As soon as I bought my new Jimny one of the first projects was to make leather handles. It’s become a fun obsession with many iterations to the design.
The basic size is 270mm x 144mm.
The shape took a bunch of measurements, particularly the shape of the top notch, getting the curve right took some trial and error.
I’ve 2 designs both have laces out of sight. The dark brown is great for the Jungle Green and Chiffon Ivory Metallic Jimny’s and black suits all colours matching the dark interior.
It’s easier than I make it look on the video. Basically follow these steps and make sure you pull the lace tight for the best fit:
- Loosely lace each side up around the grab handle as you would lace a pair of shoes.
- Use some sort of hook to pull each cross over tight and hold it in place as you pull the next one.
- When you’re happy with the fit tie a normal overhand knot and snip the excess off.
- Finally use a lighter or match to carefully melt the loose ends for a cleaner finish.
Laced underneath to hide the stitches and allows for a super tight fit.
There’s metal eyelets to make sure you can lace it tight and avoid any movement and they feel lovely in hand compared to the cheap plastic. Now available in black!
You can choose to mount this laces up or down. Feels luxurious and it looks pretty bad ass. I prefer laces up myself 🙂
The full set are standing the test of time. Finished in a lighter tan, dark brown and black with a beeswax protective coating.
Gave aways or buying your own set
I’ve decided in 2020 to make these available to you.
I love the idea of more Jimny’s having full leather handle sets I make. If it’s something you like and would enjoy having yourself I’ve decided to sell full sets on Etsy.
They’ll be very limited stock of 1 maybe 2 sets at a time. I can accept made to order purchases though. UK & International delivery.
I will also do a give aways on Instagram. Like this one.
Get yourself a set on Etsy or follow me on Instagram to get yourself in the running for the next give away.