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By Grow and Make Contributing Editor Kristina Strain

Materials Needed:

Sewing machine
Matching thread
A scrap of woven iron-on interfacing
An iron

Time required: Ten minutes


First, turn your article of clothing inside-out, and find the hole.




Cut a piece of interfacing a little bigger than your hole, and lay it adhesive-side-down on top of your hole. Heat up your iron, and press the interfacing until it sticks.

Turn your garment right side out. Thread your machine with matching thread, and set it to zig-zag stitch. Zig-zag back and forth several times over the hole, making sure you catch any frayed edges. Now should have something that looks like this.

Trim the threads and you’re good to go!

Check out these additional ‘Sewing Basics’ articles:

How to Sew a Button
How to Mend a Seam
How to Take in a Shirt
How to Hem
How to Mend a Hole