By learning how to fix a hole in your clothes you can give them a new life. 

DIY: How to Fix a Hole in Clothes

The textile waste that we create has a huge impact on the environment. According to EPA, only 13% of the material used for clothing ends up being recycled. There is no way that we can continue like this, and, so how can we extend the life cycle of our clothes? How can we turn our unwanted garments into something useful?

Can we all do something about this problem? Yes, we can all learn a few easy hand embroidery stitches to mend, repair, and rewear our loved clothes. Little alterations with little funny embroidery might give us more joy and gratefulness rather than throwing the garments into the landfill.

Mending a hole in a cashmere sweater

Having a cashmere piece in your wardrobe is such a great and luxurious addition, however, they might start to have moth holes over time. Follow these easy steps to mend them with cute floral embroidery and make them more unique.


  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Embroidery Hoop (if you don’t have it’s ok too)

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1. Firstly, mount your embroidery hoop. Sandwich your garment between the circles. The smaller circle goes under, and the bigger circle with the screw comes on top. Tighten the screw just enough, to hold it tight.

2. Cut about 24 inches of thread. You can also measure also your arm’s length.

3. Take 3 strands of embroidery thread. You can take a thicker thread. I find it easier to work with 3 or 4 strands.

4. Go through the eye of the needle and leave a short tail on one side. Tie a knot on the other end. (Video here.)

5.  Start from the back of the hoop, place the needle through the right side of the sweater. The knot should be sitting on the backside where we don’t wanna see it. As shown in the photo above, make a couple of stitches to close the hole.

6. Continue going from side to side, filling a circle shape. This method is called Satin stitch.)

7. Once your circle is closed, finish by securing with a knot.

8. Take another color to make the leaves of the flower, use Satin stitch again.

Repairing the holes on T-shirts with Floral Embroidery

Your favorite T-shirt has holes? Let’s make some tulips! Take 2 strands of embroidery floss and close the hole with satin stitches. You can go from one side to another to fill the shape you prefer. Then make the pedicles using a stem stitch.

t-shirt repair steps

Find the imperfections and embroider something small but meaningful for you and make them last. As a result, you will have beautiful brand new clothes.

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If you like to practice your embroidery skills you can our embroidery workshops.
Have a look at the upcoming dates here, and join us for a creative fun repairing class!

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