After sewing, using & selling these adorable SAFE car seat ponchos for over half a decade, we decided to share our original recipe with you! This is where it all started for us. We designed and tested many versions of this poncho over the years and wanted something simple and effective. Now we laid out all the steps and took pictures so that you can make them yourself; a very easy DIY project that you can perfect in about an hour. Once you make it, you will see how simple it is and you will be sewing these car seat ponchos for all your friends and family- think unique baby shower or birthday gifts, because what present is better than the gift of safety?! Just run to Joann Fabrics, pick up some fleece (wait for a 50% off sale for a low cost option) and get sewing! This fleece “coat” will keep your little boy or girl, baby or toddler, warm and cozy through fall, winter and spring. The options are endless, let your creativity soar!
You have several choices in this tutorial and all options are cozy warm, double-layered and reversible. The sizing of this poncho is meant for a 6 month old to a 3 year old. Our own kids started with these in car seats and strollers and then wore them out and about walking and running. We usually choose a simple pattern for one side and a more busy pattern for the other. For example, a girl poncho might have pretty, large flowers on one side and a simple neutral argyle print (color coordinated to the flowers) on the other. This version of the car seat poncho is shorter in the back than in the front so that it can be flipped over the back of the car seat easier. If you would like your length to be the same in front and back, just lengthen the body piece when you are cutting!
Step 1. Gather Supplies
- 2 rectangular pieces of fleece 38in x 28in; choose 2 different prints if you want the reverse to be different (about 1.5 yards total)
- 4 hood pieces of fleece 10in x 11in; if choosing different prints, make 2 hood pieces of each print
- Scissors and rotary cutter (optional)
- Sewing machine
- Matching thread
- Ruler or measuring tape
- Hood pattern (download pdf here)
- Decorative trim (optional) (about 4.5 yards)
- Decorative applique fabric (optional)
- Bow Tie pattern (optional)
Step 2. Cut Out Body Pieces
Step 3. Pin Body Pieces
Step 4. Make A Hood Opening
IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A DECORATIVE APPLIQUE, LIKE OUR BOW TIE, GO TO STEP 13 NOW
Step 5. Sew Body Pieces
Step 6. Sew Around Hood Opening
Step 7. Cut Out Hood Pieces
Step 8. Pin Hood Pieces
Step 9. Sew Hood Halves
Step 10. Sew Hood Pieces Together
Step 11. Sew Hood to Body
Extras & Optional Steps
Step 12. Sew on Decorative Trim
Step 13. Decorative Applique
Thank you so much for pinning and sharing your inspo. How were these directions? What would you like to see a tutorial for next; a circular or rectangular poncho, a no sew tie knot version, adult hooded blanket, etc.? Please tag us on social media or send us photos of your proud work. Feel free to ask us any questions below; we are happy to help!
PS, if you are not a DIY-er (or tried and it wasn't for you), these poncho options HERE are available for purchase directly from us. Happy Sewing and thanks for visiting!