How to Repair a Ripped Couch

Find out how to fix a torn sofa cushion.

By Andra Chantim
White couch in the living roomEllen Silverman

“Someone had a sharp object in his pocket when he sat on my microfiber couch. Now there’s a small slit in it.”

Nancy Richardson, via Facebook

The fix: Take the cover off the cushion and use an iron, set on low, to flatten the edges of the rip, says Shelly Leer, a sewing and upholstery instructor in Carmel, Indiana. Next, turn the cover inside out. Cut out a piece of fusible web tape (try Pellon Wonder-Under; $2.50 a yard, onlinefabricstore.net) about 1 square inch larger than the rip and lay it over the hole. Place a piece of cotton cloth, ideally one that matches the couch, on top. Iron the patch on medium to high heat until it merges with the cushion cover, about 5 seconds.

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