A few weeks ago, IKEA’s Polarvide Throws were on sale for $1.99. This 51″ x 67″ fleece blanket is regularly $5.99, but the chartreuse ones were discounted. At once my favourite shade of green and a sweet deal, I snagged a couple and decided I’d figure out what to do with them later.
At first I was just going to keep them in the car as lap blankets. But then I got to thinking … I can’t sew, but I can operate scissors … couldn’t I turn these blankets into car seat ponchos? A car seat poncho is simply a wearable blanket, after all! Using a car seat poncho over a warm but thin base layer is a great way to avoid buckling your child into her seat in her winter coat. Here’s how to make one with a pair of scissors and a fleece blanket.
Fold the blanket in half and trace the neck opening using the edge of a plate or bowl. Start small. You can always cut the opening larger if needed. The opening I cut is perfect for me, but it’s a bit big for my preschooler. With the blanket still folded in half, cut out the semi-circle you traced. And … umm… that’s kind of all there is to it.
I used the entire blanket to make a poncho for my four year old: it covers his legs and arms perfectly. I cut the blanket in half to make a mini version for my sixteen month old! If your kids are wee and you find the Polarvide blanket for $1.99, you get two ponchos for two bucks!In the car, Little Miss wears her MEC Cocoon jacket, which is a compressible jacket that allows the straps to be properly tightened to keep her safe and warm. I can carry her out to the car with her new poncho on to shield her from the elements, then lift the back of the poncho up and over her seat so it won’t interfere with her car seat straps. I find if I just put a blanket on her, it falls off, so the poncho is a great solution. Naturally, you can choose a thicker fleece blanket or even use two layers of blanket if you need something warmer!
Made out of a $2 blanket, this poncho is great for other purposes too—around the campfire, at soccer games or at the hockey rink—basically anywhere you wish you could be wearing a blanket.
What are your tips for keeping kids warm in the car seat?