Instead of throwing away a sweater that has a hole in it, you can easily mend it! It’s an easy fix to give a new life to any sweater!

I love wearing warm, snuggly sweaters in crisp, cold weather. But what do you do if your sweater gets a snag or a hole? I love knowing how to fix a hole in a sweater, so I can keep wearing all my favorite sweaters!

How to Fix a Hole in a Sweater //

Mending a hole in a sweater is a simple sewing project. It takes less than half an hour, but it’s like getting a whole new sweater. I’ve mended a open knit sweater and a tightly knit sweater, and it works on both.

If you are looking for a free and easy gift, this would be a good one. Secretly mend the sweater of a family member and then give it to them again. They would love having a fixed sweater!

How to Fix a Hole in a Sweater //

I thrifted this sweater recently with the hole and all. I loved the subtle stripes and colors, and the lace applique on the sleeves and shoulders are so pretty. It reminds me of this refashioned sweater I made a couple of years ago.

How to Fix a Hole in a Sweater //


  • Sweater with a hole
  • Matching thread
  • Hand needle
  • Scissors

How to Fix a Hole in a Sweater //

How to Fix a Hole in a Sweater

1. When picking a thread you need to get a color that matches the closest. I like to pull multiple strings in different colors over the item I’m working on. Then I squint my eyes to see which one blends the best.

How to Fix a Hole in a Sweater //

2. I chose the off-white thread because it blended in the best with the sweater yarn.

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2. Watch the video to see how to mend with thread and a hand needle.

3. The knitting looks slightly different where it’s mended, but you have to look really close to see it. The mending blends in really well. 

How to Fix a Hole in a Sweater //

If you mend a sweater using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

How to Fix a Hole in a Sweater //

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Author: Heather Handmade

I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

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  1. Thank-you for the tutorial. I can now be more open to those cashmere sweaters at the thrift store with one hole! My only suggestion would be to use a dark background for the white sweater to make it easier to see. Still a great and easy tut- Thank-you.

    Posted on November 29, 2018 at 9:21 am