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In this Instructable you will learn how to design and construct your own custom reupholstered bicycle saddle out of genuine leather. More advanced instructions will teach you how to add perforations to your embossed logo, as depicted. General instructions will teach you how to emboss a personalized logo without perforations. This Instructable includes text, supplemental audio, images with text, and support video.

If you've been digging in the bins at your local cycling cooperative and your used five dollar saddle needs a little love?

If your favorite saddle for years has been tattered by wear and tear?

If you just purchased a new frame and need to personalize the saddle it came with?

If you just invested in a custom frame and are considering other ways to make your bike unique?

If your plastic cover does not breath and is causing chaffing to your privates?

After this Instructable you will be able to:

  • Deconstruct an existing saddle.
  • Prep a saddle for reupholstery.
  • Design a unique surface for your saddle.
  • Create a pattern for your saddle.
  • Cut and punch your new cover.
  • Apply and adhere your new cover.

Topics include:

  • Deconstruction.
  • Surface and Graphic Design.
  • Pattern Making.
  • Subtraction Fabrication.
  • Prototyping.


  1. 1-3 oz Vegetan Leather.
  2. 1-2 oz Black Apparel Leather.


  1. Saddle.
  2. Barge Cement, or equivalent.
  3. Rubber Cement, or equivalent.
  4. Masking Tape.
  5. Transparent Paper, or equivalent.
  6. Cleaning Alchohol, or equivalent.
  7. *Paint


  1. Screw Drivers; flat, phillips,
  2. Allen Head.
  3. Pliers.
  4. Exacto Knife, with new blade.
  5. Ruler, preferably metal.
  6. Scissors.
  7. Computer/Printer
  8. *Rotary Cutter.
  9. *Hole Punch.
  10. *Mallet or Hammer.

*Needed for more advanced designs.


I'm hosting an onsite class at Berkeley's Missing Link Bike store on Sept 20th. Click below for details…


A few of you have contacted me directly about purchasing materials. Small pieces of leather can be difficult to buy and whole hides are expensive. Look into goat skin at Tandy's which is thin, strong and very easy to work with, and the hides are smaller and less expensive. I can also sell you a pieces of anything you might need if you are really struggling. Contact me at mark@indiarose.com

Oh, and I may be generating kits some time in August. I often teach onsite classes and will provide all materials, tools and supplies. Happy to do extras if you are interested. Just let me know. MCB

A concept sketch for those of you who are a part of the rebel alliance (tie fighter not included). Click http://www.mcbsuture.com/new-page/ for more ideas.


I really did not expect this type of response. Thank you. Anyone interested in seeing more ideas click on mcbsuture.com

Post ideas for saddle (icons/logos/symbols?) and maybe I will create another Instructable for you (everyone).


very very nice, will definitely try to make one when I wil have enough time :) thank you for the idea !

These are all really beautiful!

That looks great! How about the design being covered with EL paper instead of being painted? Light will shine through the perforations and you have a glowing bottom ;P

Haha love it! And so appropriate since aliens have a habit of probing that area of the human body. ;D

Rule number one with encounters of the first kind: never squat on a UFO.

best comment I've seen so far. keep it up.

Oh goodness. I will never sell it now.

You should enter this in the leather working contest http://www.instructables.com/contest/leatherworking/

Thank you. Hopefully it will make the cut in the next few days. Would love your vote.

Nice, this looks really cool! I love the alien face detail.