We recently got a new child seat. When I removed the old seat I was shocked with what I found. I didn’t think that much stuff could possibly fall underneath the child seat. This is really only from about a year of use. And the picture doesn’t show all the dog hair that’s also there.
I decided I needed to get something to protect the seat better, also with winter coming and William still rear facing I wanted to protect the car from muddy and wet boots. I remembered something that I seen on Pinterest about a protector for underneath child seats, and thought maybe I could make one. I wanted something that would be quick and easy to make as I hoped to start using the child seat right away.
I started by looking around my house to find stuff that I could use. I went to my old towels and found a towel that fit on the seat almost perfectly. But that wasn’t going to keep water from collecting on the seat. I checked out my fabrics and found a plastic liner that I use when I made wet bags. Luckily I had enough to make the seat protector. I also had some elastic to hold it to the seat. I sat down at my sewing machine and in no time I had a seat protector, and it didn’t cost me a thing!
If you would like to make one here is how I did it.
Things you will need:
Plastic liner that will cover your seat (shower curtain, diaper liner material)
Fabric of choice that will cover your seat (an old towel will work just fine)
Elastic (****was size I had, and it worked well)
1. If using an old towel like I did just make sure the size works well on your seat. If it’s too large cut to size.
If using fabric roughly measure your seat across add 2-4″ (if u want it to wrap around a bit like I did)
2. Cut the plastic liner down to size to fit behind the towel. Make sure that the shiny side of the plastic is up, so it will repel the water.
3. Pin the short side of the towel down over the plastic and sew, making sure that you have the liner in while sewing so that it stays put. I did not follow a set seam allowance, I just kept sewing in the center of the folded towel.
Repeat on the other short side.
4. Now you need to take your protector, elastic & pins out to the vehicle.
You want to take one end of your elastic and pin it to your protector right next to the head rest, as shown below.
Wrap the elastic around your head rest and mark where it will be located on your protector. I used a pin to mark on the protector and chalk to mark the elastic.
You will want to take this chance to make sure your headrest comes completely off, mine just lifted off. If you can not remove it completely you will want to give extra space for the elastic to fit over the head rest too. If your headrest does lift off than you can follow how I did it.
Next you need to sew the elastic to the protector. Start with the side that you have pinned the two together. I did a zig-zag stitch for added support. See picture below.
On the other end of the elastic cut where you marked it. Than make sure you have the elastic straight (not twisted) and sew it onto the protector in your marked spot.
Once you have that sewn it should look like this:
5. Place the protector in the car to mark spots for the final elastic (don’t forget to take your pins & chalk out with you)
Start by putting the protector in place with headrest. Don’t forget you need to take off the headrest to get the elastic in place.
Now chose the spot on your seat that works best for the strap around the back. I did mine right below the armrest. You will need to pin one side of your elastic to the protector, make sure that you have it in line with where you want it on the seat, as well that you go far enough into the protector to catch the plastic liner too.
As you can see mine is quite far in.
The picture above is how to mark the other side, I put a pin in the protector and marked the elastic with chalk. Make sure that if you are going over the armrests that you leave some slack to fit over them. I tested it out by holding it in place while slipping it over. Had to adjust a few times until I got the correct size.
Now take the protector inside and sew the elastic on. Making sure you sew all materials together plastic liner, fabric & elastic. I used a zig-zag switch here as well. Remember it will wrap around the plastic side as this elastic will be going around your seat.
Your are done! All that is left is putting it into the car and installing your child seat.
I’m very happy with how it turned out. With the plastic being smaller than the fabric it does not cause the seat to slide around on it either. A very good thing as safety is much more important than having a clean seat.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask me.