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DIY Waterproof Back Seat Covers

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Protect your backseat from all the wet and dirt that a road trip has to throw at it this summer with these DIY Seat Covers.

It’s summer, which means road trip time. You probably know that we love to camp, which means lots of weekends away with the kids and dog. We have two long Midwest road trips planned this summer. Last month we camped along the Upper Mississippi River and we are leaving next week to circle Lake Michigan. Camping is an outdoor lifestyle, so we have to deal with rain and dirt and everything that results from them. I decided to make waterproof removable seat covers to protect the leather seats in our car.

DIY Waterproof Seat Covers Sewing Tutorial


measuring tape
beach towels
fleece fabric
vinyl table cover
grosgrain ribbon
double fold bias tape
serger and sewing machine


Measure the seat. I just laid the beach towel I picked for this project across the seat and saw that it was wide enough, so I used that as my guide.
Prewash the towels and fleece.
Pin the right sides of the towels together along one long edge.
Stitch the towels together along that line.
Using a large table or the floor, lay out the table cover with the plastic side down.
Lay the fleece out on top of the table cover.
Lay the towels on top of the fleece with the right side facing up.
Pin the layers together.
Cut the fleece and vinyl to match the size of your towel.

Serge the outside edges of your fabric sandwich, making sure to catch all layers.
Lay the cover over the backseat.
Mark the placement of the ribbons to tie around the headrests.
Cut two pieces of ribbon for each headrest and stitch them in place along the top of the cover. I cut each ribbon about 15″ long.
Tie the seat cover in place around the headrests and mark holes for the seat belts.
If you have a middle shoulder belt you need to make a verticle slit for it to go through that reaches the hole where the seat belts clip in. I serged the edges of my slit.
Cut the holes for the seat belts.
Finish off the edges of the seat belt holes with double bias tape.
Create a closure for the middle shoulder belt slit by sewing 12″ strips of ribbon on each side to tie together. I added 4 ties.
Put in seat cover in place.
The cover is machine washable but please line dry.

I love how the seat covers turned out. I made this with the same tie-dye beach towels that I used for the front seat cover tutorial. The bright colors really pop against the black interior.

Dog Seat Covers

These seat covers will protect the seats from wet bathing suits or dirty pets. Perfect for a day at the pool, beach, or a long road trip.

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Let the experts at Walmart’s Automotive Care Center take care of your vehicle while you take care of your shopping list. Click here to find our more about the oil change roll back and use the store finder to locate an Automotive Care Center near you.DIY Waterproof Removable Seat Covers - Need to protect your back seat from pets or kids? Make your own removable seat covers for your car. These are perfect to protect the seat from rain, dirt, or food and more! Customize with fun prints.
Are you taking a road trip this summer? Where are you going?



Sunday 5th of November 2017

I like the idea of making the covers waterproof but am wondering if the sewing machine needle will go through all of those layers?!! I do not have a server...

Diana Rambles

Sunday 5th of November 2017

I think it would with the right type of needle. You could ditch the fleece layer to make it thinner. I would just make sure that people aren't soaking wet, but more on the damp side.


Sunday 5th of November 2017

That was SERGER


Saturday 8th of July 2017

I'm afraid I'm just not handy enough to pull this one off. For the first time ever I bought a car in December with leather seats. First thing I did was fold the back seats down flat and put two old comforters back there for the dogs so they're not on the leather. To keep them out of shimmying into the front and riding shotgun I bought a cargo net type thing and one dog jumped over top of it when she spotted a cat, but luckily she didn't dig her toenails into the leather seat.

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