Tennis Towel Car Seat Cover

Well, using a towel to cover your car seat isn’t necessarily novel, but sewing elastic at the back so the towel doesn’t constantly fall down is brilliant.  I would love to say this was my idea, but I actually got it from a tennis friend, Michelle C.

I initially got car seat covers to put on my seats because I didn’t want to ruin them.  You play tennis several times a week, get all sweaty (sorry ladies, no glowing), then sit in your car.  The seats/car will definitely end up getting funky.  The seat covers were very difficult to get on and off, plus I didn’t like the way they looked in the car.  I used towels also, but the darn things never stayed up.  They would always slide down so now the back isn’t protected and it was uncomfortable.  Then, while discussing my dilemma to a group of tennis friends, Michelle told us this idea.  So I am here to share.

This is what it looks like when you are done sewing the elastic to the towel.

Tennis car seat cover

All you need are:

  1. Bath Towel (100% cotton preferably.  I got mine at Costco for $5 on sale)
  2. Thick band of elastic
  3. Needle and Thread (or sewing machine).

When you get your towels, make sure to wash them first.  Measure the circumference of the car seat.  Measure the width of the towel.  For the elastic, I stretched it out next to the measuring tape to see how far it would expand.  All elastic is different and I didn’t want it to be too tight or too loose around the car seat.  I cut the elastic when the width of the towel plus the stretched elastic measured the total circumference of the car seat.

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I pined the elastic down to the towel.  I, then, used a needle and thread to sew the elastic on, but it would have been much faster and easier (probably) to use a sewing machine.  However, since it wasn’t a big job, it would have been more of a hassle for me to set up the sewing machine.  If using needle and thread, I sewed the elastic on using a loop around so I didn’t have to fold over the elastic.  I did this only because the elastic was leftover from another project and I had just enough to do the two towels.

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Tennis car seat cover

I did both sides, tested on the car seat and it fit perfectly.  Yea! Thank you, Michelle, for such a great idea!



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