Do you want to know how to repair fabric car seats? It’s normal to feel depressed when your car seat is cracked or burned. Fortunately, however, there is usually a simple solution to the problem, or at least it can prevent it from getting worse.

See these tips to deal with the most common types of seat damage.

Holes and Burns

Research into how fabric seats can be repaired for cars that have been punctured or burned shows fairly quickly that a patch is usually the best way to deal with this type of wear. However, not all patches are created in the same way: you will want to get one that matches not only the color of the seat you are working on but also the strength of the material needed to cope with regular use.

Most patches can be connected with a contact adhesive, which is usually available in an aerosol can or as a plate that can be cut to fit the hole size. Heat (from an iron or heat gun) is used to ensure a strong bond. Don’t worry about sewing a repair like this: the adhesive will work just as well when it comes to covering a burn or a tear.


If you have a tear that is more than a couple of inches wide, a patch will most likely not work. Professional repair is always the best bet from an aesthetic perspective in this situation, but there are DIY options that will stop the tear until you can enter the store.

Using a curved needle and thread, sew the tear with an X stitch from top to bottom. This will keep the sides together under the larger patch that you will have to apply to cover the stitch. Use an adhesive similar to the one discussed above, but remember that it is the seams, not the glue, that hold the break together. Avoid the temptation to overuse sticky things.


Does the padding of your seat disappoint you? Looking at how to repair cloth car seats from a padded perspective is not that difficult either. You should feel comfortable when you remove your seats to access the upholstery from the bottom of the device. Apart from that, with the right tools, it is largely a question of time to remove the cover and insert new and economical seat foam and to have the right tools like the right pliers for upholstery clips.

Be sure to add an additional inch to the amount of old foam that is already in the seat to take into account the compression that has occurred, and leave an additional inch of foam on each side to account for any shrinkage or crease that may occur.