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:
- 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
- zipper foot (optional)
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.)
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.
Turn your fabric right side out. It should look like a bag with a ribbon loop on either side.
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.
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.
Sew around all 4 sides of your Velcro.
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.
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.
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.
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.