Old Jeans for Car Seat Covers

For the last forty years, I have used old jeans to make seat covers for my car seats. They will cover a multitude of dirt, rips, etc. and are easy to remove and wash.


To Make: Measure the depth and width your seats and draw a pattern on a big sheet of newspaper.

Add enough inches all the way around for a drop to the bottom of the seat plus 2 inches for a big hem. Sew together enough jeans legs to make a piece of fabric this size for each seat.

Cut out your piece and turn up 1 inch for a hem. You don't have to turn under the edge of the hem, no one will see it and it is easier to sew through only 2 thicknesses. Leave 2 inches open at what will be the back of the cover.

Thread a piece of string (I prefer to use Seine Twine which is a very sturdy, hard-twisted string) through the hem. Tie a knot in each end of the twine to keep it from fraying.

Center the seat cover on your car seat and tuck the extra fabric down around it and through to the back with the string ends at the back. Pull on the string to gather it up tightly around the bottom of the seat. Tie the string (you will have very long ends; don't cut them off!) into a really long bow and tuck the ends up under the gathered hem of the cover.


When you decide to remove the seat to wash it, just undo and loosen the bow strings and pull it off.

Source: This solution was inspired by not having any money for extra luxuries like seat covers and having lots of old jeans.

By DeBushe from Gilroy, CA

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December 2, 20111 found this helpful

I first did the same thing about 40 year ago too, for my husband's work pickup. I absolutely love repurposing old jeans; they wear like iron. The seat cover outlasted his truck. I've since made several things from our used jeans, and they never fail to get comments from others about what great ideas they are. Nothing like some old denim and a creative mind!

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