I have made several seat covers for lawn tractors over the last couple of years (pictures attached) and thought I would start a post and share some of the things I have learned from doing them in hopes it will help someone else who needs a new seat cover but does not feel they have the knowledge to tackle an upholstery project and does not have the finances to get an upholstery shop to make a new cover. While the seats I have done covers for are mainly from Bolens products from the 60’s to the 80’s a lot of the principles can be applied to other manufacturers (in fact some of the Bolens seats used in the 70’s such as the seat on a Bolens 1053 are shared with Ford, Jacobson and Wheel Horse). If you are looking for an inexpensive seat for a lawn tractor you may want to purchase an off the shelf seat as they can do the job for several years but if you want a seat cover that will closely resemble the original in a restoration project then please continue reading this thread and, as time permits, I will update it and try and give you an in depth “how to” using a seat off of a Bolens 850 lawn tractor as the example. I would suggest that you read through the complete post a couple of times to determine whether you have the necessary skills to do this before attempting it. This post should also give you a better understanding and appreciation of the work and talent that is involved in making a cover and why upholstery shops who make their living doing this type of work charge what they charge.
Please note: THIS INFORMATION IS PROVIDED AS IS – USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Edited by 29 Chev, January 08, 2016 - 07:04 PM.