Our dog punctured our leather sofa a couple of months ago and it was maybe 1/2″ to 3/4″ long. I wasn’t sure what to do about it and had put it on my “will get to it eventually” list. Fast forward to now. The rip has grown considerably. I finally googled how to address this issue, and wouldn’t you know, it’s quite easy. And would have been easier (and a much prettier result) had I done it straight away. Blarg.
No matter, I did it, and though it looks a bit like Frankencouch (see last photo), it’ll do until we can reupholster it. Watch this short video on how to do it, and below is, well, my version of that.
-The white fabric/paper in the above photo (with pins sticking out of it) is actually very strong interfacing that is used in drapery, called Buckram, that I happened to have on hand. The above link suggests that any strong fabric will do.
-straight pins, and small pieces of eraser to help keep pins in place in the buckram as you position the buckram inside the ripped area.
-leather worthy glue (try Shoe Goo)
I trimmed away bits of the Buckram so it would slide more easily into my rip.
I pressed the Buckram in with the handle of the paintbrush, making sure the straight pins landed in the center of the rip.
I think my couch is a leather laminate, if that’s even a thing – fabric on the bottom layer and leather on the top. So I had a bit of fraying to trim back. You may not need to do this.
Apply glue on both the Buckram and the underside of the leather and spread around with paint brush. Follow the directions on your glue – if you need to wait 10 minutes before pressing together, do so.
Now, this is where I went all maverick. Because my rip rounded a bit of a corner, I was having trouble getting it all to lay smooth. I employed a bunch of straight pins to keep everything from shifting as it dried. I forced the rip together as best I could, but, as you can see, you can still very much see the seam.
Place a stack of heavy books over top until glue is dry. Then blow dry the seam as it says in the video link above.
Here is how it looks today. Like it just got out of surgery, I know, but it’s so much better than a big gaping rip. Hopefully this will hold well until other arrangements can be made.
Have you ever tried to repair leather? How did it go for you?
Find some helpful tools for this project below.