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Seat Belt Pillow Tutorial

June 1, 2016

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Sew up a simple seat belt pillow perfect for passenegers to take a nap on road trips! AD
One of the things I always look forward to each year, is summer road trips – with the car windows open wide, making waves in the air with my hands, as we rush past the soybean fields that have yet to be harvested. As we approach a tomato stand on the side of the road, I see large bold words on a cardboard sign: BOILED PEANUTS $5 A BAG. I beg Hubs to stop the car – I spent many summers as a child chowing on bags of roadside boiled peanuts, and I never turn down the rare opportunity to enjoy them now. Though, I love road trips, I never just hop in the car and go, I always prepare beforehand – in my mind, there is never any reason not to prepare for issues that could be avoided like getting an oil change, making sure you have fresh wiper blades and your windshield fluid is topped off, etc., but one thing you might not think of is your engine’s air filter. A clean air filter helps improve the airflow to your engine and prevents dirt and dust from entering your engine which can in turn, damage that vital piece of your vehicle. A dirty air filter restricts airflow to the engine, which can lessen the ability to accelerate and have horsepower while on the road, while even still, reduces overall engine performance. A clean air filter increases your vehicle’s ability to accelerate, gives you the horsepower you need and want, and helps improve the overall performance of your car’s engine! Most engine air filters can be changed in 5 minutes or less, with just a few simple tools, but first, a stop at Walmart is in store, to get a new FRAM Extra Guard filter! I stopped in at Walmart and picked up a FRAM Extra Guard filter from the auto care department to prepare for our road trip – there is a vast selection of FRAM Extra Guard filters at Walmart to fit many makes and models of vehicles. FRAM recommends changing your air filter annually or every 12,000 miles – follow recommended change intervals as noted in your vehicle owner’s manual.

Sew up a simple seat belt pillow perfect for passenegers to take a nap on road trips! AD
Are you ready to see just how easy it is change out your engine’s air filter? Then let’s go!

How to Change the Engine Air Filter

  • Locate the filter housing in your vehicle and remove the clips (the housing in your car might be screwed in, like ours)
  • Remove the old filter
  • Wipe down the filter cover and housing
  • Install your new FRAM Extra Guard filter
  • Replace the housing cover and fasten the clips or screws

That’s it! That was incredibly quick and easy!

Sew up a simple seat belt pillow perfect for passenegers to take a nap on road trips! ADSew up a simple seat belt pillow perfect for passenegers to take a nap on road trips! AD
If we never got anywhere and just kept driving, I would be perfectly content, but without question, I hear the words squeak from a little voice behind me: “are we there yet?”. Little ones haven’t yet mastered the art of enjoying the peace and quiet, so it’s an absolute must to prepare various road trip activities for them, to help ensure that you can enjoy the peace and quiet. As much as I love Little Man, it would be completely OK with me, if he drifted off into a sweet slumber while on the road. To help encourage your backseat rider to take a road trip nap, I am sharing a seat belt pillow tutorial, complete with a pocket for an MP3 player!

Seat Belt Pillow Tutorial

Materials:

1/2 yard of fabric (choose something soft)
4 pieces of grosgrain ribbon measuring 3″ inches long each and 1 inch wide
4, 1 inch pieces of sew on hook and loop tape
Pins
12 oz fiber fill
Matching thread

Sew up a simple seat belt pillow perfect for passenegers to take a nap on road trips! ADSew up a simple seat belt pillow perfect for passenegers to take a nap on road trips! ADSew up a simple seat belt pillow perfect for passenegers to take a nap on road trips! AD

  • Start by cutting out two pieces of fabric measuring 15 1/4″ x 8 1/4″
  • Cut one piece of fabric that measures 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″
  • Take the fabric that measures 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″ and fold the top over 1/2 an inch twice to make a hem
  • Sew the 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″ on the edge of the fold to create a hem
  • Place the 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″ fabric on top of one piece of the 15 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ with both sides right side up
  • Place the other piece of 15 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ fabric on top of the 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″ and 15 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ wrong side up and pin the fabric layers together
  • Pin the hook tape to the end of two pieces of ribbon
  • Pin the loop tape to the end of the other two pieces of ribbon
  • Sew along the edges of the hook and loop to attach it to the ribbon

Note: When you pin the ribbon pieces to the pillow form, make sure that you have a piece of hook AND loop tape at the top and piece of hook AND loop at the bottom

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  • Measure 2 inches down from the top of the fabric and sandwich the grosgrain ribbon with loop tape, between the fabric layers and pin into place (the ribbon should be lined up with the future hem {everything should be inside out right now, if your ribbon is sticking out of the fabric, that means that the ribbon is right side out and you need to sandwich the ribbon inside of the fabric.})
  • Measure 1 3/4″ inches up from the bottom of the fabric and sandwich the grosgrain ribbon with loop tape between the fabric layers and pin (the ribbon should be lined up with the future hem {everything should be inside out right now, if your ribbon is sticking out of the fabric, that means that it’s right side out and you need to put the ribbon inside of the fabric.})
  • Repeat the two steps above for the other two pieces of ribbon with the hook tape
  • Sew all the way around the fabric on the 1/4″ line, but leave a small opening at the bottom,for stuffing with the fiber fill
  • Turn the pillow form right side out
  • Fill the pillow form with fiber fill making it as firm or fluffy as you’d like
  • Once you’re happy with the firmness of the pillow, take the open ends of fabric and fold the fabric so the raw edges are on the inside of the pillow, pin and sew on the edge of the pillow to seal

Note: Since this seat belt pillow is for napping, I like to give Little Man a pair of wireless headphones to use with his MP3 player.

Now it’s time to attach the pillow to the seat belt and slip an MP3 player into the pillow pocket, so your littles can nap on the way to your vacation destination, without anymore “are we there yet?”…hopefully! So, before you head off on your road trip, stop in at Walmart to pick up a FRAM Extra Guard filter, which is your engine’s first line of defense!

What are you tips and tricks for making the road trip portion of your trip a success?

Sew up a simple seat belt pillow perfect for passenegers to take a nap on road trips! ADSew up a simple seat belt pillow perfect for passenegers to take a nap on road trips! ADSew up a simple seat belt pillow perfect for passenegers to take a nap on road trips! ADSew up a simple seat belt pillow perfect for passenegers to take a nap on road trips! AD

  • Debbie E June 1, 2016 at 10:52 am

    your fabrics are so awesome!!! love the pillow idea,,adorbs!!

    • Heather September 9, 2016 at 12:50 am

      Thank you Debbie!

  • Elina June 7, 2016 at 12:45 am

    That looks very usefyl and very easy to do! Our summer is full of long car trips as well and this would be great help.

  • Martie June 7, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Super cute idea! I have to have some kind of cover over my seat belt, especially in summer when I wear tank tops and such, because it always hits me right on my neck and scratches me. I think a pillow would be way better than the fuzzy wrap I’ve been using! I’ll have to pin this project for later! Thanks!

    • Heather September 9, 2016 at 12:50 am

      Oooh yes, yes, yes I know what you’re talking about! That’s a good idea to use this for! Thank you Martie!

  • Laurie June 7, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Little Man is getting so big! How fast the years go. Love the idea of the seat belt cover! I think I could have used one myself on our last road trip :) Thanks for sharing at Brag About It! Pinned to share.

    • Heather September 9, 2016 at 12:49 am

      Oh I know I need to take this along for myself! They do go by so quickly! Thank you Laurie!

  • Sara June 9, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    What an adorable seat belt pillow! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!