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oohmybees
« on: April 19, 2010 11:41:19 AM »

[Edited to add:  When altering any form of safety device, please be sure to consult the owner's manual and research proper techniques and/or materials for the project.  Please keep this thread on-topic to crafting.  Off-topic replies will be edited or deleted without notice.  -- sweets4ever, Craftster Admin]

I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of baby #3.  After digging out all of the baby stuff I realized that my car seat was looking a little tired and plain.  The liner was beige with bears and not in mint condition.  I have always been kind of intimidated by the complexity of a car seat liner, but after looking at it I realized that it was not that complicated.

I traced the original cover pieces onto paper bags.  I didn't even take it apart, but it would have been a little easier and more accurate if I had, but I wanted to make sure that I would have some sort of liner if the one I was making didn't work.  I used pre-quilted fabric, just to be easy and because I loved the batik pattern.  There were only four pieces: a center piece, two side pieces, and a sleeve that fits over the back of the seat.    There were also four elastic loops that hold the liner in place.  After sewing the four pieces together I tried it on the seat and made a few adjustments and positioned the elastic pieces.  Then all I had to do was put bias binding around the entire edge.  The new liner made the old seat look new!

I also made a coordinating cover to keep out the sun and drafts using this tutorial.  Now I have what looks like a brand new car seat, now if Little Sir would only come out.

I've really crafted a lot for this baby: hats, booties, gowns, boppy covers, swaddling blankets, and a cocoon, but I do have more time now and he is going to be getting a lot of hand me downs.
Comments always appreciated  Grin
« Last Edit: April 19, 2010 03:30:41 PM by sweets4ever » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2010 11:45:39 AM »

BAD IDEA!!!!  Doing anything to a carseat like that will void the warrenty and can put your child in serious danger. (also, your seat looks old and expired. you can go on the carseat manufaturers website to check the date in order to make sure...I just know that almost all seats now are 5 point harness because it is much safer) the fabrics do not met flamibility requirements. Also, the carseat was not tested with those fabrics and padding and may fail in a wreak. If it is expired, the plastic can be brittle and other things may malfunction.
« Last Edit: April 19, 2010 11:50:03 AM by sewingpin » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2010 11:54:46 AM »

Um VERY dangerous! First, that carseat is long expired! Second, altering a carseat in any way is dangerous! I will get you some more info ASAP!

Thank you for your concern, the car seat is not expired according to the date on the bottom (I was surprised that they had expiration dates listed on the seat) and I did not alter the safety straps at all, I only made a new liner, it is exactly like the old one and does not effect the safety of the seat.  I also don't see how a cover to shield the sun and wind would be a problem.

**edit**  You know I was really excited about this and yes, surprisingly, I am concerned about the safety of my children and I have checked into using older seats and about replacing the cover and I feel it is a safe choice for my family.  I also believe in reusing whenever possible instead of throwing away for something newer.  That being said, you have brought out some important points that should be considered by anyone who might also be interested in reusing a car seat, however it is disappointing to me that in a community of sharing that you had to bring your comments in such a negative way.  We are all adults here, perhaps you should try to remember that you aren't the only one who is concerned about safety and maybe it would be better to make suggestions than to jump to the conclusion that you know what is best for everyone.
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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2010 12:31:05 PM »

Looks better than the one I made for my daughter when she was little. If I'd thought of it, I might have used cotton batting, and flame-retardant fabric, but the thought of it catching on fire never occurred to me, and it never did.  It's quite likely any flame-retarding coating that was on the original would have been worn off from washing, too.

I really don't see how the liner would effect whether the plastic would fail. If you're excessively concerned about the flammability issue, you could put this one over the top of the original so that there's a layer of higher flame-retardant fabric as well. If it's as good as sewingpin believes it is, you could use the old cover to put out the fire on the new one, should it come down to that. Cotton isn't excessively flame prone anyway (I presume that's quilting fabric, since that's what it looks like).  I'd be more concerned if it were a synthetic fiber (more likely to melt if there ever were a freak fire and burn the baby).


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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2010 01:26:53 PM »

I adore it!  I would love to do this with our carseat as I won it at a Maternity fair and it was gender neutral colors but they are still more masculine than I would like, but unfortunately I am scared of bias tape and elastic, skills I have yet to aquire.... I bet it's way softer than that old seat too!  You should make a matching diaper bag for it!!!!!
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« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2010 02:31:18 PM »

I think your new cover is superb! The fabric is great and it looks like it fits very well! I wouldn't worry about it in a crash as the fabric has absolutely NOTHING to do with the stability of the plastic of the car seat. Realistically, cars don't go up in flames like you see in movies and I think this whole hoopla over the safety is getting thrown way out of proportion...  Kudos to you, because that cover looks much nicer than ones I've seen in stores!
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« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2010 03:00:26 PM »

I'd just like to say, on a positive note, your new cover is really lovely! Personally, I really hate how lots of car seats and carriers are black and grey - this is beautiful, bright and unique. Also, I don't think that your seat looks old at all!

On a more serious note, I'm sure there are many people who wouldn't think twice about using an 'out-of-date' car seat, or one that they knew may not be properly fitted. You have obviously put much thought and care into creating this seat cover. I feel that the negative comment about the cover is a little redundant. If not communicated in such an ostentatious manner, it may have been constructive for others if they hadn't taken those things into account, however it wasn't and such just appeared patronising.

I'm no expert, oohmybees, but I've sat an A-Level in textiles and did a project specifically on materials for children. I'm pretty sure that fabrics that are to be used with children (for safety) are not tested on the grounds of their 'compression ability' but on the grounds that they aren't irritating to the skin, haven't been in contact with harmful chemicals and are durable and easy to clean for the carer. Obviously, nothing highly flammable is going to be used, but that's not to protect a child in the case that an entire car set on fire (it would make hardly any difference to a small child trapped in a confined space filled with smoke). Just that, if some spark was created the material wouldn't catch alight.

Once again, your cover is brilliantly vibrant - and I love your little sun cape, too! Great materials. You're going to have one designer baby on your hands.
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« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2010 03:08:34 PM »

Ok, it's one thing to express concern for a fellow crafter's child...it's a whole 'nother thing to do it so rudely. Not sure how much info people want to hear or take the time to understand when it comes with such an attitude. I agree with fitofhonesty...more flies with honey, baby!
 I assume, oohmybees, that you are doing your best to care for your children. Good job! : ) And I so love that you are using your crafty skills to better your childrens' lives. : ) Happy-soon-to-be-third-baby!
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« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2010 03:17:30 PM »

Hi, guys!

Please keep the focus of this thread craft-related.

If you have additional safety information or personal experiences regarding carseat safety, hospitals, etc. to share, feel free to Personal Message each other.  This thread may be pruned for off-topic comments.


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« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2010 04:09:09 PM »

..well I think it's really pretty!!!
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