Looking for a fun, personalized way to spruce up your car’s interior? Crafting your own fabric steering wheel cover is not only an economical and stylish solution, but it’s also a great way to protect your hands from extreme temperatures. Whether you prefer the luxurious touch of faux leather, the plush softness of minky, or the durability of neoprene, we’ve got you covered. Let’s dive in and get started!
Materials You’ll Need:
- A piece of fabric (faux leather, minky, or neoprene)
- Measuring tape
- Needle and thread (or a sewing machine)
- A piece of elastic (optional)
Choosing the Right Fabric
Before we begin, let’s talk about fabric choice. Here, we are focusing on three popular options: faux leather, minky, and neoprene.
- Faux Leather: Faux leather brings a luxurious, high-end feel to your car’s interior. It’s not only aesthetically pleasing but also extremely durable and easy to clean. However, it can be a bit slippery, so ensure your grip is comfortable before deciding on this material.
- Minky: Minky fabric is an incredibly plush, soft material that’s typically used in baby blankets. Its main advantage lies in its comfort. However, it may require more frequent cleaning as it can attract dust and lint. This material could be an excellent choice for those seeking a cozy touch to their car’s interior.
- Neoprene: Known for its excellent durability, neoprene is a resilient material that can withstand a lot of wear and tear. It has a nice, firm grip, is resistant to both heat and cold, and can easily be cleaned with a damp cloth. Its elasticity also simplifies the installation process.
Step 1: Measure your steering wheel’s diameter and grip circumference to determine the size of the fabric you’ll need. Add an extra inch to both measurements to allow for the seam allowance.
Step 2: Cut out your chosen fabric according to the measurements. You should have a long, rectangular piece of fabric.
Step 3: If you’re using a piece of elastic, measure it to fit around your steering wheel and cut accordingly. The elastic should be slightly stretched while measuring, to ensure a snug fit.
Step 4: Fold your fabric in half, lengthways, with the right sides facing each other. Pin along the edge to secure it.
Step 5: Using your needle and thread or sewing machine, stitch along the edge where you placed the pins. Leave both ends of the rectangle open.
Step 6: If you’re using elastic, attach a safety pin to one end and thread it through the tube you’ve created with the fabric. If not, proceed to step 7.
Step 7: Turn the fabric right side out. Your fabric tube should now resemble a steering wheel cover.
Step 8: Try the cover on your steering wheel. If it’s a bit loose, you can adjust the tightness by sewing the open ends closer together. If it’s too tight, unfortunately, you’ll need to re-sew the seam farther away from the edge.
Step 9: Once it fits perfectly, sew the ends together to secure your steering wheel cover. And voila! You’ve created a custom, DIY steering wheel cover.
With this handy guide, you can personalize your steering wheel cover to perfectly match your style. Not only will you ride in comfort, but you’ll also protect your hands and add a unique touch to your vehicle’s interior. Happy crafting!
This tutorial was developed using this awesome Youtube video from creator Hello Sewing