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Sew your own Swimmy Seatsaver

1 Nov

To make your own swimmy seatsaver, You will need two yards of vinyl fabric (like the cheap picnic table-cloth) and two yards of knit cotton or jersey.

1- Cut the fabric in half longwise. You will be able to make two seatsavers with 2 yards of fabric. Alternatively, you can buy one yard, cut it in half and stitch together the two halves to make a two yard length.

 

2- Lay out the material so the knit is right side down on the bottom, and the vinyl is right side down on top of the knit. Trim the fabric so the vinyl is approximately 2 inches smaller than the knit fabric. Fold the knit fabric excess edge in half twice so it overlaps the vinyl without folding the vinyl. Pin the edge in place every two inches on the two long sides and one of the short sides. I know pinning every two inches seems excessive and annoying, but it’s necessary.

       

3- Sew the three edges that were pinned. This is not a project to handsew! The materials are thick and tough. Sew slowly and keep a good grip on the fabric. It will want to twist, and it will shift easily. Double seam the edges for extra strength.

4- The next step is to shape the end of the seatsaver to fit your headrest. You will be cutting four triangles into the end of the fabric. The size of the triangles will be dependent on the size of you car’s head rest. Mark off the unfinished edge of your seatsaver in four portions. Use safety pins to pin the marked points together (first to second point; second to third point, etc…). 

Experiment with tucking the seams and hang the seatsaver over your car seat. Once you have a comfortable, natural fit, mark the edges of the creases/future seam. Then cut along your marks, through both layers of fabric, removing four triangles.

 

5- Match the “right’ side of the fabric back to back and pin the edges. Sew a double seam on the edge. I find it is easier to pin and sew them one at a time.

 
6- Finally, finish any rough edges around the head rest. This “clean up” is usually best done by hand.
     
All four seams are sewn
 
 

the finished product, ready for you favorite swimmer

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swimmy seatsaver: true freestyle fashion crafting

30 Oct

I got tired of soaking my car seat with chlorine water four or five times a week when I finished swim practice. So three years ago, I crafted my swimmy seatsaver, a two layer seat cover that completely blocks the water but is comfortable on my bare skin. I sling the seatsaver over my seat after practice and remove before I leave for work. This way I keep my car seats clean and my work clothes dry.  This is what freestyle fashion is all about- using your craft skills to make beautiful and practical handmade items for yourself, family, and friends.

My original was light pink, but it’s now faded and stained from river water and archaeology dirt. It also has a cheesy ribbon that holds the top over the head rest.

                                  

My new and improved version has four pleats that curve around the top of the head rest and hold the seatsaver in place. The lack of elastic, ties, and snaps makes it easy to use and remove.  The seat saver will work for kids, pets, or adults. It’s perfect for swimmers, surfers, kayakers, paddleboarders, pets, kids… anybody who loves water and mud! Swimmy seatsavers are available on my etsy shop here.

Stay tuned for a future post in which I give tips on making your own Swimmy Seatsaver.

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