DIY Carseat Poncho with a Hood

These car seat ponchos are easy to make and can keep your children warm in the car seats and out, without sacrificing safety. Learn to sew one!

Easy DIY Car Seat Poncho

These car seat ponchos are easy to make and can keep your children warm in the car seats and out, without sacrificing safety. Learn to sew a car seat coat below!

October 2016: I've been getting a lot of traffic on this post about how to make an easy car seat poncho so I wanted to update it with a full video tutorial. It's been 4 years since I wrote this post and I think my photos, my sewing, and my video have improved a lot so hopefully the video (scroll down) will be helpful to get everyone started on making their own poncho. This project was inspired by: Reversible Car Seat Poncho Tutorial. I've changed a few of the steps for how I put on the hood and I also used bias tape along the bottom of the poncho. I like the look of this better than a fringe.

December 2012: I whipped this up today because we've been trying to figure out how to keep Baby G warm without putting a jacket on him in his car seat (they apparently can compress in an accident which can cause injuries). It was difficult to put the hood on, but overall it was easy. Instead of putting a fringe on the edge I sewed the edges together when I added bias tape. I love the Star Wars fabric!

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  • Fleece. You'll want an inner fabric and an exterior fabric (if you live in a warmer climate, you could probably use just one layer). I probably could have gotten away with 1.5 yards of each, but I used 2 yards of each to be safe. 
  • Bias tape: I needed more than the 3 yards that came in the package so expect to use about 4-5 yards.
  • Sewing equipment: sewing machine, pins, scissors, and measuring tape.

Original Photos

Partially finished car seat poncho.Adding the hood for the car seat poncho.

  How to make your own car seat poncho for car seat safety.  Learn to sew a car seat poncho.

Video Tutorial: Car Seat Poncho

Note: Measurement I used for the length of my poncho was 23"... my video has instructions on how to adjust if needed, but this measurement has worked well for my kids. I'll add a pattern for the hood as well to my subscriber's only Google Drive folder- it's the hood-pattern file- but you can also just copy the hood on a current coat too!




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