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Designing Seat Patterns

I have a pair of Cavalier bucket seats I am going to recover this week. My question is I would like to do some Inserts in them a different color, and the original seats dont have an insert pattern. Since I am planning on copying the old seat pattern, can I stitch everything together, then design my pattern, and stitch it overtop ? I understand it will be raised over everything else, but will it look horrible. This is a first time seat upholstery for me, and I would hate to ruin 3 hides of leather.


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Just a suggestion but if you can make a pattern from some cheap fabric to see how it looks and goes together and then when you are happy make the covers form the good material..10 ounce cotton canvas makes a decent pattern and does not cost that much..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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You are right, it will look horrible and amateurish to do it the way you are talking about. The first thing to do is to draw the insert on the old seat cover with a magic marker while the seat cover is still on the frame. Once you have the insert for the seat back and the insert for the seat bottom the size you want, draw another line parallel to the insert lines 1/2" inside toward the center of the seat around the top and two sides of the insert. The bottom stays the same. This is the size of the opening you will need for the insert. If you add 1" to the top and two sides of the opening, you will have the size of the insert. Now you can take the old seat apart, cut out the openings for the inserts, cut the seats apart, and make your cutting patterns from the pieces. Check out this thread:CLICK HERE Also check out this thread: CLICK HERE These will give you all the info you need to do the job.

One thing you need to realize is that once you create the inserts, you will need to come up with a way to hold the insert down, either around the edges or the whole insert. That will define the insert area and make the seat look better.
This can be done by sewing in listings or by simply gluing down the entire insert. Make sure the seats are right before you glue anything. That method should be your last resort, 'cuz once it's done that way it's permanent.

Sam is right also. Don't try to do the seat covers out of the leather the first time around. Make your patterns, sew them up out of some inexpensive vinyl, and tweek your patterns until the seat covers look good before you start cutting up the leather.

No one lives forever, the trick is creating something that will.

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