I saw a few posts from Japan of leather grab handles for the new Suzuki Jimny so decided to make my own.
I ordered some veg tan leather and made a start with the big grab handle. The basic size I chose was 270mm x 144mm.
The shape was quite easy to cut however it took a bunch of measurements as I suck at measuring things correctly first time. Particularly the shape of the top part, getting the curve right took a bit trial and error.
Here’s the shape of version 1.
Shaping for the notch
Here’s the shape of version 2.
After it was shaped and dyed I left it to dry overnight and stitched it into place the next day. The trickiest bit was making sure it was held in firmly in place to avoid any slippage when you grab it. Had to do some finger gymnastics.
Version 1 Grab Handle
Version 1 of the grab handle turned out ok. I’m sure a professional leatherworker would have some tips to make it better but I’m pleased with the outcome.
Version 2 Grab Handle
Version 2 I did with a lighter tan colouring and stitches on show.
These were a lot easier to make and I originally used press studs for fixing them to the door as I wanted them to be removable. However this didn’t stand the test of time and I remade a set to stitch on underneath with the same eyelets as the other pieces.
The shaping wasn’t too tricky and I tried to follow the lines and shape of the handles rather than simply cut it square.
Version 1 Door Handle
Version 2 Door Handle
The quickest of the 3 items to make but weirdly the most satisfying. I love the new feel it gives in use and it looks pretty bad ass.
Complete Set – Version 2
The full set are standing the test of time, the only adjustment I’ll make is a beeswax layer to help waterproof them. Still need to do that 🙂
Fun project and they feel really nice in everyday use.