How to Sew a Carseat Headrest Cover

Give your vehicle a quick facelift by recovering your worn-down car seats in a bright or attractive fabric of your choosing. If your seats have detachable headrests, the last step to the project is to sew a separate headrest cover. Remove the headrest, make a pattern and sew the cover to finish giving your vehicle interior a fresh, new look.

Consult your owner's manual to remove the headrest. Typically, the headrest will pull up and out of the top edge of the seat.

Place the separated headrest onto a flat work surface and measure the dimensions. Construct a pattern according to the width, length and depth of the headrest. Make notes on the pattern where the hole or holes must be to allow the headrest to attach onto the car seat. Add a 1/2-inch seam allowance around all outer edges for sewing.

Fold the fabric so it is in a double layer and lay it out onto the work surface. Place the pattern onto the fabric and pin to secure. Cut around the pattern to make two fabric pieces to cover the headrest.

Place the two fabric pieces together with right sides facing each other. Pin to secure. Plan how to sew the headrest cover for fitting purposes. You must leave an opening for placing the cover onto the headrest and an opening for the post(s) on the bottom of the headrest. For example, if there is one centre post on the bottom of the headrest, sew the two pieces together along the top edge and the right-side edge down to the right side of the point where the post will be.

Stitch the two fabric pieces together using a 1/2-inch seam allowance according to your plan. Turn the headrest cover right side out.

Fit the headrest cover onto the headrest by sliding it on from the side. Fit it properly and adjust all of the edges. Fold under the seam allowance on the open edges and pin to hold the unsewn edges.

Hand sew the pinned edges with small whip stitches. When you come to the bottom edges of the fabric that are open around the post, turn these raw edges under and hand stitch the raw edges under to hem them.

Replace the headrest back into the car seat and adjust the height of the headrest as desired.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Tape measure
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
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