I hate winter, not for the reasons you may think though. I have as you know kids, and with kids come bulky coats that you have to put on them to take them to the car and then take off them when they get to the car so that you can buckle them into their car seats. It is a pain to say the least, and I hate that they have to wear a coat for 5 minutes to take it off again so that they can get buckled in.
LP goes to school, so he gets up and gets dressed in the mornings, so often I don’t have the energy to get to TB dressed, he fights it so it is just easier for me to take him in his jammies. I was carrying him in a blanked some, but they are hard to wrap properly and drag some. I had heard of the car seat poncho before, and thought it was more of a little girl thing. I looked on Pinterest and found one that is actually for boys!
I already had the marvel comics fleece fabric so I just needed an interior fabric to make it nice and toasty!
You start by measuring how long you want the poncho to be on your child and cut the fabric so that it makes a circle. Fold it into fourths and measure from the corner across the fabric, then connect your lines and cut on them, this will make a circular pattern. Repeat with the other fleece.
Then you can use a CD or DVD to make the head hole just put part of the CD on the top and cut along it. I used another hoodie to make the hood patterns, you need 2 of each color.
After that you can use your sewing machine or your serger to attach the hood pieces together, then connect the hood pieces to each of the circular ponchos. When you have done that you need to put one of the ponchos inside the other so that the outer fleece is right side out and the inner fleece is right side in, this part was hard and I will admit I actually had to cut the surged pieces off of TB’s poncho (his head hole actually wound up being to big because of this). Then sew it together, I used my surger and when I get some bias tape I am going to use that to cover the surger stitches.
TB calls it his dancing coat and loves it, it makes getting him into the car much easier and he doesn’t have to take it off for me to buckle him in, although it usually winds up off, like his shoes and socks when he wears them .