How to Stretch Leather Fabric

by Abby Vaun ; Updated September 28, 2017

Stretch out leather to fit your body perfectly.

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Because leather is a durable, attractive material, it has been used to make clothing and accessories for years. If your favorite pair of leather pants or gloves starts feeling a bit snug, there’s no need to get rid of them. Leather is a pliable material—you can stretch your leather garment to mold and fit your body perfectly.

Fill a sink with warm water.

Put your leather garment in the warm water.

Twist and knead the leather fabric while it is submerged.

Soak the leather fabric in the water for about 10 minutes.

Remove the leather from the sink.

Wear the leather garment while it is wet. Keep the garment on for an hour or two and the leather will stretch to mold to your body.


  • You can also take your leather item to a professional leather shop. They have special sprays and tools to stretch leather.

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After accidentally stumbling into a journalism class at University of North Texas, Abby Vaun has been writing ever since. She honed her skills writing for "The Dallas Morning News" and as a copy editor for Earle Palmer Brown in New York City. From Dallas to New York to L.A., she has enjoyed freelancing for 10 years and expanding her knowledge through her profession.