So, first thing when we got home from the weekend away I got some material to make this highly functional and totally adorable car seat liner. I thought I'd share my efforts with you too!
2/3 yard cotton material
2/3 yard batting (80% cotton 20% poly) I like to use Hobbs Heirloom
2/3 yard PUL (Polyurethane Laminate) material
1/3 yard 1/4 inch elastic (you can buy Braided Elastic pretty cheap on Amazon)
coordinating cotton thread
Make the Pattern
1. Gift Wrap - Get out your ugliest, oldest gift wrap and make your pattern out of it. The front design doesn't matter because you'll be using the white back to draw your pattern. I'm using some wedding themed gift wrap that I've had around forever. If you don't have any old gift wrap you can also use tissue paper but it's a little more delicate and less forgiving. My grandmother used to use newspaper but I wouldn't recommend that. Not only is it easy to loose your marks because of all of the writing (on both sides of it), but the black ink can rub off onto your project.
Make a Car Seat Liner
1. Layer the Fabric - Layer your fabrics in this order: cotton batting on the bottom, printed fabric face up, then PUL face down.
2. Place the Pattern - Remember, the pattern fits the seat therefor you need to add a seam allowance; I added just under a 1/4 inch.
4. Cut it Out - Cut the pattern carefully, remembering to ADD a seam allowance around the entire outside.
DO NOT CUT them yet. (You don't need to mark the belt that goes between the legs at this point even though I did)
6. Remove the Pattern - Place the pins in the fabric very close to the edge or in the areas marked for the seat belt.
7. Elastic - Put elastic loops on each side of the seat area in between the printed fabric and the PUL, with the loop inside the material as shown above.
10. Right Side Out - Turn the fabric right side out. Very gently push all of the corners out with a blunt object, I used an ink pen with the 'ink' retracted.
11. Cool Iron - Using a warm iron (I set mine on synthetic) quickly press the edges down. Be careful that the fabric doesn't get too hot because the PUL can MELT! Yikes!
12. Top Stitch - Top stitch the car seat cover with a straight stitch. Fold the fabric inside the hole that was left at the bottom and stitch over top of that too.