How to Reupholster a Truck Seat

Item # X-HT-200651

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.

Recovered seats in a 1976 Ford F350.

Recovered seat in a 1976 Ford F350

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.

Video Chapters:

  • Patterning & Making Pleated Panels – 0:29 min.
  • Patterning Off Old Seat Cover – 5:25 min.
  • Assembling Top Plate – 7:03 min.
  • Patterning Rear Boxing – 10:04 min.
  • Sewing Rear Boxing to Top Plate – 13:31 min.
  • Patterning Forward Boxing – 18:59 min.
  • Sewing & Finishing Forward Boxing – 24:15 min.
  • Fitting Cover Over Foam – 25:37 min.
  • Materials List – 27:45 min.

Materials List:

  • 3/4” Polyurethane Foam with Fabric Backing #105045
  • 3M™ Super 77 Spray Adhesive #636
  • Sunbrella Sling Fabric (we used Igneous Granite #5288-0005)
  • Vinyl Fabric (we used Naugahyde Universal in Regimental Blue #100617)
  • V-92 Polyester Thread
  • Deluxe Vinyl Embossed Piping #103291
  • Batting #100158

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® Fabricator® to complete a project like this.