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Sunlight and heat rotted the fabric on my old beater's sunvisors so the velour peeled away like skin on a zombie, revealing crumbling foam and fiberboard underneath. I had to do something about this, since it was literally in my face when I drove.

I didn't care if it looked original or not--it's not like I'm restoring a classic car--so I decided to use craft felt instead of automotive fabric to save money. To save time, I decided to stitch the felt around the edges with a blanket stitch instead of trying to reverse-engineer the original construction.

The materials cost me just over $2, and the project took about 3 hours including buying materials.

Even if your sunvisors aren't falling apart, you could use this method to add some color or even customize your sunvisors with appliques or glued-on felt designs or letters.

I made this at TechShop San Jose (www.techshop.ws).
 
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Step 1: Purchase materials and gather supplies

For this project, you will need:

Materials:
72" wide craft felt (Measure the depth of your sunvisor, double that amount, and round up a few inches; mine took 1/2 yard) (1/2 x $4.99/yd)
1-2 packets coordinating embroidery floss (mine used slightly less than 1 packet, but your sunvisors may be larger or your stitches closer together) ($0.39 each)

Supplies:
Pen (for marking fabric)
Scissors
Embroidery needle
A few pins
Screwdriver (to remove/replace sunvisors; check your car, mine needed a Phillips head)
Madeaj5 months ago

Hmmm, decorate the covers. I might put on some giant goggly eyes with felt eye lids.

Madeaj5 months ago

WOW! This is just what I need. I'm going to do this to my car next week. Thanks. I'm a sewer and the blanket stitch is a good one to use for a project like this. Question: Did you just cover over the mirror or did you find some way to make a cut out?

shims_bro1 year ago
Why didnt you turn them inside out to hide the seam? Appreciate the instructable but those seams look very diy.
SplendidColors (author)  shims_bro1 year ago
The short version? I'm lazy for things like this. Given what the rest of the car looks like, this is way too fancy already for that car.

The long version? Stitching the fabric around the old sunvisor like that allowed me to fit it more tightly than trying to make a slipcover loose enough to slide on over the old fabric and then use hidden stitching for the open end. The seams would've made an obvious ridge under the fabric on one side or the other, and sunvisors don't have a hidden side like the back of the couch.

Blanket stitching is a legitimate decorative method, and although my stitching is a bit uneven, at least it hides the raw fabric edges. If it doesn't suit your taste, feel free to experiment--felt is cheap.
Smart idea! I'll show this instructable around to a couple of friends; they definitely need this in their life.

Also, have you found a way to replace the ceiling of your car with felt or another material (if that's been a problem for you in the past)? I've seen too many droopy car ceilings recently, and I'd like to help those friends out too.

Thanks for sharing!

GM
SplendidColors (author)  GorillazMiko1 year ago
Thank you!

Yes, my headliner is falling down too. This looks like a bigger project, because I'd have to scrape off the old rotten foam and adhesive first. I'm not sure what type of adhesive I'd use. Heavy duty double-stick tape is tempting because it wouldn't drip or make fumes, but I don't know how well it would stick after the sun heats the roof of my car. I imagine it would take a LOT of expensive tape, so I'd probably try a sample inside the trunk lid first.

--Kathryn
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