Monday, September 17, 2012
We take Smokey in the car with us frequently, and while both my car and my husband’s aren’t exactly what you would call neat & tidy, I still thought it would be helpful to have a doggie car seat. Smokey loves climbing all over the car, rolling around in the mud, and digging holes in the dirt, which the car seat should help with – plus he loves curling up in cozy fabrics, so I thought it might make the car a little more comfy. I made a super cheap, super easy hammock-style car seat for him. There are a number of ways I could have made this a bit nicer, but I went for functional/cheap/quick over durable/attractive (but of course, this method could be easily adapted).
First, gather your materials. All I bought was the fabric and elastic – pretty simple! Smokey was curious about the project right from the start. Basically, this is just a sheet of fabric with 4 elastic loops to fit around the front and back headrests.
- 2 yards of fabric (I bought flannel because it was 50% off and it’s cozy, but I’d recommend using something more durable): $5.98
- Elastic (1″ x 2.5 yds): $2.79
Total cost: $8.77
- Sewing machine & thread
- Measuring tape
- Pins (My straight pins were missing so I had to go safety-style)
Next, measure your car. Since I bought my fabric before measuring the car (which is sort of backwards now that I think about it…), I found it easier to just take the fabric and spread it across the back seat to check the dimensions. It fit nicely, so I didn’t end up cutting it at all. I just measured the width of the headrests and the distance between headrests, so I knew where to put the straps.
Then I cut the elastic into 4 even pieces and pinned the elastic on the fabric based on my measurements. You should end up with 4 loops of elastic that will fit around your headrests.
As you can see, my fabric edges are rough – it would have been better to fold over the edges to make them more durable, avoid fraying, and make it look less rough. I didn’t do this for two reasons: 1) the fabric was already a little on the short side and I didn’t want to make it any shorter, and 2) I’m lazy.
Next, I sewed on the straps. First I just did a quick straight stitch and checked to make sure it fit in the car properly, then I sewed those suckers on good and tight using a zig zag stitch.
And then… you’re done! Pretty easy, right? This was a very quick and easy project for me (and my sewing skills are not-so-hot).
Then Smokey came over to see what was going on, so Aria gave him her infamous glare and left.
But as soon as I folded up the car seat, Smokey decided to lay on it.
And sit on it. I guess that means he likes it at least!
Then finally getting comfy.