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Sewing a Steering Wheel Cover (aka: swimsuit elastic practice)

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The interior of my car is black and I'm sure you can guess how hot  black vinyl become in the summer sun!  My first thought was to drive with oven mitts on, but a steering wheel cover seemed like a better idea... and it's great  elastic application practice for those of you who wish to make your own swimsuit or underwear.  The technique is the same but mistakes are less of an issue.

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Step 1: What you need:

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- 5" x 60" strip of fabric - avoid heavyweight fabric like upholstery, velvet, outdoor vinyl...
- Dimensional (Puff) paint, preferably that matches your steering wheel or a strip of a non-skid mat fabric to go under the steering wheel cover
- 60" of 1/4" elastic - avoid clearance elastic because it doesn't stretch well
- Thread
- Measuring tape
- Pins
- Pen or pencil

Step 2: Make the pattern:

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Measure around the circumference of the steering wheel and add 1".  (mine is 46 1/2" + 1" = 47 1/2").  The extra inch is the seam allowance.  

Cut your fabric 5" wide by the measurement you just calculated.
Cut 2 pieces of 30" elastic.

Step 3: Safety first!:

Option 1: Lay out your fabric face down and paint the back with some puff paint.  Do a better job than I did.  For the picture, I didn't put enough paint because I wanted it to dry faster.  It doesn't have to be pretty, no one will see it.  The paint will help prevent the cover from slipping around and in an emergency, that's probably a good thing : )

Let the paint dry before proceeding to the next step.

Option 2: If you're using the non skid fabric, cut a 2" strip and make sure it's long enough to go around your steering wheel.  Sew the short ends together (most likely by hand) to make a ring.  Put aside until the end.