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« on: April 07, 2009 05:39:59 PM »

On Sunday, I decided to stop settling for something that wasn't "me" and attend to a long-standing minor annoyance in my life. I had these cheap car seat covers that didn't stay on the seat right and honestly did not match my car very well. I looked all over for handmade ones and didn't have much success. I looked at various stores and balked at paying $20-$40 each for something that was either mind-numbingly plain or overly cartoony or wandering into the macho/bad ass zone. $60 in materials later and some time investment to figure out the engineering plus the great tutorial http://www.instructables.com/id/Car-Seat-Covers!/ I found on Instructables, I now have these perfectly awesome car seat covers to compliment my car.

I used the old covers as a pattern and went from there. The other is on my sewing room floor and will get put together this week. The first one took about 3-4 hours but now I have figured out the tougher bits, I think #2 will go together in an hour or less.


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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2009 06:44:40 PM »

so you're saying no to Hello Kitty car seat covers? LOL!
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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2009 06:50:05 PM »

This is totally brilliant.  I hate the seat cover options that are readily available.  They are either made for the 16 year old with their first car or fit the seat so poorly it would be more aggravating to have them.  I am sooooo wisting this! 
PS---the seat covers look great...love the fabric choices!
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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2009 07:38:51 PM »

Look at you go!  That's great!  Are the machine washable, too? 

There are so few options for seat covers that I've been sitting on a 14 year old pickup seat with all the stains that go with that rather than commit any money at all to something I don't feel right about.  Maybe now I'll make poor old Bert presentable on the inside.

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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2009 08:25:44 PM »

The way these are made.. probably not machine washable. There is quilt batting under the two red sections. It's quilted, but not lined. If you did line them before you quilted them, then yes, the covers would be washable.

These are made from 2 off the shelf better quality cotton fabrics from Joann etc (I bought 4 yards of each one. I felt it was better to have MORE fabric than not enough in case I needed to make it twice), plus 4 yards of $3 a yard stretch black lycra, 2 packages (1 per seat) of .5 inch elastic and the warm and white quilt batting (about 2 packages of the small craft size - which was just what I had on hand. you could use whatever cotton or very flat batting you wanted) I reused the little bits of PVC pipe that was in the old seat covers. Just made a pocket to hold it so it can be tucked down in teh seat to keep the covers in place. These ones go all the way down the back of the seat. The old ones were just half way down.

I am putting together number two tonight.

and you're right.. they are all made for people with less than "refined" taste or 16 year olds Smiley


« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2009 09:09:39 PM »

They look great!

I bet your stitching will hold together much better as well. So many car seat overs are sewn together so crappily that they just fall apart again quickly. 
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2009 09:51:09 PM »

here's cover #2 all assembled from the front...

and the back. See the little pocket for the retension pole?

and now my car is stylin'!

The fit is not perfect, but the old cover I used as a pattern never had a very good fit either. I am happy with my first attempt at this and can't get over how cool the black and white dots look down the sides. Now I have visions of dash board pads and a back seat cover for at least the lower part of the seat.

« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2009 03:25:31 PM »

They look great! I had a really hard time finding seat covers I liked that wouldn't leave me broke, so I settled on some that I wasn't in love with, and that don't really fit my car seats to cover the last owner's cigarette burns. Yours are fab, and it looks like they fit perfectly. Thanks for the Instructables link, I'll have to give it a try sometime.

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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2009 12:30:19 AM »

I love the patterns you used!! *tentative dumb question* BUT what type of material did you use? like spandex? (material ignorant - cotton is as bad as I get)

« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2010 08:47:51 PM »

Your post inspired me this weekend!
I pulled out some scraps of upholstery fabric I had and made seat covers for my truck this weekend.
Not bad for a first attempt and I'm already planning refinements for my next round or even one
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