Sophie Car Seat Quilt



Hello!  I'm Jennie and I blog {along with my mom} over at Clover and Violet.  I have two little kids, both born in the winter.  With my little boy I quickly discovered how easily blankets are kicked off, so I designed a little quilt that tied to the infant car seat handle.  When I found out my second was a girl, I knew she needed a girly version for the car seat too!  This little quilt also works great for a stroller and can be a little play mat in a pinch too!

If you're interested in making one of these too, my friends at Sew Lux Fabric and Gifts have put together a a few special kits at a special price just for this quilt {the kits feature a few different fabrics as they're already sold out of Sophie charm squares...I think I might need to make another one!}.  Click here for details.




1 Charm Pack
1 yard large print for backing and binding
1/4 yard small print for borders
1/2 yard Bella Solids Snow for sashing
1 yard cotton flannel or batting



First, select 18 charm squares and pair them up {for 9 pairs}.  Then, chose 7 more charms for the setting triangles, cut them in half diagonally {from point to point}, set aside.


Place the pairs right sides together, then draw a line a line on the wrong side of one of the charms from point to point.  Stitch through both charms 1/4 inch from the centerline on both sides of the line.


Cut the pair of charms in half along the drawn line.  Press the halves open to make two half-square-triangle pairs.  Trim each new square to 4 1/2".

Once you have sewn all 18 pairs and have 18 new squares, arrange the squares and setting triangles into rows, as shown:


From the Bella Snow, cut ten {10} 1 1/2" strips.  Leave behind the very last triangle of each row and sew the remaining pieces onto about four {4} of the sashing strips.  Cut the blocks from the strips and begin forming quilt rows as shown:


I like to leave a little bit of the sashing hanging past the blocks so that I can trim it after I've sewn the rows, this gives a nice straight finish.  Then sew the remaining triangle onto the end of the row.


After completing the rows, begin sewing the rows onto about three {3} remaining sashing pieces.  In order to line up the short sashing rows, I fold the top half-square-triangle row in half, line up the short sashings and pin at the intersections.  This creates a nice grid.


Once you've completed sewing all your rows together, trim the quilt.  To get nice, accurate points, trim 1/4" past each of the points, always lining up at least two points while you're trimming.


Use the remaining sashing pieces to create a border around the quilt.  Then, from the small border print, cut four {4} 2" strips.  Sew the border on in the same manner as the sashing.


Layer using your favorite batting.  I used prewashed cotton flannel in my little quilt because where we live a heavy quilt isn't necessary.  This is a great option for a warm climate or a spring or fall baby, when a little warmth is needed, but not as much as a full quilt.  I quilted with an allover meander.  Because my quilt was lightweight, I also used a single fold binding method.


Instead of using a 2 1/2" piece of binding folded in half {as for a standard double fold binding}, use a 1 1/2" piece not folded.  Then pull it flat, tuck the raw edge in, and wrap it around to the back.  I always pin or clip my binding down when using a single fold to avoid excess fraying.

Now, the final touch to this little quilt is adding the ties.  Cut two 1 1/2" x 28" strips {I cut mine from the remaining backing piece}.  Fold in half, press, then fold both raw edges toward the center seam as for bias binding.


Pin one ties ten inches {10"} from the top of the quilt on each side.  Stitch in place and your quilt is ready for outings!




One 25" x 30" quilt, ready to be tied on to any car seat or stroller!


Oh, and hopefully one cozy warm {and stylish} baby too!

I hope you enjoy this design, and if you make it I'd love for you to share it to the Clover & Violet and the Moda Bake Shop Flickr groups.









{Clover & Violet}

37 comments:

Tina said...

Super cute! Love everything about it.

simplysarh said...

Love it! This lovely project has moved to the top of my list. Any thoughts on what kind of batting to use for a cold, Canadian climate?

Irina said...

It's lovely!

Gabriella said...

So lovely and cute!!!!
Great work Jeannie

Thank you so much .... and I love Sophie collection ^__^

Pamela Nees said...

Wonderful quilt and great idea! Winter babies need this!

Quilter in the Gap said...

Gorgeous and ever so handy! Jennie has done it again.

ashjoy said...

Awww, how sweet! If I had one of those little bundles I would surely make this!

Maria said...

Fabulous little quilt for the car seat.
Love the fabrics you used.

Kristi said...

Wonderful idea and a beautiful little quilt

Elsa said...

What a beautiful baby and the quilt is lovely! Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

Richard Healey said...

Oh that is pretty. I think I am going to add this to my to-do list.

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Life In A Pink Bunny Suit said...

Love the idea of the ties...works perfectly for the carseat!
Thanks for sharing!
Toni
www.lifeinapinkbunnysuit.com

Connie said...

This is just adorable! Thanks so much for sharing!

Miss Gracie's House said...

So darling!
Rene

orsolya vanessza kiss said...

it is wonderful! :)

Ineke van den Akker said...

Fantastic! Just love this!

Malini said...

OMG! this so beautiful. I'm thinking of making this one soon. Will post the pictures when i'm done.

The baby is even more adorable :-).

Kate Brown said...

I love this little quilt and what a fabulous idea!

Lindsay said...

Such a cute little quilt and I love the idea of the ties. I hate when blankets fall on the ground, and this completely solves that problem!

Dianne Mitzel said...

This baby is beautiful!! The quilt is lovely..excellent instructions, don't you wish you could keep her this age for a long,long time?? from a grandmother who wants a baby on her lap always...

Tina said...

This is just sooo cute!!!

Barb said...

What a great idea. I need to make a quilt for a little guy this weekend. I may try this. Thanks.

Terri Ann said...

So pretty! I was just remembering my cousin is expecting in a few months the other night and this is the first newborn since I began quilting so this is a perfect project for me to tackle for a gift that can be finished in time and will come out beautifully! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

Nicole @ Patchwork Duck Designs said...

I just completed the carseat cover last night! It looks beautiful and was easy to put together:

http://www.patchworkduck.com/2012/02/quilted-carseat-cover-completed.html

Thanks for posting a great project!

Jensters said...

Arh i really love this...its looks so cute.

Nicole @ Patchwork Duck Designs said...

Just completed my second carseat cover! I used a slightly different pattern for the charm squares (tumblers this time) but kept the idea the same. Thanks!

http://www.patchworkduck.com/2012/03/baby-carseat-cover-tumbler-tiles-quilt.html

The Gregory's said...

I love it! I just finished mine and I can't get over how much I love it. Thanks for the great tutorial. I am starting to make a couple for more for baby gifts!

http://brysonmickellegregory.blogspot.com/2012/03/car-seat-quilt.html

Nicole @ Patchwork Duck Designs said...

I keep using this pattern for baby gifts! Here's my third version:

http://www.patchworkduck.com/2012/06/yet-another-carseat-cover-charm-pack.html

Catherine said...

I'm trying to make this quilt as a gift for my sister and am having a difficult time understanding how I'm supposed to do the sashing. Is there a sashing tutorial that you could suggest to me?

Thanks!

Sew Gramy Sew said...

I like making my own binding too. I was glad to see that in your tutorial. I am going to dig out the charm packet I got for Christmas that I chose not to use. This is perfect for that.Thanks for the tut.

Idella Garza said...

I want buy new car seat covers for my car. That car seat quilt is very cute! I want to create one for my baby daughter.

Tisha Voeller said...

this is a darling quilt and I am so excited to be making it right now. But as a new quilter, I am having a heck of a time following these directions! They don't seem to be very user friendly. How long are the sashing strips? 1 1/2" by what? I'm very frustrated.

Elizabeth J. Neal said...

They don't seem to be very user friendly. How long are the sashing strips? 1 1/2" by what? I'm very frustrated. car seat canopy

Allie Legarza said...

Hi Jennie,

I am thinking about making one of these. I just have one question, is the quilt big enough that if you don't tie it that it will cover the entire car seat? Great idea by the way! I will definitely post mine after I finish!

Allie

Allie Legarza said...

To Nicole @ Patch Work Duck, do you have a pattern for your trapezoid version, that is absolutely adorable!

Allie

Deborah Worcester said...

thank you so much for your clear and concise tutorial!Gotta make this-
fabrics soooo pretty!

jyotirmoy biswas said...

Amazing idea. Thank you for shearing it .Baby when stay in baby car seat it is very important to ensure there comfort and happiness . Its very helpful for thats.

thank you
jyoti