Asked on Jun 27, 2016

Cigarette burn hole on fabric couch

by Sharon
I recently bought a couch that has a cigarette burn (actual hole) in the fabric on one of the cushions and is very noticeable and am wondering how I am going to possibly repair it or at least disguise it somehow. I got a really good deal on it and thought I could repair it but am now wondering about that. It is a beige tweed solid color. The hole is about 1/4" in diameter. Any ideas?
  7 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 27, 2016
    Is there enough fabric to be able to pull together to use fabric glue?
  • William William on Jun 27, 2016
    Try to find a spot you can cut a piece of the fabric off. Usually under frame of the sofa. If you find some, cut a circle larger than the hole. Try to match the pattern as close as possible. Use Aleene's Fabric Fusion Permanent Adhesive and glue the patch over the hole. Follow the instructions. Available at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and Walmart. ALEENE'S-Fabric Fusion Permanent Adhesive is available in 4 ounce bottle. Unique, clear water-based non-toxic urethane adhesive that provides a permanent fabric bond. Unlike others it is dry cleanable and does not string while applying to fabric. Use Fabric Fusion to adhere a variety of embellishments to fabric for a permanent bond including fabric, pom poms, rhinestones, light and heavy trim, plastic, sequins, and beads.
  • Ranger Ranger on Jun 28, 2016
    A picture in situ would help... I am wondering if you could perhaps cover with a colour matching (yellowish) sunflower, or perhaps an obvious 'X' - as in 'X marks the spot'; ie who ever sits there does the dishes, vaccuming etc . Make it something fun? Otherwise, William's suggestion of a matching patch from underneath makes sense (but take care not to cut the patch too close to the - stapled? - edges or it will split underneath).
    • Sharon Sharon on Jun 28, 2016
      Thank you for that. I would love to add a picture, but, unfortunately, I'm not too computer savvy.
  • Sally Groff Sally Groff on Jun 28, 2016
    If it's just a small hole, I would put Fray- check around the edges. When it's dry, I would put a small scrap of matching fabric underneath the hole and stitch around it catching in the scrap and the top sofa fabric. It shouldn't be real noticeable if you use small stitches.
  • Cindy Stearns Cindy Stearns on Aug 25, 2020

    I have a "gifted" couch that seems to suck in ashes that leave discoloration and several small burns. In some instances, I am able to use embroidery single threads of 2-3 colors, and stitch tiny rows to follow the raised matte. Has worked great. However, also have raised multicolor carpet under this which I have to trim black or stiff threads, and reuse into "hole" using fabric glue. I would love to be using the best glue from your all experience. My efforts look okay, but the glue dries like cement and I am sure I can do better.....Or stop smoking. Anyone with advice?

  • Cindy Stearns Cindy Stearns on Aug 25, 2020

    Cindy, again. Am wanting to DIY a small area on my driver's seat, which has longer, barely noticeable cracks. The seats are white leather. I listened to several blogs, each using a similar technique using a different "final" color product. I took away only that I need the glue flexable, and colored so it will not rub off of clothings. Any pros out there??? I thought of once filling/gluing cracks, dabbing shoe polish or grout color might do it? Help if you can!

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Feb 28, 2021

    Patch will be an answer for sure but I would do couple just so it looks like you meant it