Tutorial: Steering Wheel Cover


We’ve had some pretty hot days here, and with my car parked on the street facing south, my steering wheel has been unbearably hot. Of course, steering wheel covers are ridiculously expensive to buy, so I decided to make my own. And since I did it a little differently than any of the tutorials I could find, I thought I’d post one for you!

Here’s what you need:
Fabric to use as your main (outer) fabric
Batting (I used Warm and Natural)
Fabric to use as your lining (this will be against the steering wheel, so you won’t see it)
Grip Shelf Liner
1/4″ elastic

The first thing you need to do is measure your steering wheel.

Measure around the handle part of your steering wheel to determine the width of your cover. Mine was 4″:


Next, measure the circumference of your steering wheel to determine the length of your cover. Mine was 46″:


Cut out your pieces. These are the measurements I used. Adjust as necessary to fit your steering wheel:

A 6″ x 48″ strip of the main fabric (width measurement + 2″ x length measurement + 2″)
A 4″ x 48″ strip of batting (width measurement x length measurement + 2″)
A 4″ x 48″ strip of the lining fabric (width measurement x length measurement + 2″)
A 2″ x 20″ strip of shelf liner (if your measurements are different, you can fit this to your cover later)
2 pieces of elastic, each 35″ long (if your measurements are different, cut pieces longer than you think you need)


Now that you have your pieces cut out, let’s start putting your cover together!

Fold and press the long edges of your main fabric under 1/4″.


Fold and press under again 3/4″ to conceal the raw edges.


Now, place your batting on top of your main fabric, and tuck the long edges of the batting under the folds you just created in the main fabric. Trim any edges of your batting that are wider than the fold so that everything lays flat.


Repeat with your lining fabric. The right side of your lining fabric should be facing up.


So, you should have a sandwich, of your main fabric (wrong side up), batting, and then lining fabric (right side up). Make sure everything is laying smooth and lining up.


Now, keeping the lining and batting together, take just those two pieces and bring the short ends together, so that the lining is on the inside, and the batting is on the outside. Sew with a 1/2″ seam. Trim the batting close to the seam. Set aside.


Take your main fabric, and bring the short ends together (right sides together). Unfold the creases close to the edge so that you can sew the whole edge together. Sew with a 1/2″ seam. Press the seam open. Re-fold the long edges in, and press those, too.


You should now have one circle of your main fabric, and one circle of your batting/lining fabric. Fit the batting/lining circle back into the main fabric like we had it when it was flat. The lining fabric should be facing up, and the edges should be under the folds in the main fabric. Sew around both edges, close to the inner fold, leaving a couple of inches open to insert your elastic.


Here’s where we use the shelf liner. This keeps your cover from sliding around your steering wheel too much while you’re driving. Take your 2″ strip of shelf liner, and cut 8 rectangles that fit across the lining. Mine were 2 1/4″ long. Hand sew the 2″ edges to the fold of the main fabric, leaving the other edges free, and spacing the rectangles evenly around the cover.


Note: After driving with this a few days, I can tell you that the shelf liner grips a lot better when it is hot. You could try sewing a strip of liner all the way around the cover, which I thought about doing but wasn’t sure about it bunching up after inserting the elastic. If you try this, let me know how it works!

Insert your elastic into both casings, checking fit on your steering wheel if necessary, then sew ends together, and sew the openings closed, lining up with your previous stitching close to the inner fold.

Put your cover on your steering wheel and enjoy not getting burned 🙂

Let me know if you make one of these, I’d love to see it!

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