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Seat Belt Wrap

 

Free project instructions to make an embroidered seat belt cover.

Does your seat belt rub you the wrong way? A seat belt cover is just the thing to keep your seat belt from rubbing or chafing your neck.

Make your own seat belt cover from a soft fabric such as fleece, velour, or brushed cotton for premium riding comfort.

Add embroidery, and the cover becomes as personal as it is comfortable. Read on to see how easy to it to drive in comfort -- and style!


Free project instructions to make an embroidered seat belt cover.


Supplies Needed:


**1/3 yard sturdy fabric like twill, denim, or lightweight canvas (I used twill)

**1/4 yard fleece (for back)

**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

**Temporary spray adhesive

**Air-erase pen

**24" length of 3/4" wide sew-on Velcro



Special Project Notes:

For my seat belt cover, I used fleece for the back fabric, but any soft fabric such as velour, brushed cotton, or even velvet will work. I embroidered the large size of the Art Nouveau Blossoms Border. With the long rectangular shape of the seat belt cover, a border is a natural choice to fill this area. Visit the Borders and Corners Department to find designs you love!

Finished size: 2 3/4" wide by 12 1/2" long (when wrapped)


Free project instructions to make an embroidered seat belt cover.


To get started, draw a 8 1/2" wide by 13" high rectangle on the fabric (I used twill). Using an air-erase pen or other marking tool, measure and mark in 1/2" along the top and bottom edges of the shape starting at the top left and bottom left corners. Then, measure in another 2 1/2" along the top and bottom edges starting at the marks you just made. Draw lines connecting the marks.


Free project instructions to make an embroidered seat belt cover.


Next, position the design in the traced area. To do that, I used
a template. (A template is the design printed from an embroidery program. If you're not familiar with templates,
click here for a tutorial).
Place the design within the lines you just drew with the outer edges on the left side of the design aligned with the left line. Also, make sure there is at least 1/4" of space between the outer edges of the right side of the design and the right line (innermost line).


Center the template top to bottom by measuring equal distances in between the top edge of the design and the top edge of the fabric and in between the bottom edge of the design and the bottom edge of the fabric. Poke a hole in the center of the template and mark the fabric. Also, mark the horizontal and vertical axis points.
 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered seat belt cover.

 

Remove the template and draw lines connecting the marks.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered seat belt cover.
 


Spray a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric.  Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. Move the hoop so that the needle is aligned with the center point on the fabric. Embroider the design.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered seat belt cover.
 

When the design has finished, trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered seat belt cover.
 

Next, cut out the shape. Then, measure and mark 3" in along the top and bottom edges of the fabric starting along the top and bottom corners on the opposite side of the embroidery. Draw a line connecting the marks.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered seat belt cover.
 

To prepare the back fabric, cut a piece of soft fabric (I used fleece) to 3 1/2" wide by 13" high. Fold the long edges in 1/2" to the wrong side and align the fabric, right side facing up, in between the two lines in the center of the embroidered fabric. Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the entire outer edges of the back fabric.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered seat belt cover.
 


To add the Velcro closures, cut two strips of the hook side to 12" long. Place them onto the embroidered fabric on the area opposite to the embroidered side with one strip about 1/2" from the back fabric and the other about 1/2" out from the first strip. Adjust the strips so that the ends are about 1/2" from the outer edges of the fabric, pin in place, and sew a 1/8" seam around the entire outer edge of both strips.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered seat belt cover.
 


Cut a piece of fabric to 8 1/2" wide by 13" high and lay the fabric with the right side facing up. Next, cut two pieces of the loop side of the Velcro to 12" long. Place the first strip about 1/2" from the outer right edge of the fabric and the other strip about 1/2" in from the first strip. Adjust the strips so that the ends are about 1/2" from the outer edges of the fabric, pin in place, and sew a 1/8" seam around the entire outer edge of both strips.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered seat belt cover.
 

Lay the fabric on top of the embroidered fabric, right sides together, with the loop side Velcro strips on top of the embroidered side of the fabric. Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the outer edges of the fabric leaving about 4" open along one of the long edges for turning.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered seat belt cover.
 

Turn the fabric right side out, turn the fabric of the opening in 1/4" and press with an iron. Then, press the seams and top stitch a 1/8" seam along the entire outer edge of the fabric.  Also, sew a seam right along the outer edges of the back fabric.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered seat belt cover.
 

And it's a wrap! Your seat belt wrap is complete. Wrap it around the belt and fasten it in place by aligning the Velcro strips together.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered seat belt cover.
 

Wrap your seat belt in soft, embroidered fabric for an attractive cover that will protect your neck from getting irritated by the seat belt. Make one for yourself, and one for a friend! They'll thank you for it.

Click here for a printable version of these project instructions.

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Products used in this Project:

Art Nouveau Blossoms Border $1.99 - $3.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.40" x 2.35" | 6.00" x 1.79" | 3.85" x 0.96"

African Flower Border $3.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.41" x 3.14" | 6.00" x 2.11" | 3.86" x 1.28"

Alhena Swirl Border $1.99 - $2.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.41" x 1.90" | 5.97" x 1.33" | 3.87" x 0.80"

Argyle Border $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

9.40" x 1.66" | 6.00" x 1.33"

Argyle Border $1.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.85" x 1.01"

Asian Cherry Blossom Border $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.04" x 2.65" | 5.96" x 1.81" | 3.85" x 1.13"

Wild Side Dragon (Long) $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.10" x 9.40" | 2.25" x 6.00"

Wild Side Drums (Long) $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.61" x 9.40" | 2.50" x 5.98"

Wild Side Guitar (Long) $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.89" x 9.40" | 2.62" x 6.00"

Wild Side Tiger (Long) $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.33" x 9.40" | 2.31" x 6.00"

Wild Side Wolf (Long) $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.09" x 9.40" | 2.21" x 6.00"

Outrageous Owl Stack $3.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

4.80" x 9.40" | 3.51" x 6.86" | 1.96" x 3.85"

Monkey Business Stack $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

3.94" x 9.40" | 2.88" x 6.85" | 1.62" x 3.86"

Doggone Dachshund Stack $3.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.37" x 9.39" | 3.92" x 6.83" | 2.20" x 3.85"