Do you have a favorite sweatshirt or t-shirt that's developed a tiny hole? If you ignore the hole, vainly hoping it will disappear or repair itself, you're likely going to find a much bigger hole in the near future. But, with a few simple steps like the ones below, you can save your favorite shirt from a life in the junk clothes pile (or worse- the dump!).
This video from Professor Pincushion shows two different methods for repairing the tiny holes, including one no-sew option. Keep reading for the full directions on how this works.
No Sew Option
What you need
For the no sew option you'll need parchment paper, ironing board, hot iron, thin cloth, fusible bonding web (lightweight) and lightweight stabilizer. (The bonding web and stabilizer are both inexpensive and available in most sewing departments.)
One note before you start
Before you get started, keep in mind that these repairs work best for smaller holes, but don't be afraid to try them with slightly larger holes.
1. Lay a piece of parchment paper on your ironing board and lay your damaged shirt (inside out) on top of the paper.
2. Using your fingers, squeeze the hole so that's it's as small as possible (squishing the fabric together gently).
3. Cut a small square of fusible bonding web (ultralight weight) a little larger than the damaged area, and lay it on top of the hole. Add a slightly larger piece of lightweight stabilizer on top.
4. Being careful not to move anything, cover the area with a light cloth (this will protect the shirt from the heat of the iron.)
5. With your iron set to "wool," spritz the cloth to dampen the area over the damaged area. Place your iron on top of the cloth over the damaged area and hold for 10 seconds. Do not move the iron on the cloth.
6. Set the iron and cloth aside and flip your sweater right side out. Use your fingers to push the hole even closer together on the outside. Place your iron directly on the sweater and hold for a few seconds.
The hole will now be practically invisible (except on the inside).
Professor Pincushion details another option in the video below. The second option works well if you want a more invisible repair and you don't mind trying your hand at sewing.
Check out the video below and if you want to help your friends save their favorite shirt (and a few bucks in the process), share this tutorial with them on Facebook.