So that the seat belt doesn’t rub your neck raw. Especially nice for little kiddos. (But you could really make these any size.) We pulled out our bike trailer several weeks ago and plopped the two kiddos in but realized after a short ride, that the seat belt rubbed our little guy’s neck……and he hated it. Poor thing. (And another friend that lives nearby had the same problem and asked if I had an idea of how to make these little covers. Thanks for getting me thinking, Allison!)
So, keep in mind that you can use these for any sort of seat belt. Bike trailers, strollers, car seats, etc.
**Warning: Be careful while using in car seats. These covers should not prohibit the function of the car seat in any way. Make sure that the covers aren’t too long, pushing the chest clip down too far on your child. (Shorten the length dimensions of the covers if you need to.) The chest clip on car seats serves a great purpose for the safety of your child and needs to remain over your child’s chest.
4 squares of cotton (I cut mine 5.5 x 5.5 inches)
4 squares of thin quilt batting (again, 5.5 x 5.5 inches)
Package of Double Fold Extra Wide Bias Tape
Sewing machine, scissors, thread, etc.
First, decide how big you’d like to make your covers. I made mine for our bike trailer straps that are about half the size of car seat straps. So if you are trying to cover a wider strap, add a few inches. And it’s up to you if you’d like to make them longer too. But these directions are going to be customized to my straps, which are about 1 inch wide.
Okay, now cut out your 4 pieces of fabric and 4 pieces of batting. (I chose this thin stuff so that it would be more compact, easier to sew through, but still offer some padding.)
Then, place two pieces of batting together. Put two pieces of fabric on either piece of them, with the right side of the fabric facing outward.
Then pin all 4 layers in place and sew down the middle of the square and then on either side of that center seam. This will just help keep everything in place. Trim if needed.
Now, you’re going to cut 2 pieces of your Bias Tape, 5.5 inches long. Place the top edge in between the fold of the bias tape and sew into place.
Then cut 2 more pieces of Bias Tape that are 6.5 inches each. Fold down each end end 1/2 inch and then attach to the sides of your cover.
Then attach your velcro, however much or little you’d like, and that’s it.
Now do the same thing to the other set of fabric/batting.
And you’re set to attach your covers to whatever seat belt is causing the annoyance.