Fat Quarter Projects: Reversible Sunshade

If you missed my Reversible Sunshade a few weeks ago on UCreate then now is your chance to get in on some summer sun relief!

Reversible Sunshade

It’s been hot and sunny here in Colorado, so my sunshades have been in use quite a bit by my kids. If you or your kids are looking for a little relief from the sun while driving around then you will love this tutorial!



  • Two fat quarters
  • Elastic
  • Scissors
  • 4 – One inch diameter suction cups with attached hooks (I found mine in the kitchen department of a store)
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Sewing machine


Step 1: Iron and cut both fat quarters to 17 inch x 17 inch.  Depending on the size of your car window you may want to make your sun shade larger or smaller.

Step 2: Place the fat quarters right side together and line up all corners. Pin in place and snip the corners.


Step 3: Cut 4 pieces of 3 inch long elastic. Fold each piece in half and insert one in each corner with the tails sticking out as shown. Pin elastic in place.

Step 4: Sew on every side along the edge with a half inch allowance, leaving a 2 inch opening along one side.

Step 5: Turn the shade right side out through the 2 inch opening. This is what your corners should look like now.

Step 6: Iron flat and sew along the edge with a one-quarter allowance to close the 2 inch opening and create a polished, professional finish.


Step 7: Place the suction cups on the inside of your car window and hook the elastic on all four hooks.

Look out summer sun, we’ve got shade!

The Real Deal: This fat quarter sunshade cost less than $6 to make.

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  1. While this is a very cute original idea, I suspect the Highway Patrol would give you a warning for obstructing the view in your vehicle. A better solution might be to have the rear windows covered with a film to prevent UVA/UVB light from penetrating the interior of your auto which will also lengthen the life of the upholstery.

    • I was thinking this very thing-not only would we probably get pulled over, I don’t like driving when my view is obstructed.

      • Yea I don’t recommend putting it on your windshield.

  2. Ok, if you don’t want to completely obstruct the view, just make the same thing but out of mesh screening, one layer and bound. They sell that stuff by the yard or find a mesh screen to customize in shape at the car wash.
    I think this is a great idea, a lot nicer and easier than struggling to roll the window up on a towel or little blanket.

  3. I believe they are intended for your rear seat passengers , not front seat. Keep the sun off your babies type thing .

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