Learn The Easy Way About How To Shrink A Leather Jacket


If you are looking for a perfect fit with a leather jacket, then there is a solution for you today. Learn how to shrink a leather jacket in this article.


Why Most Bikers Own At Least One Leather Jacket


Having a leather jacket is something many people desire, especially if you love to watch out for your fashion. The leather jackets are known to make someone stand out and look classier than others do.

Well, if that is your thing, then you will understand that at some point, you have to shrink the leather jacket so that it feels fitting once again.

If you own a motorcycle, the common attire would be having at least one leather jacket. It is often the symbol that you are a rider. If you are going to get yourself the best leather jacket for motorcycle riding, then you have to get the right type.

The common types of leather jackets include the following.

  • The classic look
  • The rocker version
  • The twist with some color
  • The hybrid type
  • Faux leather jacket

Let us now turn to learning more about how to shrink a leather jacket correctly using simple methods.

Method 1: Shrinking The Leather Jacket In A Bathtub

What You Will Need


Step 1: Pour Enough Warm Water Into The Plastic Bin


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It is recommended that you get the plastic bin placed in the tub first before filling it with warm water. The leather dye is known to start bleeding the dye once it gets soaked in the warm water. This could ruin your nice tub, so be careful how you handle it. Or you can also do that at any area is easy for cleaning.

You will now have to fill the plastic bin with enough warm water that will allow for total submersion of the jacket. And let a little of leather cleaning solution into the container at this point is a good idea. That will help cleaning the jacket surface easier.

The plastic bin can easily be purchased online or a store close to you. Make sure that the bin is large enough that it can allow submerging of your jacket at once.

Step 2: Submerging Your Jacket


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Proceed to submerge your leather jacket in the warm water and let it sit for about 10 minutes. You will notice that the dye would easily come out of the jacket, but not all of it. You may have to rub the dye out even more so as to allow more dye to come out.

This process of rubbing the jacket to bleed more dye makes the jacket absorb more water and thus leading to more jacket shrinkage.

Still on the jacket bleeding the dye, you might want to wear gloves to prevent the dye from the jacket getting onto your hands.

Step 3: Squeeze The Dye Water Out


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If you are now done with soaking the jacket, the next step would be squeezing out most of the water dripping from the jacket. Make sure that the squeezing is still done over the plastic container or else you might end up creating a mess with the jacket dye. Make sure you get most of the water out before you can let it dry.

Step 4: Drying The Shrunk Jacket


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You might not notice right away that the jacket is smaller, but it might have changed a little bit. To finish the process of shrinking the leather jacket, you have to let it dry for two days over a towel. When the towel has absorbed most of the remaining water, replace the towel with another one.

You do not have to put the jacket in direct sunlight. This will make the jacket to shrink much faster and also much smaller than you may have wanted.


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Method 2: Shrinking The Jacket By Using The Washing Machine

What You Will Need

  • Washing machine
  • Dryer


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Wash The Jacket In The Washing Machine

The first step is cleaning your jacket and that involves tossing it into the washing machine. Make sure to wash the jacket with cold water when the machine is running on a regular cycle.

A common thing to avoid is placing other clothes in the washing machine when the jacket is being washed at the same time. The dye bleeding from the leather jacket could easily ruin the other clothes.

The best part with this method is that you do not need to use any detergent for shrinking the jacket.

Below is a video with additional tips How to Shrink a Leather Jacket


Maybe as an additional method, you may want to consider having the jacket altered by a professional tailor as a way of shrinking the leather jacket to your size.

This could be a great alternative if you still want to maintain the dye coming out the jacket while using the other types of methods. Always make sure to communicate with the tailor so that the shrinking process is done to your preference.

It is easy to note that all these methods are quite easy to follow and use them to your advantage. If you are always using the same leather jacket for riding the motorcycle daily, make sure that there is an alternative gear available before washing the leather jacket or taking it to the tailor.

There you have it on how to shrink a leather jacket with ease. Proceed to share your thoughts on the guide and also keep your friends informed about such processes.

    Peter Hanson

    Nothing can compare to the feeling of riding a motorcycle. The freedom on the ride is the greatest thing I have ever had in my life. As they said, I'd rather be a biker for a minute than a spectator for a lifetime. If you are also a biker, then we are friends. Let's talk about our motorcycles and rides.

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