How to Make New Car Seat Covers

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How to Make New Car Seat Covers
A personal car deserves personal seats. (red car interior image by Tammy Mobley from

A car can become a special place when it feels like home. Many people personalise their cars with stickers, floor mats or steering wheel covers. If you want to personalise your car while protecting its original seats you may want to use seat covers. If you prefer to make your own seat cover, you can do so using fabric and a sewing machine. Making your own seat cover may allow you to use unique fabric patterns and will give your car an extra personal feel.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread

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  1. 1

    Measure your car seat. Write down the dimensions for height and width for both the top and bottom section of the seat as well as the total height. If the seat is very complicated you may want to cut out long strips of paper to stuff into corners and crevices to act as stuffing to make the seat covering easier to make.

  2. 2

    Make a pattern based on your measurements. You may want to make one large piece of fabric or you may want to make separate pieces of fabric for the top and bottom parts of the seat and sew them together.

  3. 3

    Cut fabric according to your pattern. Add at least two inches on each side for sewing.

  4. 4

    Sew the material together inside out so that seams appear on the inside.

    How to Make New Car Seat Covers
    Sewing machines make this task easier but you can also sew by hand. (sewing machine image by Peter Baxter from
  5. 5

    Turn material over and place on your car seat. Depending on your model of car, you may need to cut holes for seat belts.

Tips and warnings

  • Try adding a bungee cord or extra strap at the bottom of the seat to make the covering more secure.

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