Time to Sew Some Leather
I bought two
MoreThanLeather.com and needed about 1-1/4 hides to do a
complete interior panel set including kidney pads. They
get their hides from
Eagle Ottawa which is one of the largest suppliers
of leather to the automotive industry. There's a lot of
waste with hides as they're shaped like a cow with no
body attached! Four little skinny hide legs and even a
neck hole..........it freaked my wife out. For some
reason Eagle Ottawa dies the suede side of their hides a
rich red color which looks nice except it amplifies any
mistakes by showing through the leather.
I actually have two sets
of hard board templates: One set is for cutting the
panels that will be used for the back boards and the
foam and another set that's about 3" larger that is used
for cutting the vinyl/leather. There's a couple of
"tools" that made the cutting work much easier: a self
healing cutting mat and a rotary cutter.
|This is a 2x3
foot self healing cutting mat that won't
damage the cutting blade
The mat has all
kinds of measurement markings that my wife
uses for her sewing.
This 60mm rotary
cutter makes it very easy to cut vinyl,
leather and foam.
One of my pet peeves with
the stock interior panels was that the foam behind the
vinyl was barely 1/64" thick and, as a result, the
panels had very little depth or definition. I also
didn't like the fact that all of the seams were heat
sealed or.......... melted vinyl. I decided to use 1/4"
pleating foam on all of my panels to give them the look
that I wanted. This was both a good thing and a bad
thing! More on the bad thing later.
My plan was to follow the
making of one door panel from start to finish but I
forgot to take some of the pictures showing the process
jump back to the door panel which now has the pleating
foam glued to the back.
few pictures of how I sewed my wheel arch covers which
were the most difficult pieces to sew.
Here's some detail on
how to get the door
pocket to fit.......