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Thread: car seat cover

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    car seat cover

    there is a spot on the driver side that is worn and a piece of metal is starting to come threw. I was wondering if anyone has ever made a seat cover for the front seat of the car. I have googled my brain out and all I get is for baby seats. I just thought it would be so different to make one from different quilt patterns. Sorry for the spelling I'm tired.

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    hmmmm... interesting idea! thinking about how to attach the cover to the seat... maybe use velcro or elastic. in either case, it would have to fit tightly. thus, your seams in the quilt blocks should be sewn well so they don't come apart. also, the seat gets lots of wear 'n tear from sliding in and out of the seat. i think regular quilter's cotton would wear out quickly. i'd love to see a successful outcome to your project... then i'd think about doing that as well, just to have another place to show that i'm a quilter
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    do a search for How to Make Car seat covers. you might come upon some info or some tutes.

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    Why not try it out first using an old cutter quilt... A lot less work, and you can perfect your fitting technique..

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    show your finished idea for repair may have to do something like that in future
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    why not check with an auto salvage shop and get a different seat? The metal that is currently wearing on your rear will wear through a car seat in nothing flat unless you cover it with foam and leather or something just as durable.
    If no one ever experimented we'd all still be making 4 patches.

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    Mine needed replacing at one point so I price compared. By the time I bought upholstery fabric and the padding and heavy thread and my labor hours, it was less expensive than having it done by an upholsterer with the same fabric as the manufacturer installed. It was beautiful.

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    There is a tutorial online somewhere that teaches how to recover bucket seats. It even shows how to put new foam in it. Cant remember where I saw it but I know I googled it.

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    Cheaper to have it re-done by professionals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdahoSandy View Post
    Cheaper to have it re-done by professionals.
    Yeah, but where's the fun in that? My wife's 20 year old Honda had the upholstery and foam worn away from the driver's side car seat where she rubs against it when getting in. (And after only 20 years!) I bought a pattern from McCalls (I think) and used it as a guide to make a new one out of denim.

    The cover for the seatback is a narrow bag with a tongue or tab that continues from the front, through the gap between the seatback and seatbottom, and attaches to the back of the seatback. I just made two large buttonholes in the tongue and put large buttons (what else?) on the back of the seatback. The seatbottom is another bag, with a drawstring, pulled tight in the back, or (if you can) laced underneath the seat. I also sewed a couple of layers of batting inside the seatback cover, where the worn foam was.

    I'll post a photo and, yes, it doesn't look the greatest. But did I mention that it is a TWENTY year old Honda? I should have pulled the wrinkles out of the seat for the photo.

    I wish I had thought to make the part of the cover you sit on out of a quilt pattern. My wife would have loved that.

    Tate

    P.S. The striped box with a hole in it was another handmade present to my wife. It's a cupholder - twenty years ago they didn't have those in cars. And the ones that clip to the window don't work in her car.

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    I buy stretchy fake fur, cut a newspaper pattern, then cut out the fur with large seam allowances. I make a casing and run good elastic through the casing and pull it tight. The covers usually fit like a glove and they wear like iron. I have made covers for all but 1 of our past cars.

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    Some years ago I made terry seatcovers for my car, and they felt and looked so much nicer than the vinyl seats. I measured the widest part of the seatbacks, all around, then bought on sale towels that were at least 2" wider. Draped a towel over the seatback, making sure I had a few inches to tuck into the bottom; pinned together to make a fitted envelope, then sewed that seam and turned inside out. For the seat decks I folded a towel in half for longer wear and extra cushioning, measured for where to add elastic, and sewed on a piece long enough to fit below the cushion. Added cloth tabs with a large hook and eye to go around the back of the seat to hold it on. They lasted several years, and easily came off for washing. I did not trim the extra fabric from the seams to avoid loose terry crumbs. Towels were less costly than yardage, easier to work with, and came in colors to match or coordinate with car interior.

    I made another set using two towels for the seatback, so could use narrower towels and also have the "envelope" extend all the way down the back; it stayed in place better and cost no more because of the smaller size/cheaper towels.
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    I'd use denim or upholstery scraps....would be a bit more durable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    do a search for How to Make Car seat covers. you might come upon some info or some tutes.
    Just a FYI if you do a search and you get something you definitely want to rule out (like baby seat covers)you would put a minus sign in front of what you are trying to avoid.

    "How to Make Car seat covers-baby"

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    Hope you share what you come up with when you make them.

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