Unilever logo
Cleanipedia ZA logo

How to Repair Holes In Your Clothes?

In today’s era of sustainable fashion and upcycling, getting rid of an article of clothing when the first sign of a hole appears is no longer popular practice.

Updated

Reading Time: 5 minutes

How to Repair Holes In Your Clothes

We are more conscious of the life cycle of clothing and how throwing material away means filling up landfills with clothing that cannot biodegrade.

Holes don’t have to mean the end of the line for clothing, in fact, they can be the start of something greater. Skip has put together a guide on how to mend your clothes, giving you advice on all types of fabric recycling and mending like denim, cotton, polyester, and wool.

How to Repair Holes in Denim?

Denim pants and shorts commonly get holes and tears in them because of the hard-wearing use most of them get put under. Many of us wear jeans throughout the year, almost daily sometimes, and eventually wear and tear can take its toll. Instead of throwing away your favourite denims when they get torn or have a hole, here’s how you can mend them:

  • If you have a sewing machine, use a zig-zag stitch to mend the hole.

  • You can hand stitch the hole if you don’t have a machine. Use a piece of denim cut off and hand stitch it onto the back of the garment.

  • You can cut out a colourful piece of fabric or shape and hand-stitch the patch onto the front of the denim to give it a new, hippy-like look.

  • You can do a crochet stitch through the hole or a decorative stitch around the hole to also create a new, colourful look to your jeans.

How to Repair Holes in Cotton and Other Fabrics?

Holes in cotton and other materials are also common and can be mended depending on where the hole is. If it is near a seam or fold, it is easier. If it is a small hole in the middle of a shirt or pants, you may have to look at patching it from the outside rather.

  • If you have a sewing machine and the hole or tear is near a seam, you can simply fold the fabric slightly and sew it back in place.

  • If the hole is in the middle of the fabric, it is best to try and hand stitch it closed or patch it like we recommended for denim fabric above.

How to Repair Holes in Wool?

Repairing holes in wool is also know as darning. This is an art form, and you need to have some practice in darning to know what to do. Top tips for darning wool include.

  • Always darn a hole in wool with the same colour wool (or as close to it as possible) so that you won’t see the darn.

  • When you darn, always turn the garment inside out Always tie small knots at the end of your darn, to secure the wool and ensure it doesn’t come apart again.

Make a Sustainable Choice and Use an Entrepreneur

If you don’t have the time, or the inclination, to repair holes in clothes yourself, why not take them to a local entrepreneur who could do it for you? By giving business to a local business, you’re also doing your part to promote small businesses and keep the entrepreneurial South African spirit alive. Here’s how:

  • Ask friends and family in your area for recommendations on seamstresses or businesses that can mend clothing

  • Ask on community groups or social media feeds for recommendations too

  • If you find someone who offers a great service, tell people about them. Work of mouth is how entrepreneurs stay alive and recommendations can help their businesses thrive

How to Wash Newly Mended Clothing for the First Time?

Recycling clothes can be an extremely rewarding exercise. You’re getting to keep the clothes you love, you’re making a difference to the environment and sustainability of our planet, and you’re saving yourself a lot of money too. Once you’ve done your best to repair the clothing (or supported a local business to do it for you), it’s time to give the garment its first wash. Here’s how:

  • Wash the garment with clothing that is alike in colour and fabric

  • Choose a gentle wash cycle in your washing machine and opt for a cold temperature wash. Add Skip Auto Washing Liquid to the detergent dispenser in your machine and don’t forget to add your favourite fabric conditioner in too. Skip not only makes your clothes look as good as new but cares for your fabrics as well.

  • Once the cycle has finishes, dry the clothing outside in the warm, hot sun for best results.

For more fabric cleaning tips and other great home care tricks, visitCleanipedia today.

Frequently asked questions on repairing holey clothes

How do you repair damaged clothes?

Recycled fashion is all about using your clothing for as long as possible, which mean repair damaged clothing when they get holes in them or torn rather than just throwing them away. Read our blog above on how to repair holes in your clothes.

Can torn clothes be fixed?

Most tears and holes can be fixed yes. It depends where the tear is, of course.

How do you repair fabric without sewing?

If you don’t have a sewing machine at home, you can use a needle and thread to hand stitch clothing too.

How do you join two pieces of fabric together?

You either need to use a sewing machine or a needle and thread to hand stitch it.

Originally published