First, gather your materials. All I bought was the fabric and elastic - pretty simple! Smokey was curious about the project right from the start. Basically, this is just a sheet of fabric with 4 elastic loops to fit around the front and back headrests.
- 2 yards of fabric (I bought flannel because it was 50% off and it's cozy, but I'd recommend using something more durable): $5.98
- Elastic (1" x 2.5 yds): $2.79
- Sewing machine & thread
- Measuring tape
- Pins (My straight pins were missing so I had to go safety-style)
Then I cut the elastic into 4 even pieces and pinned the elastic on the fabric based on my measurements. You should end up with 4 loops of elastic that will fit around your headrests.
As you can see, my fabric edges are rough - it would have been better to fold over the edges to make them more durable, avoid fraying, and make it look less rough. I didn't do this for two reasons: 1) the fabric was already a little on the short side and I didn't want to make it any shorter, and 2) I'm lazy.
Next, I sewed on the straps. First I just did a quick straight stitch and checked to make sure it fit in the car properly, then I sewed those suckers on good and tight using a zig zag stitch.
And then... you're done! Pretty easy, right? This was a very quick and easy project for me (and my sewing skills are not-so-hot).
The hardest part of the whole project was trying to get some photos. I put it down on the floor, and then Aria immediately came over and burrowed under it.
But as soon as I folded up the car seat, Smokey decided to lay on it.
At that point, I gave up on the indoor photos and tried it out in the car. I actually made it to fit my husband's car, but tried it out in mine since he wasn't home. The drawback of mine is that it doesn't have headrests in the back seat, but I was able to loop the elastic around the corners and that seemed to work.
Smokey's reaction? Furiously rubbing his back all over it and doing somersaults...
I've only tried it out on a quick little drive, but so far, he looks like one seriously happy customer!