How to Create Your Own Sun Shades

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How to Create Your Own Sun Shades
A car seat sunshade protects baby from sun, wind and other elements (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Carrying a baby outside the car in a car seat can pose some challenges. The child can be exposed to pounding sun, wind, light and noise. There are various types of shades available from car seat manufacturers, but they can be expensive. Making your own baby sunshade for a car seat is an inexpensive solution. The choice of fabrics is endless. Make a sunshade from light, airy fabric or use a darker colour for more shade and privacy. A sunshade for a baby's car seat also makes an excellent gift.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Fabric, 2 square yards
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Dinner plate
  • Velcro
  • Tailor chalk
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine

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  1. 1

    Lay fabric on a flat surface. You will need two separate pieces of fabric, each 1 yard square. Place one of the two pieces of fabric on top of the second piece of fabric, matching the edges perfectly, with the printed sides together. Measure 5 inches from one end of the fabric. Mark this measurement and cut directly across the fabric width using the marks as a guide. Set these two pieces aside. They will be used later to make straps.

  2. 2

    Place a dinner plate on the remaining fabric in an upside down position. Move the plate to the corner of the fabric until the plate edges line up with the fabric edges. Cut the excess corner of the fabric extending out from under the plate. You are creating a rounded edge on your material. Repeat this process on the remaining three corners.

  3. 3

    Sew around the perimeter of the two pieces 1/4 inch from the fabric edge. Leave a small opening to turn the shade inside-out and expose the printed sides of the fabric.

  4. 4

    Pull the fabric through the small opening you have left in Step 3. Seal the small opening by hand stitching this closed. Press the stitched fabric pieces, using a hot steam iron, until the seams and fabric are flat and smooth.

  5. 5

    Take the two 5-inch wide pieces of fabric you set aside in Step 1. Fold them in half, lengthwise, with the printed sides together. Sew around the fabric perimeter 1/4 inch from the edge, leaving a small opening to pull the material through to expose the right sides of the fabric. Pull the fabric through the opening and press flat. Close the small opening by hand stitching. These will be used as straps to attach to the car seat handle.

  6. 6

    Place the baby sunshade over the car seat. Since each brand of car seat has slightly different dimensions, you will need to determine where the fabric handles need to be placed on the sunshade in order to wrap around the car seat handle. Once you have determined the best location for the fabric handles, use straight pins to temporarily attach the fabric handle pieces to the baby sunshade.

  7. 7

    Machine sew the straps onto the baby sunshade cover. Stitch Velcro on the edges of the straps for easy attachment and removal from the car seat handle.

Tips and warnings

  • Make a reversible baby shade cover by using different fabric prints for the two sides of your sunshade.

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