Seat Belt Covers

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You know, for your neck.

 

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!)

 
Ahhhhhh…..relief!

 

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.

 

You’ll Need:

  • 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
  • Velcro
  • 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.

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46 Responses to “Seat Belt Covers”
  1. 1
    Alisha says:

    I’ve been secretly hoping that you would post how to make these… I am so excited. Thanks!

  2. 2
    Kari @ Ucreate says:

    Super awesome! Can’t wait to make these!

  3. 3
    Ruth Ann says:

    I’ve been making these for awhile and use “Car header liner” that’s used in automobiles. It can be rather pricey…I should just use batting like you did and it would be a lot cheaper! Thanks for the idea!
    -Ruth Ann

  4. 4
    Kinderfalls Primitives says:

    What a great idea. I’ll make some for my little grandson to stop him getting rubbed and sore. xx

  5. 5
    Gallant Family says:

    I bought some a wal-mart, but they were all blah, so I think I’ll just make some of my own with super cute fabric! Now I don’t have to make up a pattern like I usually do. Thanks!

  6. 6
    Leighanne Johnson says:

    i was looking for something to do today so i made these! i have to say that yours turned out much better! but thanks so much for all your ideas!

  7. 7
    Cassie and Mitch says:

    k you should do a giveaway for a pair of these!!! I don’t have my own sewing machine and would love a pair of these!

  8. 8
    Dalling Family says:

    Thanks for sharing this idea-super cute! We had the same problem with Tay in the bike trailor. I just used a big bib made from a hand towel and put it around her little neck…this is not nearly as tacky! ;O) Hey that’s an idea…share how to make those bibs if ya could. :-)

  9. 9
    jodi says:

    What a great idea! And I like the fact that they are portable.

  10. 10
    Ryan & Rachael says:

    COOOLL!

  11. 11
    Amy says:

    Oh thank you, thank you! I needed to make these so bad for my son! The ones I’ve seen in the store are so bulky. I’m excited to make these!!

  12. 12
    Jenny says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I was going to buy some of these for my little girl and now I don’t have to!

  13. 13
    Casey says:

    thank you!! I definitely need to make these for my son and daughter now that it’s nice enough to not always be wearing a coat outside

  14. 14
    Bamamoma says:

    I just made some for my daughter today (before seeing your post). I did mine with faux fur and just left the edges raw (since it doesn’t unravel) so all the sewing was to put the velcro on. The whole project took me about fifteen minutes. She has been in the car twice since I put them on and she keeps telling me how much she loves them and “thank you mommy.” I’m just sad I didn’t do this a year ago when she first transitioned to a forward seat.

  15. 15
    Northern NY Mom says:

    again…wonderful!

  16. 16
    [email protected] says:

    Oh this is fantastic! I love how well they work on the car seat. Thanks so much for sharing, I’ll be linking.

  17. 17
    Rose says:

    Doesn’t the saying go that necessity is the mother of invention?? ha. you nailed it. Those are such a great idea! They would work for short people as well, as even though I have my seat belt lowered, (it has adjustable height) on long drives it still rubs my neck! Now, I have lots of glass baby food jars, any ideas on what to do with them? (other than recycle or fill them with pins like I already have?)

  18. 18
    Gena says:

    Thanks for the idea! So clever you are. Plus, it was nice to have another post with a craft. I understand you need the sponsors, giveaways, etc., but I loooooove when you post your cleverness! Thanks! :)

  19. 19
    Nate and Ash says:

    Yay, I’ve been wanting to finding the answer to that problem myself!! :) Thanks for the tutorial!! :)

  20. 20
    Lisa says:

    Great idea! The covers on my daughter’s car seat belts have gotten picked to bits, so I really need new ones. And this is a great way to have covers that aren’t just boring black! What fun! Thanks so much for the easy idea!

  21. 21
    Vone says:

    We just got back from a 2 full day car trip and my poor little girl had a line on her neck from the belt. I was thinking I had to make some covers when I got home.

  22. 22
    Keri says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial. It helped me a lot in making my own.

  23. 23
    Give LDS Gifts says:

    Thanks so much. My sister is visiting and we just mentioned making some of these, this tutorial will help a lot!

  24. 24
    Levi's Mommy says:

    These are NOT safe for carseats! The chest clip needs to be at armpit level, and these will force it lower where its not safe, they also will prevent you from tightening the straps properly, and they are not crash tested – your carseat manufacturer will not allow these, I promise! Keep your baby safe and dont put them on your carseat!

    They are cute and safe for everything else though!

    Im a carseat tech so I do know what Im talking about btw.

  25. 25
    Lisan says:

    Thank you so very much for this tutorial. I'm a sewing newbie. And it worked!!! SUPER!

  26. 26
    smallgrapes says:

    Cute, cute, cute. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  27. 27
    Sabrina @ Twiggles and Trunks says:

    awesome. i just whipped a few of these out for my new bike trailer. i did mine a little differently, but referred back to yours for the initial directions. will be linking soon :D
    THANKS!

  28. 28
    Michelle says:

    I finally made these! I didn't have any bias tape but the turned out super cute and I plan to make more! One by one I'm attempting your tuts, and I'm having a blast doing it! Thanks!

  29. 29
    Rowanmayfairs says:

    Thank you for this !

    My daughter's Nautilus came with cover straps, but her Cosco did NOT..

    So I will be making some cover straps here soon for her other carseat !

  30. 30
    AikoArt says:

    I just made a great set: green minky on one side, recycled fleece in the middle, john deere fabric on other side, trimmed in green striped ribbon, personalized with a "M" & "L" applique I made from scraps, then zig zagged! Thanks so much for all of your fabulous talent tutorials. They are greatly appreciated here at the Nevill house.

  31. 31
    Brenna says:

    I just make a set of these and I LOVE them! I'm actually having my first giveaway and offering to make a set of these for the winner.

    I love all your ideas! You're the best! Thank you for all your wonderful tutorials!

  32. 32
    carlyle3 says:

    I think you can still use these on a carseat without making the seat unsafe!!! Just keep the harness up at the chest where it should be and put the covers on above it. It doesn't force the harness down as someone has commented. My little girl is in pain from having the straps dig into her neck. I'm making these tonight.

  33. 33
    theradtkereport says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial! I just put up pictures on my blog here if you'd like to see. Thanks again!

  34. 34
    beth says:

    Thanks for the tutorial – these were so quick and easy! I used single-fold bias tape since it was what I had on hand, and it still worked fine, just a little bit more work.
    My covers can be seen here:
    http://marriedtoachef.blogspot.com/2010/04/straps.html

    Thanks!!

  35. 35
    Lyndsay says:

    My two year old and I thank you so much for posting this tut! I was going to figure out how to do it myself, but thanks to you I didn't have to! LOVE your site!!

    P.S. After seeing them my 4 year old asked for some, too, so I guess I'll be making more!

  36. 36
    jeronimama says:

    Can I use felt inside – I have to make these ASAP and don't have any thin quilt batting?

  37. 37
    Ashley says:

    Yes, you could use felt. Just add maybe 2 layers to thicken it up and it would work perfectly fine. Good luck!

  38. 38
    Lindsay C. says:

    thank you so much for posting this! I bought a pattern on etsy that I didn't like half as much as this one I used for free! It is beautiful and I can't wait until my little one is here and can use them. Oh and I am making 10 more for baby shower gifts! These are awesome. You rock!

  39. 39
    Mark&Noelle Taylor says:

    i just saw the coolest idea but don't dare make it you use this same idea but put a lot of stuffing in 1 of these and your big kids wrap it around their seat belt and its called a seat belt pillow

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    Jessica says:

    Thank you very much! Husband has been asking me to make or buy some of these for our twins. Thanks for giving the measurements (I lengthened mine by an inch for the pram)- much easier than trying to work it all out my self – plus 4 pair were made between feeds!

  41. 41
    Leigh-Ann says:

    Thank you for updating your tutorial to include the carseat warning, I really appreciate it!

  42. 42
    Tempest says:

    Thank you so much for these – my daughter has been complaining about her school bag cutting into her shoulder, so I made her a single one and she loves it. Thanks for the great instructions!

  43. 43
    Janette says:

    thanks so much for posting this!! your detailed instructions and pictures made making these very easy especially for me since i like to be shown how to do something :)

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