Ready to fix your torn sofa? Other than using a tailored slipcover to restore your couch, Comfort Works can help you repair that tear in your couch fabric with an easy DIY solution.
We have managed to simplify this process in 6 easy steps while using only 3 materials. Rather than paying for expensive upholstery, this is another way in which you can make your couch look almost brand new. Let’s start!
- Seam sealant
- Curved needle
- Nylon Thread
1. Study the rip
Start checking the scratch in your couch’s fabric. Study its length, whether it has frayed edges, etc. This information will help you in all future steps!
2. Use seam sealant
This product which looks like glue will prevent the ripped fabric of your couch from fraying more and will secure the frayed edges. Amazon is a great place to get it! Some famous brands of sean sealer are Kampa Seam Sealer, McNett Seamgrip, Coghlan’s Seam Seal or Seam Grip. I’m sure you can also find them at your closest hardware store.
3. Fold the edges of the tear
Just fold the edges of the tear under and then press the folds down firmly with your fingers. It’s important to fold the frayed part under as far as possible because sewing too near a frayed edge can cause more damage later.
4. Take the nylon thread and the curved needle
For this step you’ll need strong nylon thread and a curved needle. The nylon is less likely to rip because it’s a stronger textile compared to regular thread and the curved needle will allow you to sew easily on a flat surface. These are also known as mattress needles or upholstery needles should you be looking to buy them online.
There’s even leather sewing waxed thread cord for leather repair. Like the image below 🙂
5. Sew the rip
Continue pinching the edges of the fabric together with your fingers. Slide the needle through the edge of the tear and pull the thread all the way through to make a stitch.
Weave the needle in and out along the tear to make small, tight stitches. Remember to keep the edges of the tear folded under as you sew and just continue sewing along the edges until you reach the end of the tear.
Here’s a visual example of this process we found on Pinterest:
6. Close and secure the seam
On your last stitch, pull the thread through until there’s a loop. Then, pass the needle through this loop twice and pull this knot tight, and then take a few tiny stitches back along the seam line, stitching away from the knot.
Finally, cut the end of the thread close to the fabric and you’re done!
Use seam sealant in the frayed edges. Take nylon and a curved needle and fold the edges of the tear. Press the folds down firmly with your fingers and sew the torn area making make small, tight stitches.
Make a loop in your last stitch and pass the nylon through this loop two times. Pull and close the seam. Easy peasy 😉
If you’re thinking of a sofa makeover or considering upholstery, check out our alternative way to restore your old couch.
Looking to go from torn couch to “brand new” couch? Check out how slipcovers can rejuvenate your sofa, like they have done for our many customers. Give us a visit and pick from any number of different fabrics and style choices to create your dream couch: