This is something I have been working on for a lonnnnggg time. I don’t know about your kids, but mine leaves a crumbly little mess in his car seat. He uses all of the nooks and cranny’s of the seat to stash his cheerios/pretzels for later. The other day we noticed him licking his index finger over and over again. We thought, “what is that child doing?” Then, we realized he was sticking his finger in the corner of the seat to get the crumbs stuck to it so he could eat them. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry: laugh because he thought of something so crafty, or cry because I let him sit in a seat with crumbs in the cranny’s.
The messy seat is pretty embarrassing, but it is so annoying to get the cover off that we never do it. I realized we needed something that could just slip over the original seat cover that we could remove easily for washing.
So here is the original in all it’s glory with cheerios hiding in the little slits by the bottom buckle…
This project took me forever, but it wasn’t really difficult to do! However, I decided not to try to make a tutorial because I was really making it up as I went. This could have turned into a waste of fabric very quickly.
All I did was:
~ cut my fabric into an oval shape by laying it out flat and rounding out the corners. (using about 1 1/4 yards)
~ placed fabric right sides together and sewed around the edge, leaving a slit for turning fabric out.
~ turn fabric right side out and sew around the edge again (this time about 1″ inward from the edge)
~ now you have a channel for the elastic. lace your elastic and cut it to the right length depending on your car seat size.
~ last, I cut slits where the seat belt straps and bottom buckle go and added some bias tape to keep them from fraying.
*Note: Although you can’t really see in the pictures, the slits for the seat belt straps go down the length of the strap so they can just pull right through. This makes is super easy to take the cover on and off. You don’t have to do all the work of taking the seat belt’s off from the back to lace them through!