Monday, February 3, 2014

DIY Car Seat Arm Saver



I always knew the infant carriers were heavy but not that heavy! I find it very difficult to be somewhat comfortable when toting my little one around. The easiest way to deal with the weight is to put the carrier in the nook of your arm, but after a day of that and a bruised arm later, I was on the hunt for a solution. My mom told me about a tutorial she saw for a padded arm rest, so to Pinterest I went. I found this tutorial and made my own. The only modification I made was to omit the ribbon part since I did not plan to hang toys from it. Below is my version of the handy dandy car seat arm saver!

What You'll Need:
High Density Foam - 11"x 7"
Two pieces of fabric - 8.5" x 14"
Marker or pen
Serrated knife
Velcro


The first thing I did was cut down the foam to the correct size: 11" x 7". The easiest way to cut through it is to mark your dimensions with a pen or marker and then use a serrated kitchen knife to saw through it.

Now, set your foam aside and take your two pieces of 8.5" x 14" fabric and sew around both long ends and one short end with right sides together.


Once you've done that, go ahead and press under the short side you didn't sew about half an inch all around. This just makes it easier later.



Take your Velcro and attach it to the short side that you have already sewn. Be sure to sew all four sides of the Velcro. Then, to help reinforce it, you will want to do a straight stitch on one side of the Velcro as pictured above.

I apologize for not having pictures of the next steps, but it's fairly easy. You will want to stuff (this part is challenging as it will be a tight fit) the foam into the bag you've already made. You will have to fold it down in half so you can work with the other short end. 

You need to sew the other piece of Velcro onto the open end just as you did before. Make sure you put this piece on the opposite side of the first piece (for example: I put my first piece of Velcro on the polka dot side and my second piece on the owl side). When you sew the Velcro on, you will also be sewing the bag shut.



Now that the bag is sealed with Velcro on both sides, you need to unfold the foam from inside until it is flat as pictured above.



 And that's it! You just wrap it around that pesky car seat handle and you will have instant relief when toting your little one around town!



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45 comments :

  1. I love this, Melissa! Don't have a little one yet, but will def refer to it in the future!

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  2. Oh my word, that is a genius idea! I wish Pinterest and blogging was far more popular during my baby days. Still pinning for all those other new mommies though. Thanks for sharing on Funday Monday.

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  3. Great tutorial! Any tips on how to get the foam unfolded once closed? I'm having a hard time with that. :(

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    1. I wish there was a trick I could share with you, but to be honest all I did was wiggle and work at it until it eventually flattened out. I know it doesn't seem like it now, but it will unfold. Good luck! :)

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    2. Thanks! I eventually worked it out. Takes patience...I didn't have much left by 10pm. :)

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    3. Steam it. Foam tends to fluff up with steam. Garment steamer or iron over a towel.

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  4. i did not fold up my foam i put it inside and then squished it up so i had room to sew the velcro in and the added stitch. I then took a ruler and ran the flat edge straight across the foam several times until it was smooth. It took less than 5 minutes to make it flat and did not struggle at all. thanks so much! Wished i had this 3 years ago with my first grand daughter.

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  9. Having a hard time getting to stay Velcroed around handle, keeps pulling apart. Any ideas? Thank you, Michele

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