Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Puppy Car Seat!

For this week’s One Day Build, Adam designs and fabricates an accessory for his new car to make rides more comfortable for his two dogs! Making this doggy car seat is going to require sewing, which lets Adam utilize the cave’s new sewing station. Awesome!

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48 thoughts on “Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Puppy Car Seat!

  1. I am guessing it is the new Prius? How is it as a car? Looks really roomy and comfy. Great video, bet your dogs are so much happier!

  2. An easier attachment method for others making similar things may be to use the existing Latch hard points that child seats use. You’d have to have a buckle that would fit the bars in the seat, but these could be salvaged from an old car seat.

  3. It was funny watching Attom mess up with sewing. I loved how excited he was with the sewing it inside out thing. It was a great video though.

  4. I’m curious as to why you chose to sew the two cushions together permanently instead of a modular configuration with a zipper. That way if you happen to have one dog and three people they can all be comfortable. Or do you just use a different vehicle if that happens?

  5. Aw happy nice doggies 🙂 Great vid and great to see sewing, my Mom used to make clothes for herself and me and my brother when we were kids, and they were as good as shop-bought, she was an expert. She lost interest in it years ago though as she never went anywhere fancy to show off her handiwork, which was a shame. She’d be interested to hear about the no-pin clips though, I bet.

    An unrelated question – what was the music that started at 17:44? It’s great 🙂

  6. I agree with I think I’d’ve attached via either clips to the carseat anchors or more simply by having pass-throughs for the seatbelt receptacles, so it could be ‘buckled’ in.

    I’m a little surprised at two omissions: a cover for the back of the seat, and doggy seatbelts (keeping pups safe in accidents, and also keeping them from wandering around the car too much at other times).

    Tackling the hard part first is definitely the right way to do it: if it’s really a complex problem, it may require changes in the easier parts to support the hard solution. Also, if it’s a research problem, you’ll find out fast if what you wan’t isn’t really possible.

  7. Also, I think for ease of construction I’d’ve connected the two cushions via a large piece of velcro instead of sewing them together.

  8. Also, I think for ease of construction I’d’ve connected the two cushions via a large piece of velcro instead of sewing them together.

  9. Digging the new style in this video, seems like you’re trying a few new things visually and musically.

  10. a trick about putting the cushion in the case. With the case inside out, grab the corner of the pillow with the corner that it should be (hand inside the the inverted case). Then pull the cover around the pillow. More or less in place. (spent a summer making beds, get pretty quick with pillowcases)

  11. I’m a little surprised at two omissions: a cover for the back of the seat, and doggy seatbelts (keeping pups safe in accidents, and also keeping them from wandering around the car too much at other times).

    I hope the omission of doggy seatbelts was made because it as easier to shoot that way.

  12. Nice. Video reminded me of the PBS Saturday morning sewing programs, I hated them because they did everything perfectly. It is good to see a little ripping and redoing and hearing the reasons why….

    I was not paying attention to some of it because I was checking out the sewing table – really nice table, the clear drawers make sense, easier to find things. The top looks like a surface that allows the fabric to move (unlike wood). Is it an early shop project ?

  13. Loving the one day builds.

    I lived in a share apartment after a costume design student had moved out. One afternoon I stubbed my toe on something under the coffee table. Turned out it was a seam-ripper and it was stuck in my big toe up to the hilt.

    Just thought I’d share.

  14. ‘Nap’ is the word for the directional attribute that some fabrics have, including corduroy. I love using those little clips too, and I enjoy the process of designing the finished article then solving how to construct it. Making things from patterns is a good way to learn the techniques and the fabrics. I’m getting a lot of practise with cotton drill and polar fleece 🙂

    I would have gone out to the car at several points to check it was all going to fit.

    A great solution to a problem that sounded easy at first but had a few complexities along the way.

  15. My profile pic is one of our families’ rescues (Olly, my bed buddy. Keeps the blankets warm on these winter nights.) , I loved this build vid, and Iove Adam even more for learning his dos are rescues as well.

    Loved this vid, esp for the way it showed the real process of making something new – oh, that didn’t work? Let’s try again…. perfectly fits the nature of making something new.

  16. Don’t you just love Kai scissors and wonder clips?! I have 7 pairs of their scissors and talked the clips up so much to a friend I had to give him my set (I had more on order before I got home). Is that the new Janome machine you were talking about on tour? How are you liking it so far? I’m so happy to see you sewing Adam, I hope you’re having fun! Hope your pups like their new seats.

  17. I have a few pairs of Gingher 4″ knife edge scissors for backcutting ripstop nylon. I couldn’t imagine using any other scissor for that job. As to the fact that I have more than a dozen pairs of scissors…? I may have a problem.

  18. Pro tip – My mom is a professional quilter and prefers to use safety pins on her projects because you can simply sew over them instead of having to stop and remove them like the clips. To reduce the risk of stabbing herself and reduce fatigue she started using a grape fruit spoon to open and close them. The serrated edge holds the pin perfectly.

  19. I’ve got one of those bobbin winders, and I’ve never managed to get a tightly-wound bobbin off it — what’s your trick, Adam?

    Seam rippers are good, but for heavy fabrics I’m partial to using an X-acto knife to cut mis-sewn seams. It takes a certain amount of care, but once you get some practice it’s a little faster than a seam ripper. (I picked that trick up working with a repair department that dealt with a lot of busted jean zippers.)

  20. Watching this and I had flash backs to my nana telling me to IRON MY SEAMS – it makes for a nicer finish. Trimming your seam corners makes the fabric sit better as well.

    You can also get foam inner cushions used for outdoor furniture they would last longer, give more support and sit better on the car seat. they would squeeze right in to the cover if you cut them down to fit.

    sorry for the suggestions- I loved the video- any body who has ever spent time sewing felt your pain having to unpick everything and then picking out all the bits of thread.

  21. Forgot only one important thing if you love your dogs and that are seat belts for the dogs. What if you have to break very hard? Do you want your dogs trough the front window?

    For the rest excellent work.

  22. I am surprised he didn’t tie it into the existing seatbelt buckles or the isofix points.
    The dogs seem to be very happy with it though. Huxley is gorgeous too.

    I probably would have gone with alcantara instead of too, but that’s just me.

  23. Loved the video. Especially loved the pups’ appearance at the end!

    It’s great to see videos where Adam is constructing things with fabric and using a sewing machine. My 10-year-old nephew, Caleb, is a big fan of Adam’s. I think it’s great for him to see his heroes using all manner of tools to make things, especially when said tools are “more commonly” used by women.

  24. I notice that Adam doesn’t zigzag stitch the raw edges of his seams. Is he using glue (or some other method) to prevent the seam fraying?

  25. Love the one day build videos, keep them coming!

    You talked about 2 great tools, the fabric marker and the tiny clips, but never said make/model/brand. Anyone know what those actually were? I would love to buy them for my wife.

  26. What about a clock on the wall?? Don’t need to be the right time, just to have a sensation about how long it took to do each part.

  27. ‘Nap’ is the word for the directional attribute that some fabrics have, including corduroy.

    Yeah and a lot of fabric has that type of thing in ways you don’t expect if you haven’t used it before. For example, I tried sewing some winter neck gators and toques a couple years ago and found out that fleece has a peculiar directional property. Fleece only stretches along one axis and it is not at all stretchy the other way. Imagine my surprise when my neckwarmer stretched vertically -top hole to bottom hole- and not horizontally so you can stretch it around your head to pull it on. In other words, my tube of fleece stretched in to a longer tube instead of the desired wider tube.

  28. Aw man I had to make an account just to say how surprised I am that Adam doesn’t restrain his dogs in the car! Just watching him put his own seatbelt on and then drive off was crazy! You could tell that it was the norm by the way he talked about it.

    Hey Adam mate, I got a few dash am videos you should watch. After you finish vomiting, the first thing you will do is buy a doggy seatbelt.

  29. When the dogs got in the front corners turned up quite a bit by the doors. I wonder if different sizing of to and bottom would help with that or just a stay in the corners by the doors.

    also why would you let your dogs in through the front? then they go over your seat, which isn’t protected. odd.

  30. The one thing I see missing is something to cover the back of the seats to keep the dogs from messing them up. But…I have an FJ Cruiser…if I send you the dimensions, can you make me one for my Newfoundland??? 🙂

  31.   I wondered at why he didn’t use the LATCH system, too! But, maybe he uses those for dog seatbelts….I use the back tether, for mine!

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