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20 Great Baby Items and Gear to Make Yourself

By ashleyhackshaw |

Whether you are making gifts for a baby shower, or making gear for your own nursery to prepare for baby, check out these 20 free tutorials and patterns.  From crib sheets to burp cloths, and artwork to booties, you’ll find some of the best ways to make your own baby items!  Handmade rocks!

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20 Great Baby Items and Gear to Make Yourself

Baby Wrap

Make your own baby wrap.
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About ashleyhackshaw



Ashley Hackshaw is the editor, designer, and DIYer behind the wildly popular Lil Blue Boo. She runs the successful Lil Blue Boo clothing line, clothing pattern line and DIY website, and she’s written The Cancer Chronicles, a detailed journey of her battle with a rare cancer Choriocarcinoma, intertwined with her creative lifestyle. Ashley also writes daily for Babble Home. Read bio and latest posts → Read Ashley's latest posts →

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16 thoughts on “20 Great Baby Items and Gear to Make Yourself

  1. Car Seat Mom says:

    All very cute – but you should NEVER make your own carseat cover. Car seat manufactures carefully test their covers, and a handmade one is not crash tested and could put your little one at risk. It also voids your warranty on your carseat, and is considered mis-use. You don’t want your baby to be the crash test dummy! There are plenty of cute covers you can buy from your carseat manufacturer, and there are many other cute things you can make for baby instead! How about recovering a stroller for example?

    P.S. – Im a certified carseat tech!

  2. Nicole says:

    I have made my children their car seat covers and would have to strongly disagree with the first comment. I looked at mine side by side with the manufacturers cheap cover and mine was a million times stronger and better quality than the one that came with the seat. There may be some people out there that don’t know how to sew well but an experienced seamstress can make a way better car seat cover than the mass produced stuff from China!

  3. Sara says:

    I have not looked at the pattern, but if you’re still using the original straps and just covering the original cover up, how does that alter the protection provided by the car seat?

  4. ashleyhackshaw says:

    Ashley offers this disclaimer on her site for the car seat: Disclaimer: Altering your car seat may void your car seat’s warranty. Make It and Love It is not responsible for any decisions made regarding your own car seat or fabrics chosen. I do, however, show how to use the exact same batting from the original seat and keep the same shape and dimensions, but just change out the top layer of fabric. But the thickness of the fabric is the same…not changing the thickness of the cover at all. However, in the event of an accident, your car seat may or may not be replaced with a brand new one. So consider the risk of having to pay for a new one, if your seat was damaged in a way that your seat’s company would have been willing to replace it for free. (I have heard of companies replacing the seat even though new covers were used, and other scenarios where they would not replace the seat. So keep that in mind.) Also, flame resistant fabrics can be used in event of fire, so choose fabrics accordingly. (Consider using a spray such as this to treat your fabric, to make your fabric flame resistant. But do some research to find a product suitable for you.)

  5. Amanda says:

    I believe it is totally up to the mother of the children. I grew up not wearing helments, wearing seat belts, etc and I came out perfectly fine. I think it is great for those who are able to make their own items…saves alot of money and most of the time turns out cuter than the manufactured. I do although agree that safety and law-abiding should definately be priority.

  6. Michelle says:

    I don’t see the harm in recovering or replacing the fabric on the canopy, but recovering / replacing the fabric on the insert is taking a chance. There’s no way, no matter how great a seamstress you are that the resulting insert will be EXACTLY the same as the manufacturer’s. It matters because the insert comes in contact with the straps and buckles and if it’s not EXACTLY right you risk injury or death. I was at one time a certified tech and little things DO make a difference. Why take the chance with your precious baby? I’d also suggest that you have your car seat and the installation checked out by a certified car seat check. You can find one on NHTSA website.

  7. Lynn says:

    The company is not usually the one replacing your car seat. Check with your insurance co. State Farm paid for all mine to be replaced that was in the vehicle at the time of the incident, not just the one that had a child in it.

  8. Jessica says:

    Nothing bugs me more than the old “I grew up without carseats at all and I’m just fine.” Um, yeah, that’s because you never got in an accident. All the children and babies who did get into accidents without a carseat are not just fine. most of them are dead.
    Let’s apply that logic to some other choices you could make based on the fact that you got lucky.
    “My mom smoked when she was pregnant with me and I’m just fine. Therefore, smoking while I am pregnant is fine.”
    “I grew up living off of soda and Lucky Charms, and I’m just fine. Therefore, feeding my child a high sugar diet is fine.”
    “I was abused as a child and I’m just fine. Therefore, it’s okay for me to abuse my children.”
    These excuses sound negligent to monstrous, but it’s the exact same logic as the no car seat = safe because I survived childhood without one argument.
    I don’t know the details of safety when it comes to replacing a car seat cover, but I just had to get that off my chest.

  9. Chelsea says:

    I think that if you know what you are doing and are an experienced seastress, or a very experienced sewer, replacing a car seat cover is fine. Ofcourse, there is a disclaimer, some people are not as skilled as others. I am sorry but IMO I would not soley rely on the manufacturers on car seats of any kind, take a look at all the recalls in the run of a one year time span.

    But away from that argument, these projects are great and I am pumped to try the wipe case, and stroller case :) And most defiantly the personalized nursery art! Thank you for the inspiration

  10. Kristy G. says:

    Car seat covers from the manufacturer are flame retardant. Can’t say the same about homemade ones. That’s argument enough for me.

  11. Ashley says:

    Whew, you all need to chill! These are nice ideas for handmade gifts, or personal use. There are companies that make carseat covers that fit broad numbers of seats, and I don’t see anyone freaking out at them! You think just because someone has a logo that they can sew any better than someone at a craft fair? Support small business people, think local, and if you don’t like it, don’t make/buy it.

  12. MAMABEAR says:

    Well to the amazing blogger on here who is showing us a great way to spruce things up I say THANK YOU! I get the whole car seat issue and I am glad you posted a disclaimer. I would love to re-cover my car seat and for my specific set up I have been informed that it is not covered. Once again… thank you for your great ideas… i amy minimize the car seat design and re-cover my daughters doll car seat though :D

  13. Rebecca says:

    Wow. I just want to say. If you don’t want to make a car seat cover then don’t. Let the ones of us that want to do so.
    As far as it not being as good. Be quiet. It’s prettier and probably better than when it was new. Has anyone ever seen the craftsmanship on store bought stuff? I would rather get something from someone that doesn’t sew well and I can see “mess ups” (ever though you always say “oh, I was going for that look”) then to have something that was made in a factory somewhere.
    As far as the safety of my child. Of course it is up to me as the Mom! And I don’t think that changing the fabric is going to kill my child. The pattern does not ask us to cut the seat belts off!
    And to the lady that survived in a world when we didn’t have seat belts and other stuff … Good for you! The world was a better place! It should be up to Tge parents and then to the person when they come of age, to decide what they want to do. Not the government. But then that’s I whole new topic. :-)
    I say Way To Go on any Mom that wants to make something better for their child! Can’t wait to see more colors out there!
    (for everyone else. Hush up)

  14. Ada says:

    the manufacture cover are fireproof :-) every body knows that

  15. melissa says:

    I think the car seat cover is a great idea especially for ppl. That can’t afford to buy a new one so Instead use there first child’s one that’s kind of stained. As long as u make sure u use the right fabric and spray it to make sure its fire proof and maybe also make sure the new one is heavy duty and weights the same as the old one you should be good. That’s just an opinion.

  16. katy says:

    You all obviously have way too much time on your hands

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