How can i repair my couch cushion?

Peggy Beran
by Peggy Beran
Help! My puppy has chewed the corner of my non-removable couch cushion. This couch is not real leather...I am considering hand sewing the tear..but I fear that the stitching may stretch with normal use....anyone have any suggestions for a DIY repair?
q how can i repair my couch cushion
q how can i repair my couch cushion
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  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Jun 03, 2017
    Can you figure out how the cushion is attached to the sofa? If it can be removed, even with a bit of effort, the hand stitching to reconnect it to the sofa is a better idea and probably more durable than hand stitching in the chewed area. If you can get the cushion off, you have greater possibility to repair the damage.

    Now, do you have access to a sewing machine/seamstress? With the cushion off the sofa you can see if there is an area you can cannibalize for fabric. If so, use it to repair the area, then repair the new hole with a dark fabric, then hand sew the cushion back onto the couch.

    if the back of the sofa doesn't show, perhaps you can make an entire new cushion from that fabric, then just replace the back. Or perhaps you can find matching fabric thru a upholstery shop, or contact the manufacturer for fabric or a new cushion.

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    • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Jun 07, 2017
      When the sofa was manufactured the cushion was made separately and then integrated into or attached to another part of the sofa. Get down and explore the back and underside of the cushion until you determine exactly how it was attached during manufacture. It might be you need another person to help you do this because the style of your sofa is firm and tailored versus soft and squishy. I've upholstered a number of pieces and know with either by removing stitching or by cutting you can remove the cushion; yes, it's considered "unremovable" but you can make this one cushion removable to perform the repairs needed on your cushion. Later you'd reattach the cushion, once again making it unremovable. Do you sew, or do you know anyone that does? Their knowledge in construction of clothing could be a tremendous help in fixing your sofa. Oh, wish you lived in my town so I could help you!

  • Lily Schlender Lily Schlender on Jun 03, 2017
    if this was my couch i would start by carefully trimming off the white shredded fabric. pull the topstitch thread to the inside and knot it off. tip the couch over (if there is a dust cloth stapled to the bottom remove a few staples and look for some extra material you can use for a patch if you need it) stitch the cushion back together with heavy duty dark brown thread. use binder clips to hold the material together till you get it to look how you want it. a sharp curved needle may work the best. not too thick. take your time and piece everything back together you may have some uneven edges but it should look better than chewed fabric. if you lived by me i would fix it for you. good luck. use bitter apple to deter dog chewing on stuff. its available at a pet supply store.

  • Lily Schlender Lily Schlender on Jun 03, 2017
    also, you could touch up the white areas left after stitching with a brown permanent marker. take your time. it really doesn't look too hard to fix. use a thimble too to protect your finger tips.

  • Sherrie Sherrie on Jun 04, 2017
    My dog also ate my lleather couch I went to the leather company in my town and they gave me contact cement. it worked. I cleaned up the corner and then used the cement.

    • Paige Paige on Jun 29, 2020

      Training your dog is the only long-term solution, OP.

      I love my dog so much but it constantly did the things that irked me most. It would chew on things that it shouldn’t or jump up and down out of the blue. Whenever I put on the leash, it would pull on it. Whenever it was out of the house, it would continue digging on the ground - I wish I could tell what it was looking for down there. All the things it did left me feeling depressed as if I failed it monumentally.

      But since I discovered Brain Training for Dogs and applied the system offered, it now behaves the way a beautiful dog I always expect of.

  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown Holly Kinchlea-Brown on Jun 04, 2017
    I would clean up the frayed area, glue the pieces in place then stitch the area to match. Glue keeps it all together, stitching reinforces

  • Mama Mama on Jun 04, 2017
    Is this a square cushion or an L shape. If it's a squarfe cushion, after you do your best to repair it, you can turn the damaged edge towards the back where it would not be as visible.

  • Peggy Beran Peggy Beran on Jun 04, 2017
    thanks mama! it is L shaped but you cant change it around

  • Peggy Beran Peggy Beran on Jun 04, 2017
    thanks to all for your suggestions!!!

    • Laura Laura on Jun 04, 2017
      When my pleather dinningroom chairs got rips and tares in them I went to the car parts store and purchased a vinyl repair kit. $14.00 it has all the instructions on how to repair it and a color chart to get the right color by mixing of the different colors included. The brand was permatex. Works great stinks while it's curing. You could try this without cutting out a chunk of the material or pulling the cushion off. It's a thought.

  • ABR12234501 ABR12234501 on Jun 06, 2017
    Is duct tape assessible in the same color? Simple, speedy solution. Experiment & good luck!

  • Tara Talley Tara Talley on Jun 14, 2017
    I was going to suggest the auto parts store repair kit as well. I've seen it work wonders. Practically invisible if done carefully. By practically invisible I mean they had to point it out to me although I had seen the damage before repair!

  • Zest it Up Zest it Up on Jun 14, 2017
    Hey Peggy!! I have a puppy also that did the same thing!! Check out the link below to see how I fixed her "love bite"! Haha
    Cheers to raising puppies! I hope this helps :)