A Junie Tutorial: Seatbelt Sleeves

Many of you know Junie Moon; she is that super positive, upbeat, incredibly kind sewer who posts amazing photos in her flickr account, but doesn’t yet blog. Well, she’s come up with a great summer sewing tutorial that must be shared. Thankfully, I’m the lucky duck who gets to spread the word.

Car Seatbelt Sleeve Tutorial, ala June:

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The seatbelts in my car rub and irritate my neck. But obviously, I need to wear them as they can help if I ever get into a car accident (if you have been in a car accident then you can learn how to file a car accident claim in Oklahoma City here. Obviously, if you don’t live in Oklahoma City then this might be different, however, there are loads of other law firms that you can use to help you get the compensation you deserve. If you are still unsure about who to use then you could always check out a company like Frost Law Group, LLC. Getting into a car accident is an awful thing, but hopefully, if you are wearing a seatbelt then there shouldn’t be a problem. If, however, you have an accident that wasn’t your fault and it caused you an injury then it might be a good idea for you to get a lawyer (why not check out these attorneys for car accidents
here). However, even though my seatbelt is uncomfortable I will still wear it just in case (it is also the law). But luckily I am able to make these seatbelt covers to make them more comfortable. Since an old set I purchased wore out, I decided to make a new set myself instead of buying them. You don’t need much material for the seatbelt sleeves. I used leftover soft flannel from another project and bought car header liner at Jo-Ann’s Fabrics (in the home deco section near the vinyl fabric bolts). Here are the instructions and illustrations for you to make some for yourself. It really is easy.
The instructions are for one seatbelt sleeve. If you want to make 2 or more, then you’ll need to plan accordingly.
Step 1: Cut out fabric pieces as follows:
‚Ä¢ Exterior fabric: cut 2 9¬?-inch squares
‚Ä¢ Heading liner: cut 1 9¬?-inch square
‚Ä¢ Velcro: cut 8¬?-inches of ¬æ-inch wide Velcro

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Step 2: Layer fabric pieces and heading liner as follows—one piece exterior fabric right-side up (facing you), one piece exterior fabric wrong-side up, and the heading liner material (it doesn’t matter which way this is facing). Pin in place and be sure to catch all 3 layers.

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Step 3: Leaving a 3-inch opening in the middle of one side of the fabric sandwich for turning right-side out later, sew all 4 sides with a ¬?‚Äù seam.

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Step 4: Trim all 4 corners by cutting on the diagonal, being careful not to cut through stitches. Then trim the stitched seams on 3 sides (not opening side) to approximately 1/8”.

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Next, move the seam of the exterior fabric on the 4th side over a bit and trim the header lining to 1/8” to cut down on bulk.

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Step 5: Turn right-side out so that the heading liner is in the middle and both exterior fabrics are on the outside. Turn the 3-inch opening inside by ¬?‚Äù and pin in place.

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Step 6: Stitch ¼” inch around all 4 sides (which closes the 3’-inch opening, too).

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Step 7: On left side of seatbelt sleeve, pin the rough (male) part of the Velcro along the edge. Stitch the Velcro around all 4 sides.

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Step 8: Turn project over so that the Velcro you just installed is on the right but facing down on your table. Measure over 2¬?‚Äù from the left edge of the side now facing you and mark down the left side of the sleeve.

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Place the right edge of your soft fuzzy Velcro side (female side) along your 2¬?‚Äù mark and pin in place. Stitch the Velcro around all 4 sides.

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Step 9: You are done and can install in your car by folding it around your seatbelt. Make more for all your passenger seatbelts, if you wish.
Car Seatbelt Sleeve Tutorial written and executed by June Scroggin, 2007
Photos © by Dub Scroggin, 2007