A back seat mirror can run you $10-20 on a regular day, but why spend all of that if you can spend $5 (or LESS) and make your own? I originally tried this out using hot glue, which I advise against (it melts) — but now I’ve got all the kinks worked out, and this mirror works like a dream:
What you need
- Mirror — that one is $3 on Amazon, but I got mine at The Dollar Store
- Fabric (craft stores oftentimes have scraps for free)
- Felt – this sample bag is $10, but single sheets are usually less than 50 cents
- Elastic ($1.10 online)
How you do it
1. Buy a Dollar Store Mirror and clip off the handle.
We were thinking we’d saw it off, but my husband just grabbed some gardening clipper and it came off super easy.
2. Trace around mirror to make pattern, and cut out four layers of your fabric.
Measure how much elastic you’ll need and how tight it should be. Cut it according to your need — it should hold really tight.
3. Cut a square out of two of the fabrics.
4. Cut out felt for softness, to be placed between the fabrics.
5. Place right sides together of fabrics with square cut out of it. Sew around the inside square.
6. Flip right side out and iron down.
7. Place felt between both fabrics (the one with the square in it and between the other two fabrics)
8. Place fabrics together with square fabric on top of the other, with elastic placed in all four centers of each side. Pin in place. Sew all around, making sure to catch the elastic and double reinforcing it.
9. Flip right side out. Place mirror inside.
10. Loop onto your headrest. All set!