Whether a band of rogue moths have done damage in your sweater drawer or you ripped your best jeans in some kind of teen-movie-style fence-jumping adventure, chances are something you used to love to wear has a hole in it. And not in a cool way. In my experience, these items tend to fester, taking up precious real estate in my closet while also being unwearable, something I usually don’t remember until I’ve already put on the garment in question, and become surprised anew by a circle of skin that is exposed where it should not be.
That’s why, as part of our series on taking care of your clothes so that they last forever (or close to it), we’re moving on to the mending of small holes (never mind how they got there). Read the steps below, and if you have tips of your own, let us know in the comments! —Mallory
How to Fix a Hole
1. Thread the needle
2. Tie a knot at the end of the thread by wrapping the thread around your index finger and rolling the thread off your finger. Pull the thread tight.
3. Turn your garment inside out.
4. Push the needle through fabric near the hole until it stops at your knot. You only want to capture the top fibers of the fabric, so do not push the needle all the way through to the other side of the garment. The needle will end up on the same side of the garment as you started.
5. Cross your thread over the hole and push the needle through fabric near the hole. As in step four, you only want to capture the top fibers of the fabric, so do not push the needle all the way through to the other side of the garment.
6. Pull the thread so that the hole begins to close slightly, though do not pull too tight to where your fabric begins to overlap. You want to make sure that the fabric stays very flat throughout the whole process.
7. Continue crossing your thread back and forth over the hole in a straight line, pulling tight enough to close the hole but not overlap the fabric.
8. Turn your garment over to ensure that you have patched the entire hole.
9. Continue step seven until the entire hole is patched.
10. To tie the knot, create a loop with your thread and stick the needle through the loop. Pull tight to secure. Repeat to create one more knot.
While You’re Here…
Need a sewing kit? Try these.
Do you see holes as an opportunity to accessorize? So does Eliz.
And finally, should you suddenly feel ready to go to town on all of your out-of-commission clothing, we’ve got a few more stories for you.
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