Fix Your Couch




About: I get restless, so I make things.

Sometimes bad things happen to good couches... very, very bad things.

Reupholstering is awesome, but hard. If your couch cushions are ripped, but the rest of your couch is intact, why replace everything? This instructable offers an easier solution. 

Note: O Skylos Rex (pictured) is innocent. He was used for re-enactment of a crime committed by another dog.

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Step 1: Damage Removal

The level of destruction exerted on your couch is will determine how much must be replaced. In this case, only the tops of the cushions were... eaten.

First, remove the cover from the cushions.

Next, using a seam ripper, remove the damaged portions of the cushions. Set the removed portions aside, you will use these as a pattern for the replacement fabric.

Step 2: The Cover Up

Find a suitable fabric that either contrasts or matches your couch. Use your imagination. If you have enough undamaged fabric from the old pieces, consider sewing some of the new and old fabric together to create an interesting pattern. This is a great opportunity to customize your couch.

Using the removed, damaged fabric as a pattern, cut new pieces of fabric.

Turn the couch cushion inside-out. Pin the replacement fabric in place and sew around the edges.

Be sure that patterns face the same direction when fixing couches with multiple cushions.

Step 3: Good Job

You kept your couch out of landfill!!! There is rarely a reason to buy something new; You can fix what you've got and make it cooler than something you could find in the store.

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    6 years ago

    Awesome instructable! With 3 dogs, I'm sure to use it! Also, what kind of dog is O Skylos Rex? He looks incredibly like our Abber-doodle whose picture I've included.

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    4 replies

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you!! O Skylos is half boxer, half pit bull according to the shelter we adopted him at. What kind of dog is Abber-doodle?? What a cutie.


    Reply 4 years ago

    The closest thing phonetically would be labra-doodle or labr-doodle. Labrador/Poodle mix.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    That repair actually looks really nice. The 2 tone gives it character. To make it look like it really belongs you could use the same fabric in the little curled panels on the armrests (held in place by the brass tacks).

    1 reply

    I agree. If you used that fabric in the curled panels, it would really tie it in. Still looks great though. Amazing job!


    6 years ago

    Okay now I don't have to spend a fortune on a new couch


    6 years ago

    We adopted her from a shelter as well, so we're not too sure, but we always figured boxer/pit and something smallish. She's an awesome dog.