How to Repair a Small Hole

If one of our garments ever comes apart at a seam, or suffers significant damage, bring it in to one of our stores and we can get it fixed for you. But if it’s only a small hole that’s causing the problem, you might want to have a crack at it yourself! Just think of the smugness…

Materials You'll Need
  • Needle
  • Thread (matching the colour of your fabric)
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue (optional)
Step 1: Assess the Damage
Examine the hole to determine its size and location. If it's a small hole, roughly the size of a pencil eraser or smaller, you can likely repair it with simple stitching. If it's larger or in a highly visible area, bring it in to one of our stores and we can get it professionally repaired (see here).

Step 2: Prepare Your Needle and Thread
Cut a length of thread, usually about 18-24 inches (45-60 cm) long. Thread one end of the thread through the eye of the needle and pull it through until you have an even length of thread on each side. Tie a knot at the ends of the thread to secure it.

Step 3: Position the Fabric
Place the damaged fabric on a flat, stable surface, like a table or ironing board, with the hole facing up. Smooth out any wrinkles or folds to ensure you have a clean working surface.

Step 4: Stitch the Hole
Start stitching by inserting the needle into the fabric just above the hole, coming up from the backside. Leave a small tail (about 1-2 inches or 2.5-5 cm) hanging out the back. Sew a series of small, closely spaced stitches across the hole, working your way from one side to the other.

Step 5: Secure the Thread
After covering the entire hole with stitches, pass the needle to the backside of the fabric. Tie a secure knot by wrapping the thread around the stitches a couple of times and then pass the needle through the loop before pulling it tight.

Step 6: Trim Excess Thread
Carefully trim any excess thread, leaving a small tail. Ensure that your knots are tight and secure so the repair won't come undone.

Step 7: Test the Repair
Gently stretch and manipulate the fabric around the repaired area to ensure the stitches hold and the hole is closed.

Step 8: Optional - Reinforce with Fabric Glue
For added durability, you can apply fabric glue to the backside of the repaired area. Allow it to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.

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