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Message Board > Creative Sewing > Car seat covers ( Moderated by Lynnelle)

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Car seat covers
I'm looking for tip and suggestions.
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Date: 1/5/12 10:34 PM

I've seen posts where people have talked about making car seat covers. I understand the idea of tracing the seat's seams onto paper to use as a pattern, but I was wondering if anyone could give some additional suggestions. For example - how do you attach the bottom of the front of the seatback to the bottom of the rear of the seatback? I hope that was clear. How do you keep the seatbottom in place?

Actually any tips from someone who has done this would be appreciated.

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Date: 1/6/12 9:05 AM

I hope you get a reply on this because I am going to attempt making some before summer's heat arrives.

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Date: 1/6/12 9:46 AM

There is a thread somewhere that not only explains this but the person also used a PATTERN! I hope you find it because I need new seat covers too.

Edited to add: found it, click here
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Date: 1/6/12 9:57 AM

Are you wanting to change the original seat cover or add a slip cover over the seat? A slip cover would be easier than disassembling the seat. The slip covers like ones available at walmart and auto zone and other places usually have string to tie it in place. If youre thinking of replaceing the original covers for a reupholstered look, most car manufactures use plastic hooks, hog rings, and heavy duty velcro to secure their covers to the seat foam and the frame.

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Date: 1/6/12 10:44 AM

Pinkytoo, thanks for that link! I can't wait to buy and use McCall's 5902.

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Date: 1/6/12 3:16 PM

Pinkytoo, thanks for that link. I did a search for "car seat covers" but didn't see that thread. I think I understand what you wrote. It's hard to visualize, but I'll work on it.

I did read where someone used a knit fabric for the rear of the seat back to keep things taut. I'm just worried that the front of the seat back won't be concave, that the fabric will pull out from the seat back.

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Date: 1/6/12 7:38 PM

tate - we have had a few of the commercial ones and I think they do start out to be not concave, but get that way as they are used, if I recall correctly. They just gradually mold to the shape of the seat. But I suppose you could use some of the curved needles and put a few tacks in place to encourage it. Or the crazy long upholstery needles and tack front to back.

This is a project i should be doing, as well.

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Date: 1/7/12 5:14 PM

I haven't done car seats, but I did just redo the upholstery on a chair. It was quite an education. I originally wasn't planning to disassemble the old upholstery, but I started thinking that I wanted to use the old closures on the seat cushion and foot stool. Taking apart the cover for the seat cushion was really an eye-opener. It totally seemed like just a rectangular prism around the cushion, but the original upholstery actually had a good bit of subtle shaping to it. I ended up taking all the pieces apart, and I'm glad I did. Except for the one cushion on the foot stool, they were all more shaped than I had realized.

For your project, I would at least try to get the original upholstery off the seat and into your workroom to try to develop a new pattern. On the seat, the current fabric is stretched a good bit to fit over the foam. There is probably a zipper or velcro near the bottom that you can work loose to get the cover off. It's made to come off.

I'd be surprised if the current upholstery for the front seat upright and front seat bottom were attached. I know for a fact that in both my previous cars they were separate.

I'd also be surprised if the upholstery for the front seat uprights isn't shaped the same as the foam. I would try to match your new covers to the old ones somehow.

You probably want to try running a line of hook side velcro on the inside of any of your new slip covers along those concave lines in the uprights and seat cushions. You can use either sew on or use adhesive loop side velcro, or the hook side may stick to the current fabric itself.

If you don't take the old covers off and dissasemble them to make a pattern, you probably will want to have some sort of a drawstring on the bottom edge so you can draw it up tight. Sort of like how an ironing board cover gets gathered up on the underside.

Good luck with it!

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