Introduction: Quick and Easy Car Seat Covers From T-shirts and Other Clothing Items
Do you have a new car and you want to protect the seat?
Do you need to cover up a torn up seat in your beater?
Or do you have leather or vinyl seats that get very hot or very cold?
Well, using just everyday clothing items, you can make your own without sewing! You may still be able to wear them afterwards.
-Old or cheap T-shirts/sweatshirts, polos, henleys, tanks, hoodies, or button up shirts that are big enough to fit your seat. Preferably with side seams, and preferably a mens/unisex but womens and ones w/o side seams work too. There will be more detail later. If you need to find cheap ones, under $10, because you don't have old ones, Old Navy or Aeropostale, or if they're cheap there, a gift shop, will have you covered. It would be better if they had some graphics like printing, embroidery, applique, etc.
-Stitch Ripper and/or scissor
-Car seats you need to cover
This can add some style and individuality to your car. Sweaters may work, but you wouldn't want your granny to see that.
Please note that this is for the backrest only. The seat will require sewing, unless you can come up with idea.
Step 1: Using T-shirts and Sweatshirts
1. Find one that will fit your seat.
2. If necessary, take off the sleeves with your seam ripper.
3. Stretch it over the seat with the front being the side you lean on. Easy as that, and you will be done if you don't have armrests, etc. Embroidery and applique would probably last longer than printing, as it won't fade or crack, However, some threads might come out.
4. If there are armrests and controls, put the shirt up to the seat without putting it on. Note where the armrest, controls, are mounted to pivot or do something. If it has side seams, rip holes in them that are big enough to fit them through with the seam ripper. If not, use scissors to cut holes in there. And then stretch it over, making sure armrest is up, passing it through the hole. After it gets to the bottom, a little nip and tuck around the other stuff will make it a perfectly fit.
5. You're done! Now about the sleeves if you decided to remove. Long sleeves are good armrest covers, while short ones can provide a decent headrest cover by stretching them over the headrest.
Step 2: Using Polo Shirts
Pretty much do the same thing you did with t-shirts. However, what about the collar with buttons?
Anyways, button and unbutton the collar as you desire to add some individuality and style. And make sure the collar stands up around the headrest poles. Isn't this simple?
Step 3: Using Henleys
Henleys=t-shirts with buttons.
Do the same as with a tee, but again, as with polos, button it up how you want to.
Step 4: Using Tank Tops
You don;t need instructions. Just like the tees, but there are no sleeves.
Step 5: Using Hoodies
This gets different. IF you are using a pullover, then pull it over. Rip the side seams/cut holes if there aren't if necessary, and get rid of sleeves if necessary. Again, you can use the sleeves to cover armrests. But, however, these hoodies have a large pocket on the front that can be functional. Simply cut a piece of firm foam into a half-roll that fits inthere for lumbar support.
For zipper hoodies, put it around the back of the seat, and at the front, zip it up. Make the holes in the sides and remove sleeves if necessary. The pockets won;t be functional this time, and the zipper may be uncomfortable to lean on.
For all hoodies, if there is a drawstring, put the hood over the headrest, tighten it, and tie a knot to have a built in headrest cover!
Warning: I don't recommend using school/alumni hoodies!
Also, you might need to find a large size as these can't stretch unless it's Under Armour or something.
Step 6: Using Button-up Shirts
Like zip up hoodies, do similar but you need to button it up instead. And there are collars, so make sure they stand. The buttons, like the zipper, can be discomfort, but to some, it can feel like a nice little massage to the back.
Step 7: Go Ahead and Do It for Yourselves!
Never drop a fortune on seat covers again.
Feel free to share any ideas for the seating part and the back seat!