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My dog recently began to ride in my car a lot when I take her for walks and short trips around town. As a result, the back seat of my car has been getting a bit hairier! I looked online at some car seat covers. The ones that got the better reviews could cost up to $100 or more! I figured I could make my own, have a custom design, save some $$!
The good thing about making a hammock style is that if you have any sudden stops, it keeps from from falling into the floor and possibly hurting them! It can also keep them from jumping into the front seat, thankfully Roxie doesn’t do that!
What You Will Need
- Measuring Tape
- Sewing Machine/Thread/Pins
- 2 Yards Cotton Twill Fabric, Duck, or Canvas
- 2 Yards Fleece Fabric
- 3 Yards 1″ Cotton Strapping
- 4 1″ Plastic Buckles
1. First measure the width and length of the back seat of your car. The width of mine was 48″. I decided to make this car seat cover as a ‘hammock’, so I was going to make it 70″ in length. This meant I needed 2 yards of fleece and twill fabrics that came in 54″ width. If you don’t make it hammock style, determine how much fabric you will need to fit your seat. You will also only need half the amount of cotton strapping and only 2 plastic buckles.
2. Wash and dry your all of your fabric and strapping
3. Flatten out the twill fabric and center the fleece on top to leave at least a 2″ boarder of twill around the fleece. Trim the fleece and twill to this layout. Make sure both pieces are nice and flat. This is probably the hardest step to do! I found it’s easier to drape over an ironing board. Pin together.
4. Fold over the twill on itself to make a 1″ border around the fleece. Then fold the will again to fold over the fleece. This acts as the binding. Pin. You could also buy bias tape to sew on the edges, which might be a little easier, but adds expense.
5. At the corners, make a quilting corner. Take the point of the twill and fold over like a triangle. Then fold over the twill on the edges like you did before.
6. Sew with 1/4″ seam around the binding!
7. Remove all pins. Cut the fabric left in the quilting corner.
8. Now for the strapping. Cut your 3 yards of strapping into 4 equal pieces.
9. Determine where you want to put the straps by pinning them where the headrests are in your backseat. Pin them to the back of the seat cover, on the twill.
10. Starting on the left side of the strapping, sew with a zig-zag stitch downward, then reverse the stitch, sew backwards, then sew forwards again. That means you stitched over it three times. Continue like this on each side. This will also keep the strapping from fraying. Do this 8 times, for all 4 straps.
11. Even up each half of one of the four straps and cut the strap in two. Each of these sides will be threaded with a buckle piece.
12. This is a good time to test the seat cover in your car again so you can determine where the buckles should be placed on the straps.
13. Take the strapping and thread through the ‘claw’ piece of the buckle. Fold over the end of the strapping and sew it with a zig-zag stitch again to keep the ‘claw’ from coming off.
It cost me about $28 to make the seat cover, of course everything I got was on sale. Not bad for what I saved, and it didn’t take too much time.