How to Repair Auto Seat Upholstery

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How to Repair Auto Seat Upholstery
Auto seat upholstery can be repaired with a few simple steps and the proper techniques. (convertible car interior image by Christopher Dodge from Fotolia.com)

Auto seat upholstery endures some of the most wear of any part of a vehicle's interior. Damage from burns and tears occurs to almost every vehicle seat. Professional upholstery repairs can be expensive. Knowing some basic tricks and techniques can help you repair your own auto seat upholstery and save money in the process.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Upholstery needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Fabric paper
  • Pins
  • Pencil

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Hold both of the sides of the hole together.

  2. 2

    Sew the two sides of the hole together using an upholstery needle and thread that matches the thread in the seat.

  3. 3

    Tie off the string in a knot and cut away any rough edges and loose thread with scissors.

  1. 1

    Place fabric paper over the hole.

  2. 2

    Trace the shape of the hole on the fabric paper with a pencil.

  3. 3

    Use scissors to cut the shape that you traced in Step 2 out of the fabric paper.

  4. 4

    Find an area of extra fabric on the underside of the seat. Most auto seats have fabric flaps that were left during manufacture.

  5. 5

    Pin the fabric paper piece you cut in Step 3 to the extra fabric on the underside of the seat.

  6. 6

    Cut out the shape of the hole in the seat from the extra fabric, using the fabric paper piece as a guide.

  7. 7

    Remove the pins and discard the fabric paper.

  8. 8

    Lay the fabric cut from the underside of the seat in Step 6 over the hole in the seat and sew around the edges.

  9. 9

    Tie off the string in a knot and cut away any rough edges and loose thread with scissors.

Tips and warnings

  • Auto upholstery repair can be challenging. If the hole is too large to sew or patch, seek the help of a professional upholsterer.

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