One of my lunch friends from work announced she was going to have a baby. Of course this time I knew I needed to do something different than what I had done in the past. So I thought long and hard what I wanted to do. I knew I was going to make a blanket/quilt of some kind, but I was torn on the other thing. It was going to be a car seat cover, or a car seat cooler.
The car seat cover I had seen online through other people’s blogs. It’s basically a blanket with velcro straps that attach to the handle of the car seat so it doesn’t fall off. I would’ve made something like that for my daughter back then if I had known about it, but instead I just used blankets, but they tended to fall off.
The other thing was a car seat cooler. When I had my daughter years ago (before I really got into sewing), I had managed to make what I called a car seat cooler. Living in Arizona with the desert heat can be brutal during the summer (much like today actually), and I knew I didn’t want her delicate legs to get burned. The cooler is a square of fabric with handles and pockets on it. Inside the pockets you put freezer packs, just like the ones you put in a lunch box. Pretty basic, but you would be surprised at how much they help.
In the end, I decided that I was going to make the car seat cooler. You just can’t find them out there that easily so it just made sense. The cooler turned out really well. Actually, I think I impressed myself a bit on this one. I made it completely from scratch.
The quilt I decided to make didn’t match the cooler at all! In fact, it had unicorns, fairies, castles and rainbows. I made it from a panel and added some borders to make it a larger quilt. I think it’s pretty awesome.
|Closeup of the quilt|