Cigarette holes in car seats can be frustrating. Some holes are noticeable right away, while others may be too small to be seen. The problem with a hole in a car seat is the fabric can spread open more over time if nothing is done about the hole. The problem can get worse in car seats because of the constant wear and tear over time.
Sew It Closed Yourself
One method that may work to keep the hole from spreading more open is simply to sew the hole closed. This will definitely be easier if the car seat is not leather, but the method works the same on any material. Start by finding thread that matches the seat interior, and cut the appropriate amount needed. Find a regular sewing needle. The thinner the needle, the better, unless sewing through leather. Leather is a tougher material, and a thicker needle may be required. Place the thread through the needle opening, and tie it in a knot. Take the needle and thread, and begin looping it from one side of the hole to the other, until the hole is completely sewn. The needle may not go through the material easily, so use force. Once sewn, tie the last strand several times to secure the hole. Depending on the size of the hole, sewing it up shouldn't take too long.
Buy a Kit
A kit may not be the cheapest way to go, but it is another method of trying to cover a cigarette hole yourself. This may be the way to go if the burn isn't too large. Many different kits are available to choose from. Here's what to look for when buying a do-it-yourself kit; cloth bond blemish fill, bottle of lockdown stay adhesive and pallet knife. Most kits will include "create your print" pencils if the seat has a print. Step-by-step instructions are included with the kit. Kits may be purchased at most auto retail stores or online.
Auto Upholstery Shop
The most expensive but surest way to repair the hole is by taking the vehicle to an auto upholstery shop. Most professional shops actually cut the burn out of the upholstery. The remaining fabric of the seat is then stretched over the hole and sewn up. This method may be necessary if the hole is too large or if previous attempts to cover the hole failed.
A do-it-yourself method similar to this procedure can be done at home, but good results aren't guaranteed. Take a straightedge razor and scrape some of the upholstery from an unseen area big enough to cover the hole. Apply Elmer's glue to the fabric, roll into a ball and place in the hole.