Editorial Content Or How To Fix A Torn Sofa

June 11, 2015

How To Fix  A Torn Sofa
My pretty couch before "the incident".

So my husband comes into the kitchen last night and tells me that he ripped the sofa. Great. 

"How?" I ask.

"I just leaned on it." 

I feel like I'm questioning one of the kids. 

"You just leaned on it?" Doesn't sound plausible. I lean on the sofa all the time. 

My girlfriend is at the house. We don't say anything, we just look at each other and kind of laugh. I know that he puts his foot up on that sofa arm every single day when he plays his bass guitar. It was only a matter of time.

The silence is too much for him. 

"What's the big deal? You can fix it. You'll get your little sewing kit out and make it all better and then put it up on your blog." Mmmhmm. 

"You should be happy," he tells me, "I'm giving you editorial content."

I see.

Well, then thank you for the editorial content, honey. It's just what I need with a house full of hungry, moody teenagers, none of whom drive yet, during finals week ~ when there's no bus. Is he kidding me? 

I was going to wait until the weekend to work on it, but you know what, that would just give him two more days to make that tear even bigger. 

It's times like this that I am very, very happy I possess a few rudimentary sewing skills. I don't know if I did it the right way or the wrong way, but it's done.

Ripped Sofa Repair

I did it the Exquisitely Unremarkable way ~ fix it the fastest way you can, for the least amount of money.

I started by pushing the fabric from the back of the arm toward the front, a few times was all it took to give me a little stretch in the material. I needed a little more give to pull it closed. I chose the smallest needle I could find, as the fabric is very thin and apparently already very worn, if it will just burst open when somebody leans on it.

I tried to get the seam as close to the piping as I could to camouflage the repair.

Repaired Sofa Tear

It's not perfect by any means, but at least that hole is closed up and I don't have to buy a new couch.

If I was worried about doing this the right way or scared that I would make the tear worse, I never would've attempted the fix. I would've had to call in a pro, which would've been an expensive propostion. 

I know that a lot of people are apprehensive when it comes to sewing, but I say try it. 

Start with something small, something you don't really care about, and give it a shot. It's a very valuable skill to have even in this new millennium. 

Buttons fall off, seams rip and apparently couches burst when leaned on, but when you can sew, none of these things are a big deal.

They're just editorial content.

Will you try a stitch or two? 


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54 comments:

  1. Hi Kim, I'm with you and would have tried the same thing. Your repair turned out great!! Love your sofa and I just had to laugh at the conversation with your hubby. That sounds exactly like some we've had here.
    But it did turn out to be great blog content! LOL
    Hugs, CM

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    1. Haha ~ it did! I just hope he doesn’t plan on making his contributions to the blog a weekly habit! ;-)

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  2. Well, I think you did a great job, Kim! I was truly cracking up reading the banter between you and your hubby....thank you for my belly-laugh of the day! Many years ago, we had a leather recliner that started out in Oregon and very happy in that damp and humid climate. The move to AZ was not to its liking, and it started cracking along the headrest and on both arms. It had been expensive, and I used all the leather-dressing products that came with it, but it just kept getting worse. So.....I took some duck-type fabric (today I would probably use drop cloth) that coordinated and made slipcover arms and also a cover for the headrest. It looked pretty good and kept the chair functioning for several more years until other things started going wrong with it. We gotta do what we gotta do!

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    1. I agree, Carol! I have a feeling that the arm is going to need a little cover pretty soon. I don't know how long that repair is going to hold up if he keeps putting his foot up there and old habits die hard! Thanks for the idea! :)

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  3. an excellent job you did, Kim! I can just see the two of you (ladies) looking at each other with this revelation: "I just leaned on it!!" Hilarious!! Thanks for the laugh! And tell you hubby "I" believe him, even if no one else does! But the 'editorial content' was the best!

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    1. Thanks and I'll tell him, Nancy! He'll be happy to have at least one supporter! ;-)

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  4. I'm glad you were able to fix it because I love your couch! Perhaps he will be a bit more careful now.......

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    1. Thank you, I love that floral couch too...and I hope so. He may need some reminding. ;-)

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  5. You're so good! It came together perfectly.

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    1. Thanks Stacey. Now he just better keep his foot off the arm…wish me luck! ;-)

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  6. LOL!!! I had a cheap but nice looking sofa when I'd first moved here. Cheap and on four cheap legs. My middle son sort of just LANDED on the sofa and one of the legs broke and I kept it all even with BOOKS under the legs for years!

    THEN, my chaise lounge...first piece of really nice furniture, according to me, anyway...chewed by a new nervous dog. It's still here with a blanket over it. It's too comfortable to get rid of.

    "I just leaned on it". HA HA HA!!!! This so made my day.

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    1. I guess boys will be boys, huh, Deb? Ha! I am sorry about your furniture, but I am glad to hear that I am not alone!!

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  7. You did a perfect job, Kim. Your hubby was up front (and the convo was really funny!). My guy has made a few small stains on his fave chair without mentioning it to me. Grrrr...

    I love your sofa, mine is a floral like yours and I've had it for over ten years cuz I love it so much. My kids have always said it looks like it belongs in a funeral home. Let's unite---floral is pretty, goes with everything and soooo chic! :)

    Love your gorgeous nails! I want a mani NOW!

    Jane x

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    1. Jane, I have had this couch for about 10 years too and I love, love, love it. My kids make fun of it too...it's outdated apparently. I have a white slipcovered style in the living room (I replaced red plaid sofas- I miss them!), but I will not part with my flowers in the den. I agree, let's unite and start a flowered furniture fan club!! I bet we wouldn't be the only members!

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  8. What a hoot you are Kim! And your husband... egging you on with his comments! Just hilarious! I think you did a fabulous job sewing up the tear... and maybe your husband needs a footstool placed conveniently by the edge of the couch to keep him from having that little escapade again... lol!

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    1. That sounds like it should be my next project…hmmm. Now you have my wheels turning! Thanks!

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  9. LOL sounds like something my husband would do...and say. You know that I'm a quick, easy and cheap fix gal too I agree with you...try to do it yourself. Happy weekend.

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    1. Exactly Kristi! Try it...I figured I couldn't make it any worse...

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  10. Yeah, we have those kinds of "accidents" at our house also...LOL. And the hubby also has a bass guitar and acoustic he likes to play. Seems when the guitars are out, all sorts of mysterious accidents happen...LOL. I think the repair looks awesome and that you did a fabulous job. I don't know if I would have been able to tackle it and would have called in someone to fix it. The sofa is gorgeous!!! HUGS!!

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    1. Thanks Benita and I am sure you would’ve been able to stitch this up! AND YES…what is it with those instruments? I have dings in the wall, broken accessories that have been knocked in to and now a torn couch. I guess that’s what happens around boys and their toys…no matter how old those boys are!! :-)

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  11. Looks perfect! You really did a great job. xxx Maria

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    1. Thank you, Maria Elena! Let's see how it holds up! ;)

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  12. Oh Kim you did a great job repairing the rip in the sofa! You can't even tell that it was ripped. Your husband is too much and at least you two have a sense of humor! Have a wonderful Friday and weekend.
    Julie

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    1. A good sense of humor does help when it comes to a ripped couch, Julie that is for sure! ;-)

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  13. Whewwww . . . great Save The Day Fix!
    (I think someone's foot might have been on the arm of that sofa!)

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    1. I think so too, Lynne! Thanks!

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  14. You did a wonderful job on the repair! You can not tell that a random act of leaning ripped the couch! ;)
    Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Kathy, I am a teeny, tiny bit suspicious about that random leaning...can you tell? ;-)

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  15. You are amazing. Great job.
    Have a great weekend. And keep an eye on him ;-)
    Carla

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    1. Thanks Carla…not really amazing, just impatient enough to want things done right now, so I tend to jump in, for better or worse! Oh and trust me, I’m watching him now! ;-)

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  16. Lol! you made me smile with this post! I'm sorry your sofa tore, but you did a great job fixing it! I sew all the time and it comes in very handy, I don't know why but when someone finds out you can sew it's like they're in awe. For some reason it seems a very intimidating thing to learn, and people are afraid to try. It's fun......when everything goes well:)

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    1. I agree, Rhonda...when everything goes well...my machine and I are not always on speaking terms! ;)

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  17. Good job Kim - and I love your colour scheme.

    Have a happy weekend

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan, I do like color! :)

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  18. You did a great repair job, Kim! This is the way I mend things too.....I do them in a way that makes them look ok again whether it is the 'correct' way or not.....
    Happy new week!
    Helen xox

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    1. Thanks Helen! And if you approve than it must look ok! ;-)

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  19. You did a great job fixing the sofa. Thanks for linking to our Cooking & Crafting with J & J Link Up Party!

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    1. Thanks for hosting Julie and for the feature this week. What a nice way to start off a Monday! :)

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  20. Great repair job! I agree ~ whatever works and is easy on the budget!

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    1. Thanks! I’m pretty happy with the repair, too. I wasn’t sure what to expect!!

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  21. This is such a great tip!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Easier to fix than I though! ;)

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  22. Wow you did a great job fixing the sofa. You can't even tell.

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    1. Thanks Erlene! That's what I was hoping! ;)

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  23. Great repair job Kim. Yup, I am a mending kind of gal. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks Jann. I just hope it holds!

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  24. I'm amazed... it looks brand new! That conversation was hilarious :)

    xo

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    1. Hilarious after I fixed the couch! ;)

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  25. Oh my goodness, what a great repair job you did, better than a professional and I love the fabric on your sofa too!
    I'm pinning, I'm saving, etc... This is perfect for future reference, I have two sofas with your style, so it could come handy.
    Yes, your hubby was right, thanks for sharing in blog land.
    FABBY

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    1. Thanks Fabby!! I hope that your couch remains in one piece and you never have to use that pin! ;-)

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  26. I've had to do this before. You did a much better job than I did.

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    1. Thanks Jenny! I just hope it holds up…and he behaves! Grrr. Thanks for the comment and all the nice visits today! :)

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