How to design your own car seat covers

Updated April 17, 2017

Every customised car needs a customised interior and creating an original design for your own car seat covers is the perfect way to accomplish this. By creating your own designs for you car interior, your are letting your unique creativity encompass your entire car. The best part about designing these interior decorations for your car is that you are only limited by your imagination. You can come up with hundreds of design ideas on paper so that you can pick the perfect one to create your own customised car seat cover.

Draw the seat for the design of the seat covers by creating a rectangle for the back of the seat. Add a smaller rectangle to the top of the rectangle. Add the bottom of the car seat with a diagonal square shape coming out of the base of the seat back.

Color the base colour of the seat using a dark coloured art marker. For the example in this article you are using dark blue, but a darker colour will do. Let the marker dry for at least five minutes or until it is dry to the touch.

Add the basic framework of the design using coloured pencils. Draw flames on the back of the seat by adding three curved, wavy triangular shapes using a bright red coloured pencil. Place these in the middle section of the back seat. Add wavy triangular shapes to the left and right side of the main group. Add four small wavy triangles to the head rest to create smaller flames.

Add yellow inside the flame guidelines that you have just created. You can then add a layer of orange between the yellow and red. Add shadows to the design to make the seat more realistic and to give you a better idea of what the finished product will look like. Do this by colouring lightly with a black coloured pencil on the bottom sides of the back of the seat and to the left and right of the side flames on the car seat.

Scan the image into your computer at 300 dots per inch and save it as a JPEG file. Contact a sales representative at a custom car seat cover company like or and send them the JPEG of your design. They can work with you to implement a customised seat cover based on your design.


Make several copies of the template in step 1 to try out as many seat cover designs as you can imagine.


Be sure to let the ink from the marker dry before using coloured pencil on top of it or the design will tear.

Things You'll Need

  • Drafting pencil
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Art markers
  • Coloured pencils
  • Computer
  • Scanner
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About the Author

Andrew DeWitt is a freelance writer/illustrator and stand-up comic with more than eight years of professional experience. He has written for Chicago Public Radio, Vocalo Radio, Second City Chicago, and The Lemming. DeWitt has a liberal arts degree with a double major in theater and creative writing.