Make your own Car Seat Back Cover to keep the back of your seats clean and footprint free! Perfect for winter!
*Edited to Add: apparently this photo is confusing people on pinterest and generating quite a few comments. Just so everyone knows, O only put his feet on the seat back for this photo. Please be advised, the primary point of the seat protector project is to protect the seat back from accidental footprints and dirt when your little one is climbing in and out and getting settled. Yes, my son does know how to follow rules and he does not ride with his feet propped up like this. Because, as one polite commenter pointed out, in the event of an accident, that wouldn’t be safe. So if you make your own seat protector, please keep that in mind!
A couple of years ago, we bought our first new (to us, it was actually used) car. Before that both Aa and I had only driven hand-me-downs. I had my grandma’s old car for a long time and then we drove my mother-in-law’s old Volvo until O was about 2. And those cars were both more than 15 years old by the time we even got them. So I wasn’t used to really being worried about getting the car dirty. But with our new car we were. And you know, if you have small children, that once you switch their car seats to facing forward, they get their little feet all over the back of the front seats when they get in and out. Which is especially bad in the winter with wet slushy boots. Yuck. So for two full years this was our solution:
Ugh. How embarassing! And it didn’t even work that well because O would just get his feet UNDER the towel and/or it kept falling off. So I made my own DIY Seat Back Protector and I couldn’t be happier. It’s completely washable, protects the seat waaaay better than the towel and it even looks cute! I’ll show you how I did it, but keep in mind, seats in different cars will be different sizes and shapes so measure your own car before you start!
DIY Car Seat Back Protector
1/2 yard of two different fabrics (similar)
1. First measure your car seat back and cut a piece of fabric to fit. Mine was 24″ in height (including seams allowances) and 18″ across at the widest part. To make the curved corners I traced a dinner plate.
3. I also cut two pieces of elastic, one that will go around the prongs of the headrest, and one that goes around the bottom of the car seat. Again, the length of those will depend on what kind of car you have so be sure to measure yours! I also cut one pocket. It was equal to the width of the protector and about 8 inches tall.
5. Place the pocket where you want it on top of the main front fabric piece, pin in place and topstitch across the bottom edge and in two vertical places to divide the pocket. The red lines in the bottom photo show you where to sew.
I matched up the pattern between the front of the protector and the pocket, but it’s not necessary. You could use a coordinating fabric for the pocket if you want or even leave it off altogether.
6. Then lay all of the pieces down in this order: two layers of batting, backing fabric (right side UP), the elastic in place, and finally the front fabric (right side DOWN). This picture shows the backing fabric with the elastic in place on top. After I took this photo I added the front fabric, right side down, on top and pinned everything together around the edges. Be sure to pin the elastic in the right place.
Sew around the edge of the seat protector using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Be sure to leave a 6″-8″ opening along the bottom edge for turning it right side out. Before you turn it right side out, clip the corners and the curves to reduce bulk in the seams. Be careful not to clip your stitches (ask me how I know!)
9. Slide the elastic around the car seat and pull it down until it lays flat against the seat back. Wash as necessary!
We are totally loving ours so far. It’s a huge improvement over “the towel”!
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