How to Make a Car Seat Canopy

Published April 20th, 2022 by Allen Campbell

How to Make a Car Seat Canopy

Whether you want to cover stained upholstery or need to add a custom style to your vehicle’ figuring out how to make a car seat canopy/covers can save you a huge lot of money.

Since every vehicle is unique or different so you can’t easily purchase a pattern for your car seat covers/canopy.

So, In this blog post, I will create a car seat canopy/cover this is a good opportunity for you to learn new skills and save your dollar, not only save the dollar. Because if you know how to make a car canopy then it depends on you how you can make it beautiful, quality. Whenever you need you can start no need to wait or go outside to buy. Also, you can help your family or friend to make a car seat canopy for them as well if they needed.

How to Make a Car Seat Canopy: Summary

Instructions Step-By-Step How to Make a Car Seat Canopy:

Assuming handy with the sewing machine, a car seat cover/canopy is an easy and simple project, these car accessories are also an excellent way to learn to sew. No problem your skill level’ all it takes is only a few hours and a few dollars to customize your car, great, beautiful, and fast.

Although you can do some basic fitting to create a graceful appearance, the outcome is alluring covers that protect/save your vehicle’s inside from dust or others things that we use every day inside the car.

What Things Do You Need to Make a Car Seat Canopy?

The thing that you will need are listed below:

  • Flexible measuring tape
  • Several yards of fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Iron

What to Do?

First of all, start with to by measuring the size of your car seats for canopy.

The thing you need to Measure for car seat canopy or cover:

  • The depth and width of the seat base
  • The height of the seatback
  • The length of the rear part of the seat

Use you’re measuring tape to find every dimension of the car seat for the canopy and also record the measurements on a piece of paper or on your notebook is up to you how you manage your things. Because it will help to draw a diagram and note measurements on that.

Select and buy fabric based on how much you want. Because already that you have the dimensions’ size, you will have an idea of how much fabric you need. Estimate the yardage’ and round up. It doesn’t hurt to have extra fabric to make up for any mistakes you might make

Look That What You Will or Have to Get Started

  • -36″x42″ outside fabric.  This is where we used our half-square triangle pieced top.  After piecing the triangles’ I added 6″ borders all the way around to make it the right size.
  • -36″x42″ lining fabric.  All fabric for this project is from the Rocket Age line.
  • -Two 6″x8.5″ rectangles for the hanging tabs
  • -Two 2″ sets of Velcro closure

So, What Next?

Use your measurements to cut out fabric pieces carefully. Mistakes on the side of making the pieces too large and don’t worry too much about making the shape perfect. Because you can adjust the shape as needed so be relaxed.

Abandon physically to the car and place the fabric pieces where they will go on the seat. Start to Use pins to attach the pieces jointly and modify the size and fit. With the scissors’ trim the fabric near the pins’ allowing about an inch for your seams. Make dot the places where the seat belt comes through the seat cover.

Start by laying out your outside and lining fabric with the right sides together.  Pin all the way around. So, for rounded corners’ draw a curve on each corner using a round object as a guide.  I used a 12″ embroidery hoop for ours.

cutting piece of cloth for making car canopy

The line that you pull out will be the cutting line’ so use it as a guide as if it were the edge of the fabric as you sew on every side of the curve.

showing cut piece of fabric for the car seat canopy

So, now at the moment sew all the way around the entire items with a 1/4″ seam’ leaving an opening of a few inches through with one of the sides. 

Cut the corners off through the drawn lines.  Turn the whole thing inside-out & then press the seam flat all the get around.

stitching the top end of car seat canopy to remove any waves and imbalances

Topstitch all the way around with a 1/8″ seam’ making ensure to catch the opening you left when turnoff.  The blanket part of the car seat canopy is finished.

getting another piece of fabric for car seat canopy

So next now what need to do? Take your 6″x8.5″ rectangles and fold in half lengthwise with right sides jointly.

stitching together pieces of fabric for car seat canopy

Sew through the three open sides with a 1/4″ join’ quite a 1-2″ gap for turning inside-out

stitched pieces of fabric

So now trim the corners a minute before you turn it inside-out & now press the seams flat.

pieces of fabric for the car seat canopy

Topstitch all the way on every side, all tab with a 1/8″ seam.

stitching Velcro straps to the pieces of car seat canopy

Pin the Velcro sets to the tabs right under the top sewing’ with one piece of the pair on one side of the tab and the other part on the opposite side of the tab. Very befuddling sounding’ isn’t that so? Just look at the photo above and hopefully and ideally, it appears more sense.

setting Velcro strap on car seat canopy

Stitch each piece of Velcro in place with a four-sided figure and an X. So, the loop is now ready to put onto the canopy.

car seat canopy on the car seat top

Lay the canopy over the highest point of your car sear to conclude where the ties ought to go. So, what do I prefer? I prefer to have more blankets in the front of the car seat’ to where it is almost meet the ground.  Onetime you know where you need the tape to go’ put a pin in the blanket.

finished car seat canopy

Lay hold of the canopy off the car seat and lay it flat.  Using the pins you placed as a reference’ pin the straps in place.  Put the end of the tab with Velcro facing up at the top’ However it folds over the top of the car seat hold.

Stitch each tab in place with one more rectangle and (x).  Congratulation you have finish with the car seat canopy.

Awesome! Presently an up-to-date and utilitarian car seat canopy. You can utilize a pieced top’ additional trim or embellishments’ or Minky within to additionally tweak your car seat canopy.

How Much Fabric Do I Need to Make a Car Seat Cover?

Car Seat Canopy Fabric:

  • 1 yard of your top fabric (you might need more if you have a directional fabric)
  • 1 yard of your bottom fabric (you might need more if you have a directional fabric)
  • 1/3 yard of strap fabric.
  • 1/3 yard of another strap fabric.
  • 6″ of 2″ wide sew-on Velcro.

Is a Car Seat Canopy Necessary?

You need to be able to see your baby without lifting or moving the cover. Fabric that completely covers the seat also increases the risk of the child overheating. Even thin’ “breathable” cotton significantly reduces airflow and creates a greenhouse effect in the car seat.

How Do You Cover a Blanket with a Car Seat?

You can fold the blanket twice’

  • Lengthways
  • Sideways

And use that to hang from the canopy down to the bottom of the front of the car seat for full coverage. Optionally’ make some slack in the blanket to garner enough material to tie each of the top corners to the car seat handle.

Can You Dye Baby Car Seat Covers?

However, in case you’re looking for a specific color of seat cover and can’t seem to find it you can also dye the fabric yourself. All you need is a plain seat cover (preferably off-white’ cream or beige since they are easiest to dye) and a packet of powder dye.

Can I Make My Own Car Seat Covers?

Yes, why not you can, Lay a clear plastic sheet’ blank sewing pattern paper’ or another large sheet of paper like newspaper over the seat portion of the car seat’ allowing it to drape over the sides. Spread the paper flat against the seat and use the magic marker to draw lines over the seams in the existing car seat’s upholstery.

Are Car Seat Canopies Safe?

The short answer is no. Car seat manufacturers advise parents not to use any product in the car seat if it isn’t made by the manufacturer. There are a lot of aftermarket products that don’t meet flammability standards.

Are Car Seat Covers Worth It?

From a financial point of view,’ car seat covers are definitely worth the price you pay for them. They protect our seats from dirt’ UV rays’ pet hair’ food spills’ and the list of car seat cover benefits goes on and on. As you don’t have to worry about these damages’ the car ride will be more comfortable and enjoyable.

Can You Use A Bunting Bag In a Car Seat?

Bunting bags are used as a way to keep the baby warm while taking car trips in the winter. They can be used with the car seat’ with slots for straps to anchor the bunting to the seat. Other, more modern bunting bags are used in swaddling babies during sleep.

Do Seat Covers Ruin Seats?

Not usually’ if they are fabric’ good quality and fitted well as the purpose of seat covers is generally to protect whatever material the seat is upholstered with from dirt’ abrasion’ sun and so on. Sometimes a seat cover is used for comfort or concealment because the original seat upholstery is wearing out or damaged.


So, this is one of the best and easiest ways how to make a car seat canopy. Utilize your creative mind and get down to business with it.

Making your own car seat canopy gives you complete control over the materials for your vehicle seats’ and it also provides a creative way to save dollars ($) as well.  

You can pick a texture for its color’ its strength’ its simple consideration directions’ or essentially in light of the fact that you like it. But if you buy a car seat canopy, they may only come with one or two (few) colors and styles/designs, but the choices are endless when you create your own car seat canopy.

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Allen Campbell

Allen is a full time writer at and enjoys traveling around the United States and exploring nature. He enjoys writing about canopies as he believes they are extremely crucial in having a successful camping trip whether it be a trip to the beach, mountains, or the open plains.

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