Sunday, July 8, 2012

Car Seat Cooler

Every good idea I have for baby gear or wish list type item is usually found through a quick Google search.  This time I just didn't want to pay the $50 plus shipping price tag!  I knew I could make one.

With our heat wave, I decided the little woman needed a car seat cooler.  I found a picture of exactly what I wanted, but she didn't provide a tutorial (she's now selling them herself, so I don't blame her!).  I did study her pictures and come up with a design that would work for our car seat.  It's basically a strip of fabric with pockets that each hold an ice pack.  I freeze the ice packs over night and bring the whole thing with us on our day out and about.  Whenever we park the car, we put the ice pack in the seat to keep it cold while the rest of the car cooks in the sun.  When we return, the ice pack comes out, and she gets in a cold seat.  SHE DOES NOT SIT IN THE SEAT WITH THIS UNDER HER.  It's either the ice pack or her, never both : )  Just wanted to put that disclaimer out there.

It's a few layers of fabric sewn together with bias tape around the edges and pockets on one side. 

I sewed the top layer with two pieces of home decor fabric (so it's thick and sturdy) with some fleece sandwiched in the middle for insulation.  Each pocket gets a frozen ice pack.

The back layer is a thin poly/cotton blend so the cold can travel straight to her car seat.

And the entire thing fits perfectly in her seat.

For the price of 6 ice packs, fabric from my stash, and a few hours of my time, the little woman is much more comfortable this summer!

7 comments:

Kathleen said...

Wow! Awesome job! I'm so glad to see that someone actually made one. I do have a tutorial available on my blog now. I am not selling them as they are a PAIN to make and I just had a 3rd baby - no time. (Your bias tape looks amazing!)

Creative Dream said...

This is beyond amazing and I love the fabric choice. I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

Carrie Groneman said...

This is genius! Can you contact me please? I would love to feature this on my site or at least link to it. Thanks, Carrie, A Mother's Shadow www.amothersshadow.com

Candice Harris said...

I would love to have you make me one for my daughter! She is always complaining her back is hot when we get in the car and this would be great!

Brittney Haigler said...

Hello candice!
I noticed that this was originally posted in 2012 and she hasn't replied to other post. However if in allotted time she doesn't reply and you would still like one you can contact me and Id be glad to make you one. You can find me on Facebook or send me an email at Brittneyhaigler15@Yahoo.com

Brittney Haigler said...

Hello candice!
I noticed that this was originally posted in 2012 and she hasn't replied to other post. However if in allotted time she doesn't reply and you would still like one you can contact me and Id be glad to make you one. You can find me on Facebook or send me an email at Brittneyhaigler15@Yahoo.com

Brittney Haigler said...

Hello candice!
I noticed that this was originally posted in 2012 and she hasn't replied to other post. However if in allotted time she doesn't reply and you would still like one you can contact me and Id be glad to make you one. You can find me on Facebook or send me an email at Brittneyhaigler15@Yahoo.com