Save Your Seats With a DIY Washable Dog Car Seat Cover

Free your car from dirty pawprints all while making your four-legged friend's ride a lot more comfortable.

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Learn how to make a DIY washable car seat cover to protect your seats from four-legged messes.
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If you own a dog, odds are the interior of your car makes that fact pretty obvious. Fur on the carpet, paw prints on the seat and an unexplainable amount of dirt and grass all over your backseat. The only way to avoid these dog ownership side effects is to spend an arm and a leg on one of those fancy car seat covers — until now.

Materials Needed

  • 4’ -x- 5’ canvas drop cloth
  • measuring tape
  • pen
  • grommet kit
  • hammer
  • scrap piece of wood
  • nylon strapping
  • side-release buckles
  • household sponge
  • scissors
  • fabric paint

Prep Canvas

Start by measuring, marking and adding your grommets to the canvas. Measure 8 inches and 15 inches from the corner on the short side and place a grommet at each mark. Repeat on the remaining three corners.

Add Nylon Strapping

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

When adding your strapping, you don’t need a certain measurement, just enough be able to tighten and loosen as needed. Slide a piece of nylon through each set of two grommets and add the side-release buckles once threaded through.

Finish Off With Paw “Prints”

Easily up the cuteness factor of your new seat cover by adding stamped pawprints. Just cut a dish sponge into a large paw pad shape and a small digital pad (aka doggie toe) shape. Use fabric paint to stamp the shape in place. Just like that, your car seats are safe and clean, and you still have money for gas!

Car Seat Protector Covers Seats and Protects Them From Dog

A Happy Dog Sits Up in the Back of a Car and Smiles

A beautiful dog sits in the back of a car on top of a car seat protector covered in stamps of paw prints. The dog is smiling and wearing a checkered bandana.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

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