Friday, June 11, 2010

sew & tell: car seat blanket pattern give-away

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Welcome to Sew & Tell Friday!  I'm Nicole and I'm filling in for Amy this week.  I really love Amy's blog and all of a sudden I'm nervous about ruining it with this post. Stay!  Stay...

Almost two years ago I made a car seat canopy/cover/blanket for my sister-in-law for her new baby boy.  It was pretty poorly made (no pattern), but so much fun to give something useful, that I wanted to make another one.  My friend, Kristi, and I made some changes based on mostly her experience (I have one kid and she has a dozen... or three, it's hard to tell when they move that fast).  We rounded the corners (no more dragging the blanket on the ground), hid the Velcro closure under the handlebar of the car seat, and put elastic at the "head" of the blanket so that it wouldn't blow up (not an explosion, which is what I think of every time I write those words) in the wind.  Since coming up with that new design we opened an etsy shop and I've since made over a hundred car seat blankets.  How about a collage (not of all of them- yikes)?


And for boys:


Most of you who read this blog know that you could make one of those, no problem.  And you're right!  So how about a giveaway of our pattern and some pretty glass-head pins?  Now you won't have to waste fabric figuring this out.  To enter, leave a comment on this blog.  For a second entry, go to our shop, browse, come back here and mention in your comment what your favorite item is.  The winner will be announced here next Friday.  Good luck, everyone!

Now, off you go to encourage all your sewing-blogging friends. :)

What have you been sewing this week?


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71 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Lesly said...

Great car seat covers! With my only daughter going on 17, I'm a bit beyond them at the moment. And with still a few years to go before I need them for grandchildren (on, fingers crossed very hard!).

Sarah Craig said...

Great seat covers! I'm always in the market for a great baby shower gift.....

Jenn said...

WOW - you have really been busy! Isn't it a wonderful feeling to have accomplished something like perfecting a pattern over time!! I'm impressed!

Jenn said...

Skipped over to your etsy shop and fell in love with the Avignon quilt! Gorgeous - looks as if it was very time-heavy, with all the curved piecing, but so worth it! I LOVE IT!

Lizzy @ Lizzy Designs said...

I'd really like to win a pattern like this, I love sewing and hope to be an auntie some time soon!

Kelly O. said...

love the martinique table runner!

Kelly O. said...

we're having a baby in July and this would be perfect! crossing my fingers!

Marissa said...

I would love to win this pattern! I expect to start needing one of these towards the end of the year.

Marissa said...

Also, I love the black-eyed susan quilt - it's gorgeous!

P. said...

Cute seat covers! Clever design too. This would make a great gift.

Andrea said...

I've got baby #4 on the way and I've never had a car seat cover. I'd love the pattern!

Andrea

TheTrainToCrazy at gmail.com

Luke & Kelsie Frazier said...

Pure genius! I love it! I hope I win. I'm in that phase where everyone I know is having babies. I'm so glad I stumbled onto this blog.

Luke & Kelsie Frazier said...

Ooh, I love the crazy about dots and stripes carseat cover. ITs so cute!

Rene' said...

Great car seat covers! Too bad they didn't have these when my kids were little ;-) Thanks for sharing!

Brooke said...

I love these carseat canopies. I want to make one so bad. Pick me, pick me!

Brooke said...

That reversible snorkel car seat canopy is adorable! I also really love the Nicey Jane dots in your boy collage. I almost bought some yesterday, but didn't. Now I really wish I did.

Jillian said...

These are amazing. I am due in October with my 1st and we recently decided to decorate with the cosmo cricket Girl Friday letters and I was so excited to see the letters used in a pattern. Great Job.

Kristen said...

Wow! That's a lot of sewing there. They are really cute! Don't pick me because all of mine are out of that car seat. But I'll bookmark your store!

Annelies said...

We have a new baby that would LOVE a car seat cover.....keeping fingers crossed!!!!

Suzanne said...

Your covers look great! I could probably figure it out but it would be a whole lot easier to have the pattern!
Thanks!

Q said...

Those are very cute. My kids are out of the infant stage but I have countless friends that are just starting to have kids. What a great present this will make!

Candied Fabrics said...

Oh, those are so cute! THanks for filling in, I hope Amy's furniture comes soon! ;-)

Leslie said...

these are so great...i am going to need one in the next months. thanks for hosting and for having a giveaway too

sandra said...

Increible!!!

Michelle said...

Thanks for guest posting, and with a give-away no less!

Michelle said...

They're all so pretty! Great idea. A lot of new mama's could use one of these.

everydaychaos said...

Thanks for guest posting! Love the carseat covers!

The Blakes said...

wow a giveaway! thanks!! it's cute and useful!!!
marthablake3@gmail.com

The Blakes said...

the shop has some amazing items and some are on sale-ya! I enjoy the design of the Martinique Blue Table Runner. thanks!
marthablake3@gmail.com

cvdnurse said...

I love your car seat covers! Wish I'd had something like that when my babies were small (they're 25, 23 and 21 now!) But I have been invited to a fair number of baby showers lately and I know this would be a much-appreciated gift.
Susan in NC
susie.galasso@gmail.com

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Very cool! Lots of my daughters friends are having babies and this would be a great gift! Thanks for sponsoring Sew & Tell today:)

Dayna said...

Nicole, very funny post! I've enjoyed reading it. The covers are great!

Dayna said...

OK, I've been to your shop, and I must have the leafy tree bag!!

Jen Poe said...

I was just talking about making a couple of these the other day. I have twins on the way, and I love how making them myself would make the color choices limitless and fun! Having a pattern for doing so... Well, how much easier would THAT be?! Awesome post!

Hunter Cox Family said...

I did not have one for baby number one but sure would like the pattern so I can make one for baby number two!

Hunter Cox Family said...

For entry number to I like the reversable flowers and dots car seat blanket on your site! Thanks!

Jackie Russell said...

Love the car seat covers!

Jackie Russell said...

Love the green sage cover in your esty shop.

Mona said...

I would love to have this pattern..such a cute idea.....

Jessica said...

The seat covers are so cute. Thanks for a fun giveaway!

MaddyMazeStudio said...

Wow, fantastic covers. I wish I had one!

Beth said...

Fabulous car seat covers! I've made a few in the past for gifts - they are are super thing to keep babies snuggled up in the winter months especially!

Jamie said...

I would love to use this pattern! Thanks for the chance to win!

Jamie said...

I jumped over to your shop. I love the Leafy Tree Bag! It is so cute!

sy said...

cute blankets :D thanks for hosting the giveaway.

sy said...

i love the quilts in your shop, love the martinique quilts.

Terri said...

The car seat covers are the 'perfect' baby shower gift. I could and would use a pattern :-)

Michelle - Mom of 3 Munchkins said...

Those covers are cute! I would love to win the pattern and try to make one!
tolsmamm at juno dot com

amy smart said...

My kids never had such beautiful coverings for their car seats, but I have three new nephews that I could totally spoil. I love what you've made!

Laura said...

I don't have kids yet, but I am planning on having a few someday and would love to have this pattern in my repertoire! Plus, what a killer baby shower gift. :) Maybe this time my luck will change . . .

Amber and The Boys said...

Very cool! I would love to learn to make those but could only do it with a pattern. Which is why I want to enter. :)

Rita E said...

My kids are all grown up and no grandbabies, but this would have been so awesome to have! Very creative!!

Mrs. Doodle said...

love this idea and I just had a baby so it would be super handy! I live in the south so I think I would make it with a thinner vintage sheet - one of those awesomely soft ones:) the ones that remind you of summer but it would help keep all of the rude people that want to touch all over your baby off:) double :)

Mrs. Doodle said...

I love the Martinique Table Runner from your shop! cute!

Laura said...

By the way, for my second entry, I LOVE the Michael Miller Dandy Damask car seat cover. I have a purse out of the pink and brown dandy damask that this really cool girl named Amy made me. :)

Kimberly said...

Lovely covers. I would really love to win the pattern. We have a new little one on the way and would def. be able to use this! Thanks for the giveaway!

Kimberly said...

I adore the leafy tree bag and also I love the snorkel and stripe car seat cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

omalzagirl said...

I'm having my 3rd baby and would love to make my first carseat cover for him/her!

Lappedamen said...

These seat covers are so cute. What busy you have been. Nice work.

Roberta said...

You are so clever and creative! My daughter is expecting her 1st girl after two boys. I'd love to make her one of these!

Roberta said...

I love the little Grandmother's Flower garden quilt!

Seams Inspired said...

Wish I had thought of the CarSeat cover whe my babies were babies! Happy Sewing! :o)

Sandy said...

This is perfect. My niece is having her first, little girl, in July and the cover would be perfect, perfect.
I will be keeping my fingers crossed.

MandMStudio said...

Very lovely all of them. I would love to make on for my sister, she is due in Sept.

MandMStudio said...

My favorite is Alphabet and Stripes

pinksuedeshoe said...

What a great giveaway! I Love the elasticized part, such a good idea.

pinksuedeshoe said...

And from your etsy shop for extra points- my fav is the Avignon Love Ring quilt. GORGEOUS!

Amber H. said...

I've been wanting to know how to make these, a pattern would be awesome to have! I prefer making my shower gifts and I'm known for my handmade gifts, time to start outdoing myself again!

The4Rs said...

I am in the grandma phase of life, so making one of these covers would be a great shower gift! Count me in!

sewtakeahike said...

these are so cute Nicole!! So sorry I missed this, they would make great gifts!

sewtakeahike said...

these are so cute Nicole!! So sorry I missed this, they would make great gifts!

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