How to Fix a Ripped Sofa Cushion

A sofa cushion is bound to get worn out due to wear and tear over a period of time. A rip is something that is very natural especially if you have kids or pets in the house. Fixing a ripped cushion is very simple and easy.

It is very important to make sure that when you fix the rip, it has to be done neatly and correctly. There should not be any holes when you finish stitching the rip to avoid any further rips. Make sure you check the stitched portion properly after you finish stitching the cushion. Also, keep in mind that it should not look obvious that there has been some sort of repairs or patchwork done. If a patch is required, make sure that the cloth matches the color of the sofa or the cushion.

Tools and Materials

  • Soft-Bristled Cleaning Brush
  • Vacuum
  • Upholstery Cleaner
  • White Cleaning Rag
  • Needle and Thread
  • Fabric Patches (optional)
  • Iron
  • Firm Foam Padding ( optional)
  • Tape
  • Scissors

Step 1:  Unzip the Cushion and Examine the Cushion

Take out the cushion from the sofa and unzip it from its cover. Examine the cushion rip properly so that you know what exactly would be required to fix the rip.

Step 2: Clean the cushion

Clean the cushion properly with the brush or upholstery cleaner to take out all the dirt. Vacuum the cushion to make sure that it is free from dust and dirt.

Step 3: Cut the Loose Ends

Cut the loose ends along the rip line on the fabric making sure that there is no loose thread anywhere with the scissors.

Step 4: Measure the Rip

Measure the rip with a tape measure, if the rip is very big you may need to buy a piece of fabric. If it is not then you can continue to step 6.

Step 5:  Buy a Piece of Fabric (Optional)

Buy a piece of fabric which is at least 1 ½ - 2 inches bigger than the required measurement to ensure that the rip is stitched properly and neatly. Make sure that the fabric matches the cushion cover.

Step 6:  Fix the Rip

Place the cushion cover on a flat surface and stitch the loose ends with the needle and thread. Be very careful to make sure that the edge of the rip is stitched perfectly. Once you do that then you can stitch both the ends back together. If you are using a piece of fabric, make sure that it is ironed properly and place it on the part which is ripped. You can use pins to secure the patch so that is does not move when you are stitching it.

Step 7: Check the Cushion Fill

Check to see if the filling inside the cushion is fine or not.

Step 8: Check the Work

Check to see if the stitches are visible or not.

Step 9: Place the Cushion

Place the cushion back in its place.