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Left, Right - Directional Driving Aid (Funny Useful Gift)

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Someone once complimented my driving skills, but the second after mentioned how terrible my sense of direction is.  As the usual designated driver, I have to be more competent than my inebriated friends. 

"LEFT, RIGHT, NO YOUR OTHER LEFT..." is something I usually hear and I've gotten used to being teased.  I must add that I'm left handed, so I've always given the excuse that my left is MY RIGHT...and so on (JOKINGLY of course).  So, I was thinking that I could find my own solution, and I came up with this nifty aid.  I mean, directionally challenged can only be funny the first 4 times, then it really is a problem. 

This is a way of me poking fun of the situation and solving the problem.  I mean no offense to anyone and I hope you all find this as nifty as I do.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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You will need:

A Ruler
Velcro strips
A piece of fabric larger than 6"x4"
Needle and Thread
White acrylic paint
hot glue

Step 2: Measure and cut

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Measure 9 inches of fabric, to be cut in half.
The length of the fabric will be 6 by 5 1/2.

Cut the fabric to create two identical pieces.

Step 3: Fold, font, and draw

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Fold  the fabric along the shorter approximately an 1 1/4 from the sides.  You will be left with 2 inches of fabric facing up in width and 6 inches in length.  Pin this down to keep the fabric from losing it's shape.

Select your favorite font.

Draw on your fabric with a sharpie.

Step 4: Paint, sew a decorative line, add velcro, and hot glue.

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Carefully paint the sharpie drawings with acrylic paints.  Decorate with splotches of paint...if you would like.  Finally sew a decorative dashed line about 1/4" away from top side of the letter fabric edge.  Sew a similar line approximately the same distance from the bottom edge of the letter. 
Add a piece of velcro at the top, below the line.

Add velcro to the bottom of the front side. 

Glue gun the edges in.  And seal the back edge with a small strip of glue.

Step 5: Put on your steering wheel.

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Place the velcro in any fashion that works with your steering wheel.

GO OUT AND DRIVE!!!
framistan2 years ago
My wife is directionally challenged. My wife is also left handed. Thank you for helping me to have some understanding of her situation. I always knew she is not "stupid". It has been a mystery to me why someone doesn't know their left from their right. I like your instructable... and i am very tempted to affix these to her steering wheel.... No.. maybe i better not.
atepinkrose (author)  framistan2 years ago
btw, my husband thought it was funny...he said, "I knew you said you were going to do this, but I didn't really believe you."
atepinkrose (author)  framistan2 years ago
well only if she see it the way I do. It helps me. :)