How do I fix a ripped cloth car seat?

My son put his feet up on my backseats while he was wearing soccer cleats. When he left the car, he tore a giant hole in the cloth seats. Is there any way for me to fix badly ripped cloth car seats?

Eric Schad · Answered on Nov 08, 2021
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
I’m so sorry for your trouble, but I hope your son won his soccer match! Fortunately, you can easily sew or patch tears in your car seats.
Depending on the tear’s size, one option might be better than the other. If the tear is small you should sew it. But if it’s big, you’ll be better off patching it. Buy a knitting/sewing kit that has a curved needle and thread that matches the color of your interior seating.
For small tears:
  • Buy a sewing kit with a curved needle and thread that matches your car seats.
  • Make a few practice stitches on an extra piece of fabric.
  • Once you feel confident, sew up the tear.
  • Spray it with a fabric sealant to prevent any further damage.
But if the hole is too wide for a few stitches to repair, follow these steps to patch the hole.
  • Purchase fabric and fabric adhesive in the color of your seats.
  • Cut a portion of the fabric adhesive and insert it beneath the tear—with the sticky side facing up.
  • Cut a piece of fabric slightly larger than the hole.
  • Lay the piece of fabric over the hole.
  • Follow the instructions on the fabric adhesive to permanently iron the fabric onto the seats.
Congratulations, you just fixed a car seat!
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