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:
*Needed for more advanced designs.
A cutting board is always nice because it preserves your blades and the surface in which you are cutting. A scrap piece of card board is fine too. Art stores generally have both.
A good exacto knife always comes in handy. You can get them at most art stores. Make sure to use a brand new blade.
Hole punch is necessary if you want your designs to have perforations. Tandy's Leather has plenty to choose from. http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/home/hom...
Rotary blades make cutting leather very easy. But for this project a good pair of scissors will be fine.
Pliers, and screw drivers are a staple in every house hold. You may need to look for smaller versions of both.
A good pair of scissors should not be difficult to find either.
Trace paper is carried in most art stores. But a legal size scrap of paper that is transparent will work fine too.
Sharpies, or equivalent, could be found in most homes….somewhere.
Barge Cement can be found at hardware stores and Tandy's. It is the strongest and most appropriate I've found so far.
If you want to paint your perforations Tandy's sells good water based paints that adhere to vegetan leather well. Your new cover will be black. You can decide on paint color once you start working on designs.
Rubber cement can be found at Tandy's and is found at most art stores.
Cheap masking tape will do just fine.
You might need a phillips head and/or allen head as well. It all depends on the type of saddle you chose.
Alcohol or similar cleaning agent will be necessary. I prefer Bestine. You might want to test it before fully applying. Chemicals like Goof Off can destroy materials.
Most leather retailers will have scraps. Order or buy a small piece of vegetan leather scrap. Maybe a few pieces larger than 6x6". Make sure it is thin, about 1-3oz. Your new leather cover should be apparel grade, 1-2oz. Black cow is the easiest color to start with.