How to Cover Boat Marine Seats

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How to Cover Boat Marine Seats

If you own a boat, you know it can be a challenge to keep clean, especially the seats. Cleaning doesn't always help. Why not recover the seats? You can purchase vinyl upholstery fabric from a local fabric store, and soon, you can sport new seats on the water.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Vinyl fabric
  • Nylon thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Heavy duty needle
  • Electric sewing scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Seam ripper
  • Velcro

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    Remove the fabric from the seats

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    Remove the existing fabric from the seats. You can use it as a pattern to make the new seat covers. Use a seam ripper to take the pieces apart. Place the new vinyl face down, and place the old pieces on top. Pin them together with sewing pins. Use electric sewing scissors to cut the new pieces of vinyl.

  2. 2

    Use a heavy duty sewing needle intended for heavier grade fabrics. Insert the needle into the sewing machine, and thread the machine with nylon thread. Nylon thread will last longer under the stress of sun and water.

  3. 3

    Sew the vinyl pieces together with a 5/8-inch seam, leaving the back of the seat covers open to reinsert the cushions. Cut and sew a strip of Velcro across the top and bottom of the back opening. Insert the cushions inside, and close it by pressing the Velcro strips together.

Tips and warnings

  • If marine grade vinyl is preferred, check the local marina or online boating and accessory stores.

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