Friday, July 05, 2013

Towel Seat Cover

For those of you who know me personally, you know that I spend a lot of my free time either running, at the gym, or - more recently - kickboxing. Yes, I know I'm crazy and it's a little bit above insane, but it's my stress relief and I love it. What I don't love is getting into my brand new car wearing my gross, sweaty clothes. I came up with a quick, easy, and practically free solution for that.

Towel Seat Cover

Materials Needed:
  • Towel
  • Ribbon (1 yard)
  • Sewing Machine - or just needle and thread
Note: Satin ribbon is slick and will probably slide out. Stick to Grosgrain ribbon, which has little ridges. I have box of ribbon that I keep for impromptu projects like this. The ribbon used here I bought on clearance for 50 cents and the towel is um...borrowed from someplace I won't mention the name of.


1. Find the center of your towel by folding it in half lengthwise (A). Line that center up with the center of your headrest and then mark just to the outside (B)where the ribbon will tie around the back. No need to be exact - this is a very forgiving measurement. 
2. Unfold the towel, cut your ribbon into equal parts, and pin to those outside marks (B).
3. Make sure your ribbon is perpendicular to the edge of the towel. I placed mine just below the outside seam so I would have enough room to put in a secure stitch.

4. Sew to towel.
How you sew on is unimportant. I made a little box and then double backed over the ribbon with an X. You can do this with a thread and needle if you don't have a sewing machine. Just give the ribbon a good tug to make sure it is secure.
5. Place on your seat and tie in a bow around the back.

See how cute that is? Not too bad for a 5 minute project. I need to make another one for K1 because she is usually with me for kickboxing. Plus, I can remove it easily and throw it in the wash for the next time. You can even roll up the towel and tie it with the ribbon to store in the truck until ready to use.

Have a great weekend!
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