After sharing my Padded Seat Belt Cover post last week, I got a lot of messages asking how to make these. Today I’m going to share how I made mine, plus show you a second one I made out of gorgeous Umbrella Prints fabric for the Trimmings Competition. Umbrella Prints make printed organic fabric and artworks from their studio in South Australia, and each year run a competition showcasing trimmings from their fabric collection.
This is the pack of trimmings that I bought. I think my favourite piece is the navy elephants but Little Miss loves the aqua pieces so this was a great pack to use on a second seat belt cover for her.
This seat belt cover is reversible so while I like it with the elephants marching down the belt, Little Miss likes the orange hearts and aqua scallops on display.
What You Need
- Two pieces of fabric, 9″ x 6″
- One piece of iron-on pellon (or similar padding) 8.5″ x 5.5″
- Velcro (hook-and-loop fastener) – 8″ piece
- Sewing machine and usual sewing supplies (thread, pins, scissors)
I created my two pieces of fabric from my Umbrella Prints trimmings, but you could easily just use two pieces of fabric. These are 9″ x 6″. My first seat belt cover started with 10″ x 6″ pieces so either size will work fine. If you want to make a cover for a child’s seat belt in a car seat, you could even make your pieces 6″ x 6″.
What To Do
- Cut your fabric pieces
- Iron on the pellon to the wrong side of one piece of fabric
- Pin the fabric pieces right sides together and sew around the outside about 1/4″ in, leaving a gap of about 3″ for turning through
- Clip the corners (like the picture above)
- Turn the cover through and press
- Top stitch around the outside edge as close to the edge as you can to close the gap and create a neat finish
- Separate your piece of Velcro into the hook piece and the loop piece
- Pin one piece along the long edge on one side. Flip the whole cover over and pin the matching Velcro piece on the opposite edge on the other side. (When you wrap the cover around the seat belt the two pieces of Velcro should match up so wrap it to check you have them placed correctly)
- Sew the two pieces of Velcro into place
All done and ready to go on the seat belt. I wrapped our cover so that the Velcro fastening was flat against the seat belt and away from the neck.
- Velcro is thicker than fabric so I find that I need to sew a little slower than usual to sew it neatly.
- You could quilt your cover after you’ve placed the velcro to add an extra texture.
- My patchwork piecing on this was partly inspired by a new book I bought recently, Quilting Modern. Find it here: