How to Repair a Burn Hole in Leather

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How to Repair a Burn Hole in Leather
As strong as leather is, a single cigarette can create a prominent hole. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Leather jackets, upholstery, shoes, belts and bags truly give you the best of both worlds: a sleek chicness with a strong degree of durability. However, as strong as leather is, it's not completely indestructible. For example, things like the end of a cigarette or the side of a curling iron can create a hole in leather pretty quickly, and that small hole will be rather noticeable. Luckily, you can fix such holes, without resorting to the help of professional leather patchers or upholsterers.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cotton ball
  • Blade
  • Leather repair kit
  • Iron

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  1. 1

    Dampen a cotton ball in warm water. Swab down the area where the burn is. Allow it to air dry.

  2. 2

    Cut around the burn with a blade, removing the black, charred parts, leaving just a slight hole.

  3. 3

    Purchase a leather repair kit in the colour that matches your damaged item. Scoop up a dime-sized amount of paste with the knife or spatula included and dab it onto the burn, so that it's completely invisible.

  4. 4

    Press a sheet of grain paper that matches the grain pattern of the leather item against the wet paste.

  5. 5

    Apply heat to the item with the tip of a hot iron. Some kits come with included heating tools. Move the heating tool or iron in a slight circular motion for 10 to 30 seconds on the grain paper and then remove.

  6. 6

    Allow the grain paper to cool completely and then remove. The paste will now have hardened into a leathery, pliable patch.

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