This mama is driving in style!
Ok really. Is it weird that I made my own steering wheel cover? I have the need to make ordinary things in my life look pretty. Well, really not so much pretty, but personalized. I personalize everything! My son sprained his ankle and came home with crutches. What’s the first thing I did? Helped him decorate them with colored duct tape. My ex-husband jokes that I’m the only person who would think of decorating crutches. I can’t be the only one.
I had a plain black steering wheel cover at first that was purely functional. It kept my hands from burning in the summer heat and sticking to a freezing steering wheel in the winter. But it became worn out and it was well… boring. I took it inside, cut it apart, used it as a template and reused the elastic inside. Waaaaay too easy.
While I’ve got you inside my car, I just have to show you this super cute beaded necklace that hangs from my rear view. I’d like to think that someone lovingly made it by hand but in all sad reality, it was probably made in Guatemala or Taiwan. I think it’s adorable how they are holding hands. (I just look past the fact that their faces look like they have boils.)
Update: I just made one of these for a friend, but this time I didn't use a template. I don't have pictures but allow me to explain to you the steps I took to make one.
1. Measure the circumference of your steering wheel. Mine was 48". Wrap your tape measure around the wheel like you would your hand when grabbing it. From front to back. This will tell you how wide to make it. I made mine 4" wide.
2. Cut out a strip of fabric at those dimensions plus seam allowance.
3. The easiest way to sew is to fold over half an inch on each long side to make a casing for the elastic. Sew those down. You'll want to use small stretchy elastic.
4. To cut out the elastic to fit, stretch the elastic almost as far as it will stretch to the circumference of the steering wheel. When you relax it, it should be considerably smaller than the wheel but able to stretch to that measurement.
5. Feed both elastics through the casings you just made and secure on both ends. Then sew the two short ends of the strip of fabric together to make a complete circle.
Have a super lovely day!