Three Easy Craft Projects To Personalize Your Car's Interior
Choosing a new car in your favorite color could cost you anything from $200 to thousands of dollars more. A lot of manufacturers will ramp up the costs for certain colors, so many people end up opting for something that doesn’t truly reflect their personal tastes. Unless you have a lot of money to spend on bespoke interior design, the inside of your car probably doesn’t reflect your personality either. But if you’re handy with a needle and thread, you can turn to crafting to personalize the interior of your car and make it as inviting as your home. Here are three craft projects that you can use to really make your car your own.
Crochet Steering Wheel Cover
84% of respondents in a survey by the Craft Yarn Council said that they knit or crochet three to four times a week: if you crochet regularly and are looking for a creative new project, a steering wheel cover could be just the challenge you’re looking for. Crocheting a cover for your steering wheel is a sure way to make your car your own and keep your hands warm on cold winter drives. The size of your cover will depend on the type of car you drive, so be sure to measure the diameter and circumference of the steering wheel before you begin. You want to make sure your cover stretches to the size of the wheel so that it’s tight and doesn’t move while you’re driving.
You will need 5 oz yarn, a size J hook, scissors and a darning needle. Search online for crochet steering wheel cover patterns, but make sure you use the right size or take account of the differences you’ll need to apply to match the size of your steering wheel. Most patterns use chain, single crochet and double crochet stitching, and you can choose multiple yarn colors to reflect your tastes.
Slip-On Sun Visor Cover
Covering your sun visors in your own choice of fabric is a great way to add personal flair to your car’s interior. Remove the visors from the inside of the car, and open them up by cutting the stitching around the board frame. Remove the original fabric and trace around the visor to create a pattern, remembering to add a seam allowance. Glue the frame back together before stitching your chosen fabric into a slip on cover. You can make the cover fasten at the bottom with press studs or buttons, making this part of the design and allowing you to remove the covers easily next time you want to revamp your decor.
Personalized Car Door Fabric
Customizing the inside of your car doors isn’t difficult, but it can be time consuming, so reserve this project for a quiet weekend. You’ll need plenty of your chosen fabric, fabric glue, a paint brush, fabric scissors and a lolly stick to push the excess fabric into the frame. Make the pattern by pinning paper to the door fabric and cutting round the area, cutting out holes for any handles and buttons. Remember that you’ll need the hole for the handle to be a little smaller so that you’ll have enough fabric to tuck under the edges, and the whole fabric covering should be about ¼ inch larger than the section you’re covering. Cover the fabric with fabric glue and align it with the fabric area of the door frame, tucking the edges under the plastic as you go. Once everything is tucked in and the fabric is smoothly stuck, trim any loose edges and clean up excess glue with a wet wipe.
By using your creative flair and passion for crafting, you can turn a dull car interior into a space that’s truly yours. Remember that one size does not fit all when it comes to cars, and be sure to measure everything carefully before you begin your project.