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Old 30 May 2016, 06:44 pm
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Default Steering Wheel Spoke Covers DIY

The lady that owned my PT before me had a bad habit of digging her nails into the silver finish on the steering wheel spokes. she had scraped them down to the plastic. she did the same thing with the shifter ball (which was silver too).



i recently changed the shifter to a black leather knob that sits higher and has a better feel.

anyway...i was looking at a way i could either repaint the spokes or cover them somehow. thought about tennis racket grip tape. but then i ran across 8 1/2" by 11" leather sheets at Michael's. Soft leather that you can stretch around the spokes. so i bought a sheet and some thick upholstery thread and some big long needles. take you smart phone with you because you can get coupons online and use them. i ended up getting 40% off.

made a template out of cloth and transferred it over to the leather. (by the way, the measurements are 4 1/4" by 2 3/4" by 5")

then i used a nail to punch holes along the edges. took about 10-12 holes per edge. it dont have to be precise, just have to be the same amount on both edges.



thread both needles up and place the piece on the spoke. face it towards you and stitch it up like you would your tennis shoes (baseball stitch). keep it loose so you can turn it around and face the stitches to the back. then just use one of the needles to help tighten up the threads. the leather will stretch and close perfectly around the spokes. tie a knot and cut it and you're done.





then you rotate it so the stitching is in the back. then tighten up the stitching





and the final results....

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