How to repair leather cushions

Written by kathleen bona | 13/05/2017
How to repair leather cushions
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Through repeated use, sooner or later a cushion from your favourite leather chair or sofa is bound to crack, split or tear. When this happens, many people initially think of having it repaired by a professional. Hiring someone to repair a leather cushion can be inconvenient and costly. As long as you match the shade of your leather cushion with another small piece of leather, you can repair your damaged cushion at home.

Clean the leather surface to be repaired with alcohol wipes.

Lay a piece of paper, thin enough to see through, over the tear on the leather cushion. Trace the outline of the tear on the paper with a pencil.

Draw a circle around the pencil tracing, adding about an inch to all sides of the drawing.

Cut out the drawn circle from the paper with scissors and lay it over a piece of leather that matches your cushion. Cut out the leather following the paper circle pattern. This piece of leather is your patch.

Lay the patch over the tear, making sure the entire tear is covered. Apply a thin layer of glue between the cushion and patch. Use a glue which will work on leather, such as Gorilla glue.

Set a heavy book on the patch and leave it in place for several hours.

Dampen a soft cloth with water and use the cloth to apply leather dye to the edges of the patch. Rub it in thoroughly. Wipe away any excess dye with paper towels; let dry overnight. Repeat the process of applying dye the following day and allow to dry overnight. You may need to do this a third time to disguise the patch.

Things you need

  • Alcohol wipes
  • Thin paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Small piece of leather that matches leather cushion
  • Glue
  • Heavy book
  • Water dampened soft cloth
  • Leather dye which matches leather cushion
  • Paper towels

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