Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Make your own trunk cover

****Update-  A lot of people seem to be interested in this trunk cover.  Full disclosure here... after using it for awhile, we've noticed that there's one big problem with the cover.  Every time we drive, the back bar pops out.  Grr....   So the cover holds up if the car is parked... but the back bar won't stay put if the car is moving.  So once hubby and I get some free time, we will tweak the design.  Does anyone have ideas with how to fix that problem?  Hrmm... I'll update you with our progress..... Sorry!*****



It's now been a year since we left Michigan and moved back to the East Coast.  Wow.  Time really flies.  

It's also been about a year since we lost our trunk cover.  Grrr movers!  We figured it was time to finally get a new one.  However, with trunk covers being so pricey, hubby and I took the thrifty way out and and made our own.  Here's what our trunk cover looks like:


It was really easy for us to design and hubby to sew.  In case you find yourself missing a trunk cover (grr, movers!), check out the directions below.

Materials:
- Two shower curtain rods
- Piece of fabric

Directions:  
1.  Measure the two distances (across the trunk) between the pairs of holes where the original trunk cover rested.  (These distances will determine what size shower curtain rods you buy.)

2.  Measure the distance between the two holes on one side of the car.

3.  Purchase

  • two shower curtain rods that will span the two distances across the trunk
  • a piece of fabric that will span the distance between your two rods (with an extra bit to create tube "sleeves" for your poles)

4.   Sew one tube "sleeve" to hold in one shower curtain rod.  Place your sleeved rod into the car and use chalk to determine how to sew the next curtain rod.  Then, sew your other tube "sleeve."   Insert your second rod in your sleeve.

Then, voila.  You've got your very own personalized trunk cover.

On the negative side, it won't be able to slide open and closed like your original one.  However, on the positive side, it covers the items in your trunk and was made for a fraction of the cost







Happy crafting!


18 comments:

  1. Wow. Your husband is very talented. Very, very talented. Maybe you should buy him a hamburger. Maybe you should get him a Shake Shack burger, or a double with bacon with cheese fries! Mmmmmm. Hubby loves burgers :) Ummmm... I mean, everyone loves burgers, obviously.

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    1. hrmm... i think i know who wrote this comment--- hubby!

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  2. I love the above comment :)
    You guys are tried and true DIY'ers. I'm always impressed :)
    Also... you have been gone for a year! Let me go in the corner and cry awhile. Oh, we miss you, but love that we will always be friends!

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  3. Brilliant. And now I love your husband, too! What a family.

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  4. Thanks Lisa and Susan! I'll pass your comments onto hubby. Happy July 4th!

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  5. This is brilliant!! So quick and easy, and inexpensive to make! And as a bonus, it rolls up for easy storage. (Unlike the one on my Prius that's just a molded piece of flocked plastic.) I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-diy-trunk-shade-for-a-hatchback/2013/09/04/
    --Anne

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    1. Thanks Anne! That's very kind of you. Unfortunately we still have some problems with the back bar popping out. :(. So, we're just trying to figure out ways to fix that. Maybe someone out there knows what to do?

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  6. What a great idea! I never thought of this! Thanks for sharing it :)- ollieorange

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  7. So cool! They sold me a used ford without one, saying I would have to buy a another one where it was included in the price. The price of mine and the others were the same. How crazy is that?

    I looked at mine and I would have to use a normal tension rod instead because my spaces are smaller. I am going to try a stretchy fabric because the back space opening faces the door and won't pop out if there is tension pulling it in the opposite direction. You might want to try that or place something in the bottom to block the opening where it keeps sliding out. Or you could also use a small tension rod in the back only to fit up in the small opening above where you have it now. I hope some of this helps. Thanks for the idea!

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  8. Hey, it looks like you could use a smaller-diameter tension rod (like a curtain rod) that would fit into the slot on the side of the back rod instead of a shower rod. Add a bungee cord to that goes from the front rod to the thinner back rod (or maybe one on each side), and that should hold it into the slot.

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  9. Ooh! These are great ideas. I felt a bit apstuck because I was so sure that our idea would work. Cross your fingers for us! And let me know what works for you.

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  10. What about some furniture caster cups attached to the sides with some outdoor-suitable (good for high and low temps) Command brand adhesive strips (or something similar)? That might hold your tension rods in place.

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  11. You could put velcro (hook & loop fastener tape) on the ends of the rod that is popping out, very inexpensive and would keep the rod from popping out when you are driving going over bumps, etc.

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    1. :) Thanks for that idea too. We're planning on doing a cross country trip soon... so I gotta fix that issue before we go!

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  12. I was thinking tension rod too - although, I just MacGuyver'd some stuff I had in the cellar, one is a tension rod the other a regular curtain rod. I might drive a screw through the rod to keep the two sides at the length I need it.

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    1. Let me know if that works for you. We still haven't put time into working this out... but everyone has been giving me great suggestions... so the answer's gotta be here somewhere.

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  13. I'd have used a roller shade that way the groove at the rear will work as intended. Most roller shades have a pocket at the bottom, just insert your rod there. If it doesn't have a pocket, make one.

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