Monday, June 22, 2009
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.
2 8X10 fabric pieces
1 8X10 Fusible Fleece interfacing
Thread, scissors, pins
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.
Iron all pieces together to fuse the fleece interfacing to the fabric. See image B for example.
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.
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.
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!
Posted by Tracy at Monday, June 22, 2009