next week!

    ~Ashley @


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