|I am lovin' my new steering wheel cover.|
|Nasty sun-damaged steering wheel.|
I used fabric leftover from the Tammis Keefe celebration (check that out here), but you could piece scraps together to make a patchwork version. You'll also need scraps of batting.
Since I know you want to make one, too, let’s get right to the tutorial!
- A strip of fabric 9 inches x the circumference of your steering wheel plus .5 inch seam allowance (in my case, my strip is 9 x 47.5)
- A strip of batting 3.5 inches x the circumference of your steering wheel (no need for the .5 seam allowance
- 3-4 yards quarter inch elastic
Step 1: Measure the circumference of your steering wheel. You may want to bring a helper, or a roll of tape when you do this to get an accurate measurement. The circumference of my steering wheel is 47 inches.
Step 2: Fold your strip of fabric in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. and sew long edge together (I used a 3/8th seam). Press the tube flat with the seam running through the middle. (Note: The photos show that I sewed my tube with right sides together and turned it inside out; I realized later that it was completely unnecessary to do that.)
|Seam in the middle when you press it flat (note: the instructions have you sewing the seam so wrong sides together so you don't have to turn the tube)|
Step 3: Cut you batting 4 inches wide by the length of your tube. Lay it down the center of your tube covering the seam. Quilt this in place. I did a line of stitching down the center of the tube, the lines of stitching down both sides about half an inch from the edge. (You might want to use a matching thread unlike me who forgot to change it before sewing!) Why is the batting on the outside? It will help keep the cover from sliding around on the steering wheel.
|Batting is attached with three lines of quilting. I then needed to trim away a bit of excess batting.|
|Stretch the elastic tight as you sew.|
|When both sides are done, it should look something like this.|
|Sew a quarter inch seam to join the two short ends (right sides together!)|
|Your finished product ready to give you a much more pleasant driving experience.|
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