My Leather Sofa Repair

Somewhere in the last number of years and the last thousand people in our home, somewhere along there, my leather sofa received a big ugly gash, kinda like a knifing.  And nobody’s fessing up.  At first it didn’t look too bad, but as time went on, little fingers became intrigued, fascinated, draaaawn to that gash.  It has grown.

I’ve been contemplating buying all new living room furniture all because of this unsightly gash in my sofa.  The problem though, is that new stuff means becoming married to the thing: caring deeply about it, obsessing over it, becoming jealous of anyone’s use of it.  That’s how it is with new stuff.  I hate that.  That and I still like my old sofa.

I made about nine calls to upholstery and leather repair shops; some never returned my call; some said they’d have to replace the entire panel of leather; some just owned up and said that though they advertised leather repair, they really didn’t.

So, I went to Saint Google and asked for guidance.  I watched snippets on Youtube of tutorials on  repairing a leather sofa.  Those tricksters on  youtube videos demonstrate by applying a patch to a scrap of leather so that they could turn it over to show you the finished patch, BUT that also meant they could access the back and sweetly, gently, firmly press the patch into perfect place for drying.  Sneaks.

In the end I bought some leather glue at the local hobby store for $3.99, cut a little piece of leather from a piece lying around, glued the patch, shoved it in the hole, tweezered it into place and pushed on the sofa back hoping that would bond the two together for life.  I figured anything worth doing is worth doing poorly, that and I had absolutely nothing to lose, the sofa was already an eyesore.

With the help of a million and three web sites, I landed on ordering two products: Deep Leather Fill for the gouge, and Soft Leather Fill for the finishing layer, each $7.95 for 2 oz.   from these folks:

I ordered on Monday and the stuff was here on Wednesday!  It was sent priority  AND they refunded almost half the shipping because they could.

Find the knife wound. This, THIS, is the completed project. I am so proud.

See that sort of circle lightly around the cut? That is from my first attempt to “fix” the cut. Back when Taite had a feeding tube, I thought, anything that sticks to skin like that tape that held her feeding tube in place ought to be able to hold a sofa’s torn leather together. Not so well, it happens.

So, what I did first was to put a little leather glue onto a leather patch and shove it in the hole. Then I took some tweezers and cajoled it into place and then let it dry. Thoroughly. I kind of reminded me of a big old scab. And I kept telling my self, “nothing to lose.”  (You can see the Taite feeding tube tape mark again here)

This stuff is golden. And you can fix an awful lot of holes with 2 ounces of this stuff. The Deep Fill goes on and then I smoothed it over with a putty knife and let it dry. Thoroughly. And then applied yet another layer before applying the Soft Fill for the final top coat. Let dry thoroughly.

The nice thing about this product is that when it dries it has a soft leathery feel to it.

Eventually I had it all smooth and ready for some color.

Now, let me step outside of my photos for just a second to tell you what you must not do.  You don’t need to because I did it for you.  Do not go into your shoe polishing kit and get some brown shoe polish and smear it on the patch.  Trust me, it won’t work.  And then you might want to take a little black India ink and kinda smear it in too hoping to get the perfect brown.  Don’t.  It will look like you took shoe polish and mixed it up with black India ink.  Cheapskate.

No, rather you must buy spray paint specifically for leather.  Okay, it’s for shoes, but it works.  Just $7.99 plus about $6 shipping.  And because it’s “liquid, perishable, flammable, dangerous,” it will take forever and a day for the good old government postal system to deliver the stuff to you.  When you have lost all hope, it will arrive.

The tought thing though is to match your particular brown to an online color chart. I ended up getting “Russet” on Taite’s advise.  She was spot on.

This is it repaired. Repair is on the left side.

This is it repaired. Repair is on the left side.


That’s it.  I am now open for business.  You may fly me out and I will come with my little leather supplies and it will save you in the end the cost of a new sofa, (see finished sofa photo above).




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9 Responses to My Leather Sofa Repair

  1. avatar Beth says:

    looks great!

  2. avatar Caitlin says:

    I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before one of my sofas gets speared, despite my best attempts to protect it from the world of sharp objects. Save your supplies!

  3. avatar erin says:

    Wow! Nice work! This is a great little tutorial.

  4. avatar Dee Lazare says:

    Some really marvelous work on behalf of the owner of this internet site , perfectly great content material .

  5. avatar Darlene says:

    i came across your blog just to look, but i had to leave this comment to say how much i appreciate your work. thanks for the help.

  6. avatar Karen says:

    I was about to order liquid leather dye for our old sofas, but stopped to google “Meltonian” to see what they had to offer….so glad I stumbled upon your article as I enjoyed your sense of humor and believe I will find the spray a much easier option. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  7. avatar Terri says:

    Oh, thanks so much, Karen. I think you will be very happy with the spray dye instead of the liquid or a cream.

  8. This is interesting! I enjoyed reading your great post.Thanks for the valuable information and insights you have shared here.

  9. A modern homeowner wants to make his house look elegant, up to date and stylish all the time. nice post.

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