Monday, November 2, 2009

Pot Holder Seat Belt Covers -- TUTORIAL

My sister and her son came over to visit the other day, and I noticed this on his neck:


OUCH! It's from his seatbelt! Being the sew-y, stitchy, crafty types we are, my sister and I decided we'd better make him some seat belt covers that very day. But we didn't have a lot of time -- especially with all the littles running around!


Then I had a flash of brilliance! I had previously purchased these cute pot holders ($1 at Target!!), and they were perfect for the job!


STEP ONE: Divide your pot holders into thirds and sew straight lines. This will help your covers fold around the seatbelt nicely.


STEP TWO: Attach velcro -- The soft side will go on the folded edge (left in photo) and the scratchy side will go on the flap that folds over (right in photo). I happened to have some blue velcro ($1 at JoAnn's) on hand!


Your covers should fold over and close nicely.


TA-DA! Five minutes, tops!


MUCH better!!

(These covers will work for a toddler-size child quite nicely. They'll be too long for a newborn!)

This is the project that got me started on an entire week's worth of
POT HOLDER CRAFTS!
~~Stay Tuned!!~~

30 comments:

Becky DeVries said...

awesome idea!!and easy! thanks for the tip, I will have to use that!

Lynette said...

I had that problem still till I was in middle school because I was so short for just a normal seatbelt (pathetic, I know)! Thanks for the idea for future reference!

Christina said...

Brilliant! I love it!

The Harris Family said...

So smart-we really need some of these.

Deborah Raymond said...

That made me so sad for the cute little boy to see his sad neck. I'm sure my children had the same issues, but I can't remember. I think this is a great idea for anyone, my mother has issues with the strap on her neck all the time. She could use this too.

GroverFamily said...

what a great idea!

angela said...

Oh, Oh, Oh - my son needs a pad to cover the strap on his saxaphone. This is perfect!!

Jess said...

This is so brilliant! I need to keep this in mind for when I have children.

--Jess @ FloralShowers.com

Tegan and Tage said...

Saw you on U-Create this morning-- just in time for a 24 hour road trip across country with a 9 month old... wish us luck! I think this project will help sleeping in the car seat a bit easier too. Thank you!!!

Mary said...

B.R.I.L.L.I.A.N.T. how 'come my brain doesn't work this way?! great problem solving. I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

Lauren said...

I love this! So simple, both my kids can expect some soon!

Angie Neil said...

Oohhh that is so cool!! LOVE it!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

Goings on at the Glenn's said...

What a GREAT! Idea! I know what just what to do for some quick gifts! Thanks!

Stacie said...

Brilliant!

Rowanmayfairs said...

Cute !! My daughter's Cosco doesn't have selt belt covers and needs it !!

Her Nautilus in my vehicle came with cover straps (which actually need washed!) which I love.

Jen said...

Care, I don't know how you do it- you always have such great ideas! How do you come up with so many neat projects so consistently? These days, my brain feels like mush :)

Hannah Stevenson said...

My girls had the same mark after one of our long trips! I'm totally doing this...THANKS!

casserole said...

Your poor little guy!! Good thing he has a mama as smart as you to come up with a solution lickity-split.

I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-make-padded-seatbelt-covers-out-of-potholders/2009/11/02/

--Anne

Jenny said...

Wow, this is such a great creative idea. I made seat belt covers for my little girl a few months ago, but it would have been so much easier to use pot holders!

Anne at Film and Thread said...

That idea is so clever and fantastic! Thank you!

Beverly @ The Buzz said...

Genius! Both you and the idea!

glenna said...

Thanks bunches for sharing this wonderful idea!

Helen said...

Hi there.
I was looking around on bloggs and found yours and I just have to say that i really like all the ideas you have. Im from sweden and I have a lot of free time for stuff like this now when im home with my 4 months old son. So thanks for the great ideas.

ilovestitches said...

This is a brilliant idea! Love your blog! Well done! Raewyn x

leenybean20 said...

Really cute, but you are not supposed to use after market products on car seats. If they haven't been crash tested they are not safe.

Really cute for a stroller or something though.

PuppyLovePrincess said...

what a great idea! i've posted about these on my blog (w/ credits and link.) thanks again for sharing your creativity :)

Jessica said...

Oh wow... Um... I actually need to make one of these for me... I'm short bodied enough that the seat belt in my husband's truck is always cutting into my neck...

Thanks!

Quirky Momma said...

What a terrific idea! I gave you an award and honorable mention in our Fantastic Friday Shout-out! Will be back to your site again!!!

http://quirkymomma.com/2010/fantastic-friday-babies

Kim said...

Such a great idea! I made some for my girls and linked to your tutorial on my blog today. Thanks! :)
http://lifeofamodernmom.blogspot.com/2010/04/sew-something-saturday-car-seat-strap.html

Shannon and Erin said...

I just made a bunch of these. So easy and functional! Mym mom got in a car accident last week and the seat belt gave her one heck of a bruise. This will help her ride in comfort again. Thank you, thank you, thank you!