No other place is as prone to cigarette burns as the car. Perhaps it is the fact that riders are confined to a small space that causes accidental bumping into another passenger or maybe it is the possibility of sudden stops that causes someone to lose hold of a cigarette. No matter what is the reason for the dropped cigarette and subsequent burn, unless you declare your car a smoke-free zone you are bound to have burns. Learning how to repair cigarette burns is simple and easy; follow these steps and you will have results that rival those the pros at the body shop achieve.
Trim off any blackened fabric with the manicure scissors. Do not cut too much and do not remove any of the undamaged fabric.
Pick up the craft scissors and cut the foam padding to form a little plug that fits into the hole left behind by the cigarette burn. The plug should be big enough to fit snugly into the hole, but not so big as to create a bump in the seat. You may need to experiment with different sizes until you find the right one for your needs.
Thread the curved needle with the thin, clear fishing line and carefully sew together the fabric over the foam plug. Do not get the needle caught in the foam itself. The goal is to have the plug seated underneath the cloth weave. This takes care of small cigarette burns or those that affect an area that is hard to reach.
Inspect the underside of your seat. If you have larger or multiple cigarette burns you need to have textile swatches that match the fabric of your cloth seat. Frequently you will find that the cloth stretched over the framing has a bit of overage that is not needed but was not completely cut off during manufacture. Cut off a bit of the overage.
Cut foam plugs to fill in the hole or multiple holes. Once again, make sure the fit is snug and the plugs do not overstuff the holes.
Thread the curved needle with the color matched sewing thread. Stitch together the edges of the cigarette burns and the edges of the plugs. Do not pull too hard on the thread, since it can rip right through the foam.
Cut the swatch of cloth you removed to fit over the remaining hole. Make it just a bit bigger than the actual hole. Clue the swatch of fabric to the foam plug with the super glue. Do not use too much glue but instead use just enough to cover the foam plug and an infinitely small portion of the perimeter that showcases your sewing.
Let the glue applied over the cigarette burns dry completely. Take the manicure scissors and very carefully cut off any overage that is left after covering the foam plugs.