But when my little granddaughter needs something, it must be done! This time, we needed a CAR SEAT PONCHO. I didn’t even know what these are and why they are needed – and in case you are in the dark too, it is considered NOT safe now to place your baby in a “poofy” winter jacket in the car seat – the thickness of the jacket makes for the straps to be actually too loose in case of collision! Yup, lots of research out there and I found THIS ARTICLE in case you want to read more.
So what is one to do? MAKE A CAR SEAT PONCHO!
It is a simple poncho, made from double layer of fleece, so your baby is warm getting out of the house but you can lift up the back side and strap her/him in the car seat directly. These are not in your regular retail just yet…so if you search the all-mighty Pinterest, you will find a tutorial or two on how to make it! That is what I did and found THIS ONE, as my starting point.
Tutorial is very nice but I wanted to add a few things – some kind of open-and-close system rather than just over the head (our little Juliana really hates over-the-head part of dressing up!) and the opening for her hands, so that she can play or hold something during the car rides.
And that brings me to the old fashion type buttonhole.
I used that method to make the arm openings for this poncho! Not sure if anyone even uses these for actual buttonholes any more? But when I was growing up, my seamstress, step-mother always did these for coats or any heavier fabric, so I learned.
Here is what I did:
1. Just to show you the finished project…
3. TO START, cut a piece of fabric (fleece in this case) at least 1/2″ larger on all sides than the opening you need and stitch it on the RIGHT side of the garment, just around the actual opening (narrow rectangle of stitching). Cut through as shown below:
6. Now you just need to stitch it down, either by hand (so nothing is visible on the right side) or by machine of you like. With fleece one really doesn’t even have to turn the edges under, but with any other fabric you would want to. I did it here anyway.
For one of them I can’t quite share the full photo(s) until recipient gets it, but will as soon as I can! Here is just a sneak preview – I used, for the first time, that yummy Recollection fabric, designed by my friend Katarina Roccella.
Ooh how I love these!!!
But I can show you the fun play I had with my Modern Quilting Round Robin group! This was the latest round that I got and the colors and shapes are just sparkly, don’t you think?
Here is what arrived in the mail – my starting point.
Lots of color and I felt the need for some more black and white “break”, so I first made some free-hand curvy borders. Tried this orientation first:
Yup, liked that better! So next I added few bits of color with some improv-pieced, log cabin style squares in the opposite corners and some diagonal “stripes” also made with improv-piecing:
And who says winter is colorless and blah – look at the amazing sunset we caught one evening driving back home! (not a good photo from a moving car, but colors are just stunning)