Monday, June 22, 2009

Seat Belt Cover Tutorial and Giveaway!!


One of my sweet Twitter friends, The Brassy Apple, has the best blog! She is doing these summer challenges and I just HAD to join in on this one! I've been wanting to make my kids some seat belt covers for some time. They are always complaining about the belts rubbing their necks. Heck, I even complain about it rubbing mine! I will be making myself one soon ;) So for this challenge, I decided to show you how I made mine. Please use this tutorial for personal use only. Thank you!

This tutorial will make 1 8X10 seat belt cover. This size is perfect for small children.

Supplies Needed...
2 8X10 fabric pieces
1 8X10 Fusible Fleece interfacing
Bias tape
Velcro
Thread, scissors, pins

STEP 1...
Cut 2 8X10 pieces of fabric and 1 8X10 piece of fleece interfacing.
Layer them, fabric right side up, fleece, fabric right side down. See
image A for example.

STEP 2...
Iron all pieces together to fuse the fleece interfacing to the fabric. See image B for example.

STEP 3...
I like to quilt all pieces together to keep them together. This will make the cover hold together well for use. You can stitch your lines or pattern however you want. I like to do straight lines either vertical or horizontal for my designs. See image C for example.

STEP 4...
Now it's time to add your bias tape trip. If you look closely at image D, you can see that bias tape is made where the bottom side is a little wider. This works great for when you stitch it in place. It always catches the underside of the tape. Works perfectly!

STEP 4 continued...
Go ahead and pin your bias tape in place. I like to do mitered corners when I use bias tape. To see examples of how to apply it, go HERE. I didn't do mitered corners on this cover. I just added it to both sides and then added it to top and bottom.

STEP 4 continued...
When you get to the ends, you will want to tuck under a 1/2" or so of the bias tape. This just keeps the end from unraveling. See image F for an example of how I do this. Now you need to go ahead and stitch the bias tape in place. Make sure you use the same color top thread and bobbin thread.



STEP 5...

It's time to add your velcro. You can cut these pieces as big as you like them. Mine were 2.5". Measure where you want it placed and stitch it around the edges. Make sure the velcro matches up when the cover is folded before you stitch it in place. See image H for an example.

That's it! You're all done! Please email me with any questions!! I hope this was easy to understand :)




Now for the GIVEAWAY portion of my tutorial :) Some lucky poster is going to win a pair of these seat belt covers made by me. All you need to do is follow 1 or more of the steps below. The more steps you do, the bigger chance of winning :)

1. Go to my ETSY SHOP and have a look. Come back here and tell me what your favorite item is. This will give you 1 entry.

2. Buy something out of my ETSY SHOP and you get 5 entries. Please make sure to come back here and tell me if you did buy something.

3. Follow me on TWITTER and receive 2 entries. Again, please let me know you did this and what your twitter id is. After you follow me, TWEET about my giveaway and get an additional 2 entries.

4. Post my giveaway on your BLOG, link back to my contest and get 3 entries. Please post the link to where you blogged about it.

Contest will end June 29th. I will use my hat name generator to randomly draw a winning name from your posts.

Even if you don't want to enter the contest, I would still LOVE to know how you liked my tutorial :)

GOOD LUCK and thanks for playing along!

35 comments:

nufdoog*kids said...

Hard to choose a favorite -
probably
Twilight Girl's Woman's t-shirt

Missy said...

hmmm...everything is adorable but I have to pick the ooga booga 3 pc set. A to the D to the orable!

Laurie said...

OH I thought your tutorial was great! I am going to give it a whirl!

You know I love everything you make!!!

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

Oh wow! I need some of these for my princess. She is always complaining about the seatbelt bothering her.

(That ladybug print would be PERFECT too since we call her Buggy!)

My favorite item in your shop is the Red Aqua Patchwork Portfolio Notebook.

Cute stuff!

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

I am following you on twitter!

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

psst....posted this on twitter too!

http://twitter.com/trendytykes/status/2286857910

Jenna said...

AWESOME idea, we definately need some of these!!!

ok so I think I will try to win versus try to make..lol

I will be back with all the different ways to enter :)

Anonymous said...

I like the Twilight tee best!!! Tam

Jenna said...

following you on Twitter
divandudesmom

:)

Jenna said...

here is my tweet :)
http://twitter.com/divandudesmom/statuses/2288404360

Jenna said...

ohh and I still love the Twilight tee you made Peyton!!!

Jenna said...

Yes, I blogged about it too :)

http://baseballs-n-babydolls.blogspot.com/2009/06/giveaway_22.html

Cassandra said...

I think those seat belt cover are a GREAT idea!! I love the lady bug one in your etsy shop, but my 4 yr old daughter loves the rock star tee because she likes the star :)

JC said...

I love the Handmade Red Damask Portfolio Notebook!

itsonlyjc AT hotmail DOT com

The Perfect Trio said...

i've never read or seen twilight but i love your shirt!!!

i already own one of your portfolios and i use it everyday!!! every girl should have one!!

jakemelissajakea@aol.com

The Perfect Trio said...

i'm now a follower on twitter!

jakemelissajakea@aol.com

The Perfect Trio said...

i tweeted about it too.....but i have no idea how to show you....i promise i did!

jakemelissajakea@aol.com

Tracy said...

You ladies are the BEST! Thank you all soooo much!

Tracy said...

Tracy!! I love the little infant sets for boys! Especially the ooga booga set! And of course I love your notebook covers too! I will post your giveaway on my BLOG later today, :) ~Tracy

P.S. I already follow you :)

Mary Elizabeth said...

OK ... I got you on Twitter now
I want the Red Damask Portfolio Case and would love a matching red I pod case like shown on that page. :)

Tracy said...

Thank you sweet Tracy!

Mary Elizabeth, what is your twitter id? Do you want to buy the notebook and Ipod case? If you do, feel free to email me at tracye4ou@cox.net :) Thanks so much!

InspireMe Crafts said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

Alrighty. I blogged.

http://jennaclaireboutique.blogspot.com/

Karen said...

I love the red and black portfolio!

Erin W said...

Tracy this is a great idea!!! My girlies could use these! I love your notebooks in your shop- esp the red & turquoise one- too cute!!!

Tracy Rogers said...

Just posted on my blog and Sugars blog!! HUGS to you Tracy!!! :)

pinksarahh said...

I love your Peace Diaper Shirt and the ROCK one too!

pinksarahh said...

Following you on Twitter!

pinksarahh said...

Tweeted your giveaway!
(pinksarahh)

Adrienne said...

I love your belt covers Tracy what a cute idea!

Kathy said...

My Fav would have to be the baby rock shirt!! too cute

Treasuresofjoy said...

Boutique Handmade Red Aqua Patchwork Portfolio Notebook
This is from your shop and I love it!!
This is a great tutorial and I want to make one for me. My daughter would love it too I am sure!! Thanks for taking the time to do it!

Anonymous said...

I so love this tutorial, I have been dying to make seat belt covers for my car but haven't had the time. It has a definite place on my to do list, but now I don't have to spend the time figuring it out for myself. Thank you!!!!!!

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