I am still completely in love with the Nissan Leaf I got a few months ago, and I do my best to keep it nice and clean. That means I hate to get in it if my clothes are dirty, wet, or stinky, because I don’t want to mess up that spotless upholstery! I decided to make some removable car seat covers for times when I need to protect the seats. This was a super easy and fast sewing project.
To make these seat covers, you only need to take one measurement, and that’s around the fattest part of the headrest. You’ll need this measurement to make sure you make a hole that will fit over the headrest later.
For the materials, you need a beach towel and a vinyl tablecloth. The towel is great for soaking up any water or sweat, and it will be comfy to sit on. The vinyl tablecloth will be used as a liner on the back, to keep the moisture from seeping through to the seats. Don’t bother to get a really nice tablecloth for this, either. The thin, cheap ones will actually be more comfortable to sit on, easier to sew, and easier to fold up when not in use.
The first thing to do is make the hole for the headrest. Put the towel face down on the table and measure 10 inches from the end and make a mark. Then measure the width of the towel, divide in half, and mark the center, forming an X where the two marks meet.
Divide your headrest measurement in half (mine was 26 inches, so half of that is 13 inches) and draw a line that long, centered on the X.
Cut along the line, creating an opening.
Lay the tablecloth out on the floor and put your towel on top. Make it all nice and smooth, then cut the tablecloth so it’s about 1″ bigger than the towel on all sides.
Put the towel and tablecloth wrong sides together, and fold the edge of the tablecloth in a half inch or so.
Line the edge up with the towel and pin in place. Do this on all four sides of the towel, then use the sewing machine to sew the edges together.
When you’ve sewn all around, you’ll have a single piece with towel on one side and vinyl on the other.
You’ve still got to close up that hole, though. Use some pins to hold the towel in place around the area you cut, then use the sewing machine to sew two rows of stitches around the hole.
Finally, use your scissors to cut the tablecloth along the slit, trimming away any excess. If you want to get fancy here, you could encase the edge with some ribbon or bias tape, but I decided to keep it simple.
To put the cover on the seat, just slip it over the headrest and down onto the seat back.
A quick straightening and smoothing of the rest of the towel and you’re all set!
The cover comes off just as quickly as it goes on, and you can fold it up and stick in the trunk for when you need it. The vinyl backing also makes this a great waterproof blanket for a picnic, play date at the park, or a stint on the sidelines at the soccer field. And the whole thing is machine washable! (Probably best to line dry, though, so the vinyl doesn’t melt.)
I liked this seat cover so much that I just had to make another one for the other seat. Now I’m all set for summer!