3rd Gear Poster
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: I live in Central Virginia.
Real French Leather Steering wheel covers
I have always loved a nice thick soft steering wheel. After watching Top Gear and some of the high dollar sports cars they have with huge steering wheels, I decided to take things in my own hands, so to speak. I work in a saddle shop and we get some of the best leather there is. If there is the tiniest mark on the leather we don't use that part. So I get to pick and choose the best of the scrap we toss out.
I took a piece and stitched the ends together in a fold over for high strength, but that left a large seam. The ones I make now are overlaped about 3/4 of an inch and make a much flatter seam than what you see here. I got the thickness I wanted by using a slide on type wheel cover from WalMart and pulling my wet leather cover over it. Then used a curved needle and some waxed Tiger thread to do the inner stitching. It took some work and while this install is not perfect, it is very nice to drive with.
I am planning on doing another with the better seam design and and remembering to be careful that the seam line doesn't twist as you will note on my steering wheel.
IF anyone is interested I will make a video that shows how to install these and sell them a cover that is stitched on the ends and ready to be installed on their car.