After we put up new wallpaper in our apartment I wanted to do over our hallway sitting furniture. I love this piece of furniture. It's perfect to sit on and tie your shoes, and store gloves and stuff under the cushion and in the boxes.
I painted the furniture white and my girlfriend painted two more layers. I then got to work on the cushion.
English isn't my first language, so I apologize if there's any incorrect grammar or spelling.
PS I have left lots of notes on the pictures.
Step 1: Tools, Materials and Ideas
An acquaintance was getting rid of his leather sofa and two chairs. I stripped the sofa and one of the chais for leather. I also used bits from a leather cushion i got from my aunt.
I scrapped down ideas for design and measurements in a notepad.
Step 2: Measurement
I measured the lenght and widht of the piece and then divided the lenght by 4 and width by 3 (in order with my desing). By doing that I got the length of the diagonal of the squares I was going to use. I drew the diagonal on squared paper and cut out the pieces of paper and added 0.5 cm on all sides for seam allowance. For the design I used 3 different templates: squares, triangles along the edges and the pac-man pieces for the corners.
Step 3: Dyeing
First of all I cleaned the leather with leather shampoo, because it had been used.
After I had wiped it with a rag I dyed it with brown dye (narvsvärta). I hadn't dyed big pieces like this before, so thats why the brown/red-ish pieces has some spots on it and look weird on the middle one to the left.
I used a rag to dye the upper two pieces to get a bit more colour difference between the pieces.
The bottom pieces I used a sponge. It soaked up quite a bit of dye though, so I recomend you use some kind that doesn't soak up as much.
To make the pieces a little shinier I used leather oil.
I also dyed the pieces from the sofa just a little bit to fill in cat scratch marks and make it a bit darker.
Use gloves if you don't want colour on your hands, and make sure to protect your table if you don't want spots on it. I laid a garbage bag on my table to protect it from the dye.
Step 4: Cutting
Step 5: Punching Holes
I used a piece of 0.5 cm wide paper for a while to get a feel of the seam allowance. After a while I just used eye measure.
Step 6: Sewing
Sew the pieces front to front so the seam goes on the side that won't be shown on the final product. I used a vice (with two planks to get it a bit higher up) for a while, but prefered to just sew the pieces in my lap.
The sewing technique I always use is saddle stitching. Two needles are used and are basically crossing eachother through every hole. Here is a Instructables guide on the technique: How-to-saddle-stitch-leather
After every side (and when changing thread) I put the needles through a loop and did a double knot.
Step 7: Still Sewing
Step 8: Attaching the Piece to the Cushion.
Step 9: Finished!