Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Waterproof Carseat Stroller Blanket

One of the greatest things I bought for Gracie is a waterproof car seat & stroller blanket. One side is nylon, one side is fleece.
The fleece side keeps Gracie warm and cozy. (My little monkey was taking a nap, so sock monkey volunteered to model.)
The nylon side can be flipped up as a temporary rain guard from rain or snow...
There are also ties on each side, so that you can tie it onto the car seat or the stroller so those wiggly little feet don't kick it off.
(Come on, I can't be the only one that has had a blanket go sailing down the side walk because my future soccer player decided she was done with it!)

Although I bought my blanket, I couldn't help but think how easy (and cheaper!) it would be to make your own. So I made one for my dear friend Amanda who is having a new baby boy very soon.
And now I'm going to show you how to make your own!

You will need one piece of nylon, one piece of fleece. I also used a piece of white flannel, since my nylon was kind of see-through and you could see the polka dots through it. For some reason this bugged me, so I used the white flannel to make the nylon not so see through. It made for a thicker blanket, so you can definitely leave this piece out if you want and just use the nylon and the fleece.
 Cut each piece to size of 24" x 36". Lay them on top of each other. You want the nylon and fleece facing each other. (Again, if you want to skip the flannel you definitely can...in which case you'll only have the two bottom layers in this photo.)
 Pin them together all around the edge. Make sure to trim any excess so your fabrics line up exactly.
Next we need to add in the ties. Cut four pieces of ribbon, all equal lengths. I cut mine 14".
Measure down one of the long sides about 1/3 of the way down. It doesn't have to be exact. Take two pieces of ribbon and pin them in between the fleece and nylon layers. You want the ribbon to be inside the blanket at this point. Repeat on the other side. Make sure you put the ribbon on each side the same distance from the top on each side..
 Finish pinning your blanket together so that you have pinned all four sides. Sew around the edge, leaving a few inch opening at the bottom. Make sure your ribbons you pinned are tucked inside and you don't sew them back into the blanket. (You of course sew through the edge of the ribbon that you pinned...just not the loose edge that is dangling inside the blanket.)
 Clip the corners. Turn right side out, using a pin or your seam ripper to pick out the corners so they are as pointy sharp as you can get them.
 You'll see how your ribbons are now coming out the side of the blanket.
Press the edges so they are nice and flat. Fold under your opening a bit and press.
Top stitch all the way around the edge of the blanket, making sure you catch both pieces of the fabric when sewing your opening closing. I stitched 1/4inch from the edge, but you can really do whatever looks best to you.
 Again, be sure to move the ribbons out of the way when you stitch by them...you don't want to stitch them back to the blanket!
 And you're done! Tie that blanket onto your car seat or stroller and your little monkey will stay warm & dry.
 And even the slickest of Houdini's wont kick this blanket off! 

This item is probably on my top 5 favorite baby items list. Yes, I think it's that great! I have used it every single day, rain or shine, since it arrived in the mail months ago. I have also used it as a nursing cover by tying the sides together and just throwing it around my neck. I have thrown it on the ground when we were playing outside, since the nylon keeps the fleece dry from wet grass. I have thought about making a lighter weight one for summer with nylon and interlock too. So really, make one! For yourself, or the new mom on the block. She will thank you!! And you can thank me later. ;) Enjoy!


Amanda said...

I had never seen these but Im so glad you did! :) I LOVE IT and cant wait to use it. What a great idea!

Mom said...

Great idea crafty lady! I would like to know the final cost of the do it yourself version and the cost of buying one??

D and G Stories said...

Good question about the cost! :)

The fleece & flannel were on sale, and I used a coupon for the nylon. I ended up paying:

1 yard flannel: $2.50
1 yard fleece: $4.00
1 yard nylon: $3.00
1 spool of ribbon: $1.50
Total: $11.00

With one yard of fleece you will have enough for two blankets (or one blanket and another project) and 1 spool of ribbon is of course way more than you'd need. So the REAL cost of the blanket is less than $11. :)

The ROSK blanket that I modeled this one after retails for $36.

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