Measuring for Sheepskin Seat Covers

Information about demonstration video:

Video is taken within Sickafus Sheepskin shop on how to measure/draw for sheepskin seatcovers with speaker: Pat Garrett/Sickafus owner

Video length is 9 minutes 6 seconds long.

[Transcript begins at 00:00:00]

[Video begins with Pat standing in front of a vehicle seat with a seatcover on ontop of a table] Pat: Hang with me here it'll be really quick. Now here is a seat cover [Pat turns around to face the seatcover and places hand on the vehicle seat] and this seat cover is just kind of loose on here right now but this is how they I take it off I'll show you how it's installed [Pat starts to lift the seatcover off of the vehicle seatfrom the bottom]. There's two loops there [Pat has hand at the loops which are at bottom of seat cover] and the crack in the seat [Pat with the bottom part of the seatcover lifted and places his hand at the crack of the seat], the straps, these straps go through the crack [Pat demonstrates that the straps go through/between the crack of the top and bottom of the vehicle seat] come around and you hook them up there [Pat demonstrates how the straps after coming out of the crack are wrapped under the seat and then connected to the seatcover at front of bottom of seat]. And there's two straps on the side here, [Pat grabs the straps on the side of of the vehicle seat]take these straps and you bring them over here to the loops over on this side [Pat takes the straps and wraps the straps under the vehicle seat and up to the opposite site where it will be attached] and that'll hold the seat down nice and secure.

Pat: Over here is a strap [Pat lifts the strap on left side of the seat] that hooks to this strap over here [Pat lifts the right side straps] and that'll hold it in the back here. Now here, up here at the top is a cap on the seat [Pat demonstrates where the top/cap are] and that will hold the top on for you. So now what I'm going to do is take this off [Pat takes off seat cover off of seat] and show you what I need so you can have beautiful seat covers. Look at this lovely seat, perhaps you have a seat that's all gorged up like this rascal is here [Pat motions towards the vehicle seat and the ripped area].

Pat: What you need to do is get me some good measurements. Now, first thing you need to do is take a eight and a half by 11 sheet of paper like this [Pat holds up a piece of paper]. I'm going to use a little bigger piece here so I can show you what I'm going to need [Pat pickes up a larger pad of paper. pen and measuring tape]. Now I'm just going to sketch this real quickly, come in here with me Michelle [camera zooms in] and I'm gonna look at this seat here.

Pat: So what I have here is this seat that looks kind of like this right [Pat starts to draw outline of car seat]. And it's kind of a tall seat [Pat continues to draw a tall seat back]. Now this doesn't have to be perfect but it should be representative of what we have here now. Here's a seat coming out here it comes around here like this and back in here and like that [Pat finishes by drawing the bottom of car seat]. Okay so that's pretty easy, right?

Pat: Maybe you have a square seat or a seat with a seat belt retractor on it like this seat is here, one like this, maybe, [Pat turns the page on the pad and starts to sketch a squarer vehicle seat outline with a seat belt retractor at the top] maybe your seats like this. You know with the seat belt retractor up here you want to draw like that, it doesn't have to be a perfect thing. It just has to be like a nice sketch that you can fax to us. All right let's go back to our seat here now. [Pat goes back to the first seat sketch] First of all put your [phone starts to ring in background] model of your vehicle here [Pat is writing down the model of the vehicle above the sketch of the seat], if you have a Jaguar 2012. Johnny get that that's probably a seat cover order right now.

Pat: Anyhow, we want to start there. Now we're going to need to know the thickness of the seat too [Pat adds onto seatcover sketch on top back area to show thickness]. So we can get that in because that's important. Now let me just take this tape measure here. First off, we're gonna... at the very very top, up here, we're gonna measure there . Now you just go from the edge there, see the edge? Over to this edge here and that measurement is [Pat takes tape measure and measures width of top of seat back at top]...let me turn this tape upside, right there - that is nine inches. So you're going to take your pencil or pen or whatever and put a nine up there [Pat writes 9 on the seat sketch at the top of the seat back] right and where did you start, you well, you started at zero.

Pat: All right that goes on the side there now the next point where it seems to need a measurement is about right there [Pat points to the area of the seat at the top where the seat back starts to get wider]. So that point there from the edge to the edge [Pat measures the width of the wider area] and if it goes in a little bit push it down a little bit [Pat demonstrates how to push the tap measure down if the seat indents where measuring]. That's 17 as you can see there. Now where did I measure? I measured down here at nine and a half [Pat measures from top of seat down to area just measured from side to side] so put nine and one half over here [Pat writes down 9 1/2 to the right of seat back in drawing] and over here put 17 [Pat writes down 17 [width] within the seat back of drawing]. Okay pretty easy so far right?

Pat: Now where does it get wide here? Well down here it gets about the widest [Pat finds widest area of seat back and places the tape measure from one end to the other]. So take this kind of hold it in there like that and over here we have 19 and a half [Pat measures width of widest point of seat back]. So 19 and a half put on the side here [Pat writes down 19 1/2 on the right side of drawing]. Measure down how far that is [Pat measures from the top of seat down, back to area that just measured]. That is at 23 here [Pat writes down 23 within the seat back part of seat drawing]. 19 and one half and over here, that this gets the 23 in here. All right so we came down 23 here and it was 19 and a half this way.

Pat: Now the final measurement is down here at the bottom. Go right at the very bottom [Pat goes to the very bottom of the seat back, right before crack with measuring tape and measures the width] and that measurement is 17. As you see 17 across there like that [Pat writes 17 on the sketch at the area where the bottom of the seat back is right before the crack].

Pat: Now we need, to need the whole seat. So let's take it from there [Pat places start of measuring tape at the very top of the seat back] and go way into the crack of the seat here [Pat takes the measuring tape downward to where the seat crack is and goes in to where the crack ends]. So you have the total measurement. Because you want it to be on there and once you sit in it, it's going to go back in the crack of the seat like that. So that measurement I have here is 28. Now do me a favor and draw a little thing on the side here for the total and that's 28 down to here [Pat draws a line on the paper from the left top of seat to middle - writes 28 and then draws down towards bottom part of seat]. I'm trying to rush, so please excuse my indelicacies here and whatever else.

Pat: Now we're going to measure the bottom of the seat and I have 16 here [Pat measures the seat width at crack of seat] back there like that [Pat writes 16 on seat drawing at same area of where measured]. Right now go in the middle of the seat and measure that okay here it says 20 [Pat measures middle width of seat]. So put 20 on there [Pat writes 20 on drawing at same area where had measured]. And then go all the way out at the end, out here and there it is 16 [Pat measures width at bottom of seat and writes 16 on drawing at the bottom of the seat]. Okay, pretty easy so far. Now what's the total here [Pat takes tape measure at the area from seat crack to front]? they're usually about 19 or 20 inches. This one is 19 and a half. So you'll take a draw out from the side here 19 and one half inches to the front of the seat [Pat draws a line on the sketch to the left of the bottom of the seat and writes 19 1/2 on drawing marking the length of seat].

Pat: Okay. This is the height, this is the depth of your seat and these are the sideways measurements. All right. The horizontal measurements [Pat points to the various measurements on the sketch he made], so, 9, 17, 19 and a half and 17 down here and this number was zero, nine and a half, 23 and of course the total length would be 28, which you figured out over here. Now here all you have to do is put in the total depth of the seat and three sideways measurements like that [Pat points to the various measurements on the sketch he made].

Pat: Now you're going to be a custom seat cover maker before long. We need one more measurement up here. How thick is the top of your seat for the cap? [Pat measures depth of top of seat back] All right, on this particular seat it's three inches. And also I want you to do it on the side here about six inches down [Pat measures depth of back seat side] and it's four inches. So if you'll put like this, three inches there thick [Pat writes depth of top on seat back drawing at top] and on the side here we said four inches [Pat writes down the depth of seat back on left side of sketch]. That way we can make you a perfect cap and that's all you need for this measuring chart.

Pat: Now down here put your name [Pat shows to write your name under the seat drawing]. Remember you got the g-j-g-u-a how do you spell jaguar anyhow. Put your address and put your credit card number and your ex date and the cid number, three digits on the back [Pat shows to write these items below your name on drawing] Okay and just fax that to us. Our fax number's on the website there but I'll write it down here, Fax number is 610 488 1576 attention Pat [Pat demonstrates by writing it under the seatcover and above name]. Okay I'll get this and we'll take it downstairs and we will select for you one of these beautiful colors here. Now you see you did yours on an eight and a half sheets where you can fax it, I did it on a bigger sheet there. Now michelle if you come in here [Zooms in and Pat shows each sheepskin color] - this is our light silver, this is our charcoal, this is our tan and of course this is black. So, if you will follow these simple measurements here [Pat holds up the sketch he created], you can get a perfect custom seat cover from Sickafus Sheepskins.

Pat: Now on our website there are some charts as well, to put on there, you can click on, well they're under the pictures, right John? the charts? So anyhow, look on the website if you don't want to do this but this is pretty easy to do. I mean you don't have to be Van Gogh [Pat holds up the sketch he created] just give us a a more or less picture of what you're doing. Now here's an important step if you can do this...take your little camera [Pat holds up his camera], your digital camera, stand at a three-quarter angle, here like this - see and get a three-quarter angle. So we can see the bottom of the seat and so we can see the top of the seat. As you can see there. Now I'm going to take a picture [Pat stands at angle of car seat and takes a picture] and see that's about the angle I need just about like that [Pat shows photo on camera that he just took].

Pat: All right, so that's pretty much it folks and when you send that to us we'll give you a quote. We'll make your seat covers up. It will be guaranteed to fit and as soon as we get them up here, we'll send them over here to Johnny [Pat points over to Johnny at his computer and camera scans over to Johnny (Johnny waves)] and he'll be shipping them out. Right John? All over America!
Johnny: You're right and don't forget to put your phone number on your order! [Camera goes back on Pat] Pat: Okay, yes, oh yes, put your phone number on there too. And by the way ours is 1-888-751-1300 [toll free number is no longer valid, our phone is 610-488-1782]. My name is Pat, that's John and we'll take good care of you. Thank you very much!

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