Easy Seat Belt Sleeves

Categories: Utility, Kid Friendly

What you need to make this project

Materials
Support Soft Foam Stabilizer 19″ x 8 Yard Roll
1 Cuddle Cake Pack, or 1/3 yard Cuddle fabric, or scraps from Shannon Fabrics
3/4 yard 7" (3/4" wide) sew-on Velcro
Coodiniating Thread
Supplies
Straight Pins
Serger or Sewing Machine
Scissors or Rotary Cutter, Mat, and Ruler

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Support Soft Foam Stabilizer 19″ x 8 Yard Roll

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Price: $115.99

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Instructions

Step One

Start by layering your fabrics by making a “sandwich” with your two cuddle fabrics on the outside with right sides facing OUT, and your support interlining in the  middle.  I find it works best to cut out all three layers at the same time and pin IMMEDIATELY afterword without moving your pieces.  This will keep them from shifting and will result in the nicest looking finished project since we will be leaving and exposed edge.

Cut out a rectangle 7″ x 10″.  (You can make your cover longer or shorter than 10″, but you’ll need the 7″ width to fit around your seat belt and have room to add the Velcro.

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Step Two

Pin well (about every 2 inches). Trim corners to round them.  I trimmed the corners free hand.  Extra tip!  Avoid all the extra cuddle fuzz by using a handheld vacuum or vacuum attachment around the edges of your fabric once it’s securely pinned.

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Step Three

If you have access to a serger, sergers work best because they will give a professional looking edge and trim all three layers to exactly the same spot.  If you do not have access to a serger, you can use your regular sewing machine.  See the next step for sewing machine directions.

I did my edge using both serger needles (4 threads) with all the tensions set to 4 (the normal tension setting on my machine.)  I also had the stitch length set to the longest stitch length available on my machine.  BE SURE TO REMOVE EACH PIN WHEN USING A SERGER.  Serger’s cut the fabric as they sew and wrap the edge with thread and you DO NOT want your pins to ruin your blade.

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Sergers do not have a backstitch, so instead you’ll stitch over your starting stitching for about 1 inch and then leave a long thread tail.  Use a large-eyed needle to pull the thread tail through some of the stitching and trim.

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Make sure your stitching went through all three layers.

 

Step Four

Don’t have a serger?  No problem.  You can set your sewing machine to a very wide ZIGZAG stitch and sew around the edges that way.  The right edge of the zigzag will be just barely off your fabric and the left edge will be about 1/4 inch onto the fabric.

Make sure to check that your stitching as caught all three layer.

 

Step Five

At this point, either side of your seat belt pad could be the inside or the outside, so you’ll need to decide which side is which.  I wanted the pretty purple pattern on the outside, so the Ash Grey was on the inside.  Sew your velcro strips close to the outside edges on the INSIDE of your seat belt cover.

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Step Six

Have fun with all sorts of color combinations.  (Pictured here is: Solid Cuddle 3® TealEmbossed Star Cuddle™ Fuchsia, and Bubble Dot Cuddle Lilac/Hot Pink all from Shannon Fabrics.

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Step Seven

The whole family will want them!

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