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}

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