If you want to be a little extra or maybe you just want to have a little bit of comfort while driving, car seat covers will do the trick. Now only will it make you comfortable, but it will also give a different feature in your car. It is also good for the seats since the cover will protect the original upholstery from any damages or scratches.
The downside is, it can be very expensive to have it customized. If you are willing to pay a hefty amount, then to have it professionally done is your answer. However, you can stitch up and personalized your seat covers. This is also the best time to be creative. All you need is the sewing material, a little bit of patience, and some simple instructions.
Step 1. Go get that measuring tape
Start by measuring everything. Measure the seats of the car you want to cover. Find a tape measure and some pen and paper. Then, measure each dimension of the seat. Make sure to take note of the measurements. Put the label to avoid confusion. This part must be done meticulously. Once the numbers are incorrect, your car seat covers may not fit well.
Step 2. Shop and take your pick
Maybe this is one of the fun parts. Choose and buy fabrics at the store. The kind of fabric will solely depend on you and your preference. You can use the silky ones, or the cotton as there is no formula for this. Fabrics with designs and bright colors are good too to have that nice accent in your car’s interior.
Take note of the measurements, and from there, estimate how much fabric you need to buy. It is also safer to buy some extra inches in case mistakes come your way.
One important detail to take note of the washing instructions on the fabric. It’s easier to find one which is fine for a machine wash. If you are not a pro in sewing, choose an easier fabric to handle.
Step 3. Get ready to do the cutting
Now that you have all the fabric you need for your car seats, start by getting the measuring tape and your notes. Measure the fabric using the measurements and prepare to cut them. To ensure a more reliable result, you can use a tailor’s chalk or a pencil to mark the measurements before cutting them. There’s no need to have it perfectly shaped. This is just the first step, and you will make the necessary adjustments later.
Step 4. Measure and be extra sure
Take the cut pieces and mold them in your car’s seat. This is to check if everything will fit well. Take the pins with you and attach the pieces. Once you have it well fitted, you can get the scissor and cut the extra cloths or use the tailor’s chalk to mark them. Do whatever is more convenient for you. Remember to leave an inch for the stitching. Make sure to also mark the spot where the seat belt gets through.
Step 5. Get the needles working
After making sure the fabric fits right, it is now the time to sew everything in place. If you have a sewing machine, then this job is easier for you. If you don’t, then you’ll have to do it by hand. This would be a nice way for you to kill time and sit on the couch.
If you have made lines using the tailor’s chalk, then all you need to do is to follow it. It is also recommendable to have double stitching so it won’t be easier to get ripped or damaged.
After sewing, you can wash the seat covers and iron them afterward.
If you don’t have the time and the energy to sew a whole seat cover, you can make a plain one. Think of it as an apron to your seat. All you need to do is measure a cloth that first your car’s seat length. Sew the sides for some finishing touches. Add a string on top wide enough for the headrest. Then you’re done.
Making car seats on your own gives you the freedom to do whatever you want with your car seat. It also helps you save money without compromising a good quality car seat. Soon, your efforts will be paid once you see your output. Have as much fun in creating your car seats.