How to Re-Cover a Motorcycle Seat Using Stretch Vinyl Fabric

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Old vinyl has a tendency to crack and turn brittle. If your motorcycle seat is starting to crack, that doesn't make for a comfortable ride. Give your old seat new life with fresh upholstery. With the step-by-step instructions in this how-to video, you can reupholster your own motorcycle seat.

DIY Re-covered Motorcycle Seat

Our seat had a lot of shape to it, so to get the best fit around all those contours we chose to use Morbern® Allsport 360° 4-Way Stretch Vinyl. The stretch of this vinyl is forgiving when patterning (making it great for beginners) and provides clean lines and a smooth appearance for professional results. Allsport is also durable and easy to clean. We chose to add more visual interest to our seat by using two colors of vinyl, but this is just a preference.

If you don't own a motorcylce, the techniques in this video are applicable to other seat reupholstery projects like seats on personal watercraft, snowmobiles, tractors or golf carts. This video will walk you through removing the old cover, patterning the top plates and boxing, sewing the plates and boxing, creating fabric pulls, and stapling and stretching the vinyl.

Video Chapters:

  • Removing Old Cover - 0:42 min.
  • Patterning Top Plates - 1:56 min.
  • Sewing Plates - 7:35 min.
  • Patterning Boxing - 11:31 min.
  • Sewing Boxing to Plates - 12:33 min.
  • Using Fabric Pulls - 18:11 min.
  • Stapling & Stretching Vinyl - 20:47 min.