Introduction: Make a Fabric Saddle Cover in 30min
I saw the BROOKS C17 Denim which is limited to 1000 pieces and costs 180€, that's way too much for my everyday bicycle but I like the idea of a denim cover.
I made a fabric cover out of a bandana a couple of years ago so I decided to make the new one out of denim.
Step 1: What You Need? and What to Look Out For!
1. A Saddle
I took my light weight saddle which has two broken rail mounts on the rear. The cracks in the saddle where eating into my pants while riding (I had some big holes im my pants). I hope the cover will protect my pants, eventually I will have to put a second layer on.
You could use any saddle you want but first you need to clean the surface!
2. Spray glue
I used the Tesa prof. spray glue permanent and I totally recommend it.
I bought the 500ml can almost ten years ago, covered a BMX in fabric, my car roof liner with leather, many small things and now after it had been sitting in my garden shed for the last two years I use it for this project as well.
3. A piece of fabric
I used some old jeans.
The thicker the better, if the fabric is too thin, the glue seeps through to the surface. That's no problem as long as everything is clean. But every little piece of dirt will mess up the surface as long as the glue isn't dry.
4. A knife or scalpel and some scissors
To cut the fabric, what else ;)
Step 2: Let's Get Started
There are two methods to start.
1. Cut the fabric first, then glue
The fabric should be slightly bigger then the saddle but I only recommend this method if the fabric is expensive and you want to use the leftovers for something else.
2. Glue first, then cut (my method)
Spray the glue on your parts (read the glue instructions).
Make sure the glue is spread evenly over the saddle.
After waiting the recommended time,
start laying the fabric on the front of your saddle.
Then press from the middle all the way to the back onto the saddle.
Now you can lay the sides down.
Step 3: Cutting
Now you can cut the fabric.
First cut the form roughly and then cut it with a 5-10mm overhang.
Then spray the glue on the overhang and the back side of your saddle and press both together.
I had much fabric at the nose so I sprayed more glue on the fabric to soak it, and pressed it together while it dried.
But not too much so the surface so wouldn't be soaked too !!! Because of my style saddle...
Step 4: The Finished Saddle
This is my finished saddle, I think it looks much better on my vintage bicycle than before.