infant carseat handle cover pinterest

Confession – when my girls were babies I was strictly in survival mode. No crafty/creative thoughts crossed my mind, only thoughts of how to get more sleep and how to strategically plan a shower once a day. Oh, how I wish this idea would have entered my brain in those break your back, think your arm is going to fall off, infant carrier days. My life might have been a little easier. Sigh.

My crafty neighbor friend, Karen, lucked up with a happy-go-lucky baby boy so her brain is still free flowing with ideas even though he’s only a couple months old. Lucky for me, she shared her crafty idea and I turned it into this tutorial.  And if you didn’t win the happy baby lottery, you might need an easy step-by-step guide to give your brain a rest to think about more important things . . . like showering.

You’re only one short nap time away from making your own infant carrier handle cover. This is so seriously easy, that’s all the time it will take. You might even have time for a shower before the baby wakes up!

Here’s all the supplies you will need:

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- 2 coordinating fabrics both sized at 8.5″X14″

- 2 inch foam (I bought a 15″X17″ piece but really all you will need is a 7″X11″ piece)

- 6″ coordinating ribbon

- about 14″ of  Velcro (the sew on kind)

- serrated bread knife

- pen

- zipper foot (optional)

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Ok, let’s start!

If you have a larger piece of foam that needs to be cut down, get  your pen and mark a 7″x11″ rectangle. Grab your serrated bread knife and start cutting. (P.S. this can be done with scissors but I found it was a lot harder to cut and I ended up with a blister. Not cool.)

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Sit the foam aside and grab your 2 coordinating fabrics (these should be sized at 8.5″X14″) and grab your ribbon. Cut two 3″ long pieces of ribbon. Loop your ribbon where the short ends are touching and pin it onto the fabric halfway down the long side. Repeat for the other long side. Make sure that your ribbon is pinned where the loop is on the inside of the fabric.

Now, place the fabric right sides together with the ribbon sandwiched in and sew around 3 sides, leaving one of the short sides open. Make sure to back stitch a couple times when you get to your ribbon, since the ribbon will be used for attaching baby’s toys, a little extra reinforcement is needed.

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Turn your fabric right side out. It should look like a bag with a ribbon loop on either side.

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Get your iron out and press your fabric. Fold in about 1/2″ of the open end of your bag and iron it down. You will be happy you did that later.

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Now you’re ready to sew in your Velcro. I changed my sewing machine’s foot to a zipper foot. I thought it made it easier to sew the Velcro, especially on the rough piece of Velcro. You can also just use your standard sewing foot too, so no worries if you don’t have a zipper foot.

Cut Velcro so that it’s long enough to go the distance of the short end of your bag. Pin it down to the sewed end. It doesn’t matter which fabric side you choose.

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Sew around all 4 sides of your Velcro.

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I found that a straight stitch below the Velcro helps to reinforce it, especially because the foam will be so tightly stuffed into your bag, you don’t want it putting pressure on your Velcro stitches.

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Now, you’re ready to stuff your foam into the bag. It’s going to be a tight fit and that’s what you want!

After you get the foam stuffed into the bag, stuff the foam that’s closest to the opening of your bag, back into the bag. Basically, you are folding the foam in half inside the bag. This will make it easier to sew on your other piece of Velcro on.

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Pin your other piece of Velcro on the opposite fabric you used earlier. As you pin,  you should also be pinning both fabrics together to close up the bag completely.

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Sew all four sides of the Velcro. And also remember to sew your straight stitch below your Velcro for reinforcement. This will also close all sides up. Then you will need to get the foam to unfold itself inside the bag. It takes a little muscles but it will eventually unfold itself to make the perfect infant carrier handle cover.

And now it’s ready to be attached to the carrier and enjoyed by both you and your baby! Now, go take a shower. You deserve it and you have enough time before baby wakes up from their nap. ;)

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17 Comments
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  1. August 20th, 2013 at 8:17 pm
    Debbie W. says:
    This is a great gift idea! To make it easier to get the foam into the cloth bag slide the foam inside a plastic bag then into the fabric. pull the bag out, easy peasy.
  2. August 20th, 2013 at 8:34 pm
    Nicole says:
    This is genius! Seriously, I wish I had one of these. I have been lugging around my 8 month old baby girl, hurting my arm all the time! She's about to outgrow her seat as she's so long, so it's too late for me, but I definitely want to make one of these for other new moms! Brilliant!
  3. October 16th, 2013 at 6:04 pm
    Joan says:
    This was so easy to make. The instructions are really clear and it was fun to make.
    I gave it to my daughter for her daughter that will be born soon. She loved it.
    Thanks for posting it! Joan
  4. October 27th, 2013 at 1:15 pm
    Sharon Davis says:
    I am making this for my new grandson and before I finish I wanted to make sure I am doing it right. I am confused why you said to get 14inches of Velcro when if I understand it correctly you are only using about 7 inches. (Sewing one strip of velcro on one end and the closing strip at other end) Please email as soon as you can to clear up my confusion. Thank you so much for your support and your cute and useful pattern.
    Sharon
    • October 27th, 2013 at 9:06 pm
      Kerri King says:
      Hi! Great question! You are right - you only use 7". I put 14" because I was adding together the 7" of the hook side and 7" of the loop side of Velcro. Hope that clears up the confusion. :) Glad you are using the pattern. Let me know if you have any other questions!
  5. October 29th, 2013 at 5:58 pm
    Lovey D says:
    Thank you for the tutorial! I found this via pinterest, and just made one tonight for a friend. Your tutorial is very clear and easy to follow, and this is a super idea!!!! I'm really pleased at how mine turned out. Thanks so much!

    LL~
  6. November 19th, 2013 at 6:14 am
    Lily Winnail says:
    Seven years ago when I invented the arm handle cushion, I knew I had come up with an idea that would save not only my arm but other moms too. I worked really hard, sewed over 300 myself before finding a factory, and made sure to get it patented. Our US Patent was granted and I was ecstatic - all those years of hard work paid off. It's amazing when one small idea can change the marketplace and make moms' lives easier. Since it is patent protected, we encourage all posts like this to visit our website and if you need a copy of the patent, we can email it to you. Thanks!
    • January 29th, 2014 at 11:14 am
      Jenn says:
      Instructions for a DIY version do not violate a patent. Read the laws.
  7. January 2nd, 2014 at 9:31 am
    Sara says:
    I made one just a second ago and it is already making me smile:) Now to attach it to my little girl's car seat. I am due in Feb!! Thanks for the clear and accurate tutorial!
    • January 26th, 2014 at 5:43 am
      Jennifer says:
      Where did you get the foam?
      • January 31st, 2014 at 10:38 pm
        Amanda says:
        Joann's has foam and some craft stores. I have a kroger store by me that had the foam in the camping department for only 2.99 so I got it there. Much cheaper!
  8. March 3rd, 2014 at 6:08 pm
    Joyce Atkins says:
    I was wondering how you got the toys on the ribbon if it is sewn into the material,
  9. March 25th, 2014 at 11:08 pm
    Nat says:
    I just finished doing this and it looks awesome, my sewing kinda sucks so it looks a little off, but it does the job :-).. I am new to sewing and I haven't gotten the hang of it :-/ thanks for the post! A pattern would be most helpful though :-) thanks again!
  10. May 25th, 2014 at 5:42 pm
    Sewing Sally says:
    A friend of mine pinned this on Pinterest. Well, I know that she can't sew, so it gave me the idea to make it for her. It took less than 30 minutes and just some scraps I had laying around! I figured that the fit would be super tight, so I shortened my stitch length and sewed an extra straight stitch in the seam allowance. I was skeptical that the Velcro would hold this closed, but so far it is standing strong! Thanks for sharing your DIY!

    P.S. Anyone else reading this tutorial, the seam allowance is 1/4 inch.
  11. May 29th, 2014 at 1:25 pm
    Kelsey says:
    Love this! So easy to follow. Saved me 25$ from having to buy one! Thank you for sharing!
  12. June 5th, 2014 at 3:41 pm
    Emily says:
    I have some leftover flannel and also some fleece. Would these fabrics work?
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