How to Sew Leather Seats

You can sew leather seats for a car or for your home, whether new or to repair a scratch or tear. By learning a few tricks to sew leather, you can make numerous projects from this durable fabric.

Supplies You Will Need

To sew leather, you will need: sewing machine, leather, measuring tape, marking pen, leather needle, polyester thread, rotary cutter, two-sided leather tape, and leather presser. Choose a thicker leather piece as seats are prone to more wear and tear than other projects may be.

Step 1 – Design Your Project

Before you can begin, you will need to design the leather seats. You might be able to find patterns in craft books or on craft websites. Drawing out the end results you want helps to determine how much leather you need to buy. Plus, you will know how to measure your leather pieces. Look at other seats you want to emulate to see how they are constructed.

Step 2 – Measure Your Leather Pieces and Cut Them

Take the measuring tape and measure out the leather pieces you need. A basic seat cushion will only need two pieces of round leather. To make these even, you will want to have a compass to draw the perfect circle shapes. Or you can eyeball your measurements, checking the diameter at several points for consistency.

If you have another large piece of circular fabric, that can help you measure and mark the leather to cut it. Cutting the leather may take a rotary cutter, if the leather is very thick. But if the leather is thin, a pair of scissors or a razor blade will work. Just be sure the blade is very sharp so that the cuts are even, rather than jagged.

Step 3 – Sew the Leather into Shape

Taking the sewing machine and inserting polyester thread into the spool as well as a leather needle into the foot, you can begin to sew. Take your time and use long stitches to secure the fabric. If you use too short of stitches, this can weaken the seams and cause the leather to rip apart. Knot the threads at the start and at the end of the sewing, especially when you’ve stitched the pieces by hand.  You can sew leather by hand, but it’s difficult to do so evenly. Zigzag stitches can also be appealing and tough enough to hold leather together.

Step 4 – Finishing Touches for Leather Seats

The seat should then be filled with some thick filler or cotton to help give it a soft feel. The thicker the material, the better, however, as this will maintain its shape. You might also want to add trim to the seams, if the seat is decorative. Others like to create patchwork seats with different kinds of leather: suede, cow skin, and pigskin. Just be sure the pieces are large enough so as not to be pulled too tightly in the design.

Leather seats help to add resilient cushioning to the car or home. With a few simple steps, you can add leather to your life.