1 x Old steering wheel
1 x long strip of cardboard/card stock
1 x long strip of leather/suede/alcantara
Step 1: Inspection
You can reupholster the wheel on or off the car.
Taking it off makes things a bit easier, but is optional.
To remove your steering wheel:
Please proceed with caution...
Head to your local mechanic if you're having trouble.
*Disconnect the battery*
Unplug the necessary cables (airbag etc)
Remove the horn cover (Screws behind the steering wheel)
Remove the bolt on the center of the wheel.
Remove steering wheel.
Step 2: Removing the original cover
Take note as to how the cover is put together.
In this case the original cover had a machine stitch 4mm from the seam edge.
The machine stitched edge is then hand sewn together.
To remove the original cover, use a blade or a seam ripper to dismantle the stitching.
Tip: Mark where the patterns fall on the steering wheel with a white pencil.
Step 4: Create patterns
Put it against your cardstock/cardboard.
Trace the pattern directly.
When you cut the pattern out.
Cut on the inside of the traced line
(so you don't enlarge the pattern)
Transfer the pattern onto your choice of leather/suede/alcantara
cut the leather to size.
Tip: If you don't feel comfortable cutting a fresh piece of leather,
try it on scrap fabric first!
Tip: You only need to trace 1/2 of the pattern. Flip it for the other side.
Step 5: Ready to wrap
Also connect the ends of the leather pattern with a closed seam.
Step 7: Checking fitment
Check to see if your pattern fits in those lines.
(You shouldn't have to, but trim if necessary.)