How to Reupholster a Truck Seat

How to Reupholster a Truck Seat

Whether you restore cars as a hobby or if you just have need for new seats in your vehicle, we’ve got a great tutorial for you. The seats in pickup trucks often take a beating. Trucks are used hard and if it’s a work vehicle, especially, your truck seats see a lot of in and out and wear and tear. We’re going to show you how you can sew your own seat covers for a truck.

The seats in this 1976 Ford F350 had seen so much use they were disintegrating. To recreate the seat covers, we removed the entire seat from the truck and removed the cover. We patterned our new cover from what remained of the original.

Just like before, we used a vinyl fabric for the edges of the seat and recreated a channeled fabric for the center of the seat. For the vinyl edges we used Naugahyde Universal in Regimental Blue and for the channeling we sewed Sunbrella Sling fabric to a 3/4” Polyurethane sew foam. In the video, we walk you through step-by-step how to measure the fabric and sew the channeling for a perfect fit.

In the video, we only outline how to do the seat of the truck, but you’ll notice in the finished shots that we reupholstered the seat backs to match as well. Making the seat backs follows all the same principles as the seats and you can use the existing fabric to pattern the seat backs as well.

Materials List:

You can see in the video that with the sew foam, vinyl fabric and piping that the assemblies being sewn for automotive upholstery like this can be very thick. You’ll need a heavy-duty sewing machine like the Sailrite Ultrafeed or the Sailrite 111 to complete a project like this.

You can find all the materials needed to complete this project at Sailrite.com.

5 comments
  1. Sue said:

    How many stitches per inch do you use on a project like this?

    • Nikki said:

      Hi Sue,

      We recommend a 6 mm stitch length, which equals almost 4 stitches per inch.

  2. Patty said:

    Would one of the Ultrafeed machines be used for this type work?

    • Nikki said:

      Hi Patty,
      Yes, both the red LS-1 and the blue LSZ-1 models of our Ultrafeed are great machines for sewing automotive upholstery like this. Since most automotive upholstery is sewn with straight stitches, I’d probably recommend the red, LS-1, straight stitch only machine for this.

      • Patty said:

        Thanks Nikki, I wish I’d asked before the sale ended. I’ll have to wait until the next sale to talk my husband into me spending the money :-) I’ve been lusting after one of these machines for a while, and look forward to when I can pull the trigger and get one!

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