Spring is here at last. Goodbye, sweaters and turtlenecks. Hello, t-shirts! Unfortunately, a familiar pain in the neck comes with the t-shirts. (Literally.) The seat belt always irritates the skin around my neck and shoulder where the t-shirt just doesn't quite cover. Does that happen to you, too? How about to your kids? I've got an easy fix for you with these clever DIY seat belt covers. This hack is sure to save your neck!
Before I created this fix, I'd been known to stuff anything I could find between my skin and the seat belt. I'm sure I looked pretty cool driving down the road with napkins hanging out all over! My kids would just give up all together and throw the seat belt behind their backs. (I hate that, because it's not safe.) It only took a few minutes and very few supplies to fix the problem.
DIY Seat Belt Covers
Ready to get started? You're just a few easy steps away from a more comfortable driving experience!
- 11 ½" x 6" piece of soft fabric (I used flannel)
- Sewing machine and coordinating thread
- Straight pins
- Begin by cutting your fabric to size, and then fold it in half with the right sides together. (See image.)
- Sew around the open edges (with about an ⅛ inch seam), leaving an opening to turn the fabric right-side out.
- Turn the fabric right-side out and use a pencil or other sharp edge to straighten out the corners. Fold in the open edges around the hole, and pin it closed.
- Using as small a seam allowance as you are comfortable, sew along the entire outside edge of the rectangle.
- Cut a small piece of velcro, and take your fabric and velcro outside to your car. Fold the rectangle around the seat belt and mark the edge of where the fabric overlaps with a straight pin. Use the pin as a guide to help you place your velcro on the fabric. On step number five above, you see the velcro placed on top of the fold. You will actually place the velcro in that same spot, but under the top layer of fabric. Attach one layer of velcro to the underside of the fabric and the other layer of velcro to the fabric next to the pin.
- Stitch on the velcro, and you're done!
If you wish, you can remove the seat belt covers when they are not in use. I find it easiest to leave them on the seat belt all Spring and Summer. Since they easily slide up and down the belt, they don't get in the way of retracting the seat belt. When my hubby drives, he simply slides it down by his waist so that it can't be seen. The seat belt doesn't rub his neck. Lucky!
Just be careful when you put the cover away for Winter. I swear that I put mine in the glove box, but I can't find it anywhere! Good thing these seat belt covers are easy to make. It looks like I need to make some more right away!
Now you and your kids can safely and comfortably ride with your seat belts in the correct position. Honestly, I wish I had thought of this years ago!
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