This is the way I learned while working at a tailor shop. It is the strongest way to mend a hole. It doesn’t leave the look of “I bought these jeans with the holes in them.” Anyway, my example is on one of my husband’s favorite jeans. The hole is right next to another mend I did. The previous mend is how we met, read about it here. I wouldn’t recommend mending next to a mend, but I had to save the pants.
The hole.

How to Mend a Hole
1. Measure the hole.
How to Mend a Hole
2. Cut a piece of thick fabric that size and shape. Make sure the fabric is similar in color. My fabric is plaid; it’s all I could find. But the color matches pretty well. If I had pinking shears, I would have cut is out with those to stop the edges from fraying. Round off the edges so it won’t get caught as easy.
How to Mend a Hole
3. Cut out a piece of Heat-n-bond or Stitch Witchery a little bit smaller than the fabric piece. In this example, I used heat-n-bond.
How to Mend a Hole
4. Iron them together. Make sure that you iron the Heat-n-Bond or stitch witchery to the RIGHT side of the fabric. The side with the iron-on stuff will be what shows through the hole.
How to Mend a Hole
5. Peel of the paper backing.
How to Mend a Hole

6. Iron it onto the pants.

How to Mend a Hole
Ironed on.
How to Mend a Hole
7. Next, from the inside sew 1/8 inch all around the patch. This is called a perimeter stitch. Use thread that matches the fabric. Don’t you love my drawn on red stitching?
How to Mend a Hole
8. Now from the outside sew forwards and backwards across the hole. I like the follow the diagonal of the weave so that the stitching blends in better. You can do many fun things with the stitching though, like the blue and yellow for example. OR, go to this variation to see another kind of mending.
How to Mend a Hole
This is what it looks like on the inside. I did use tan color thread in the bobbin. Sometimes I just really don’t want to wind a bobbin. I’m a little lazy.
How to Mend a Hole

Good luck with all your mending!

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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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3 thoughts on “How to Mend a Hole

  1. Re: the bobbin thread, It's not lazy it's resourceful! Only discovered you blog recently and I'm really glad I did. Thanks for all the wonderful things you share, it's very inspirational!

    Posted on November 17, 2012 at 6:43 am
  2. This would have been handy when I had boys around! BUT you never know…I might get really rowdy one day and need this skill too! 😉

    I thought of you & your kitchen when I saw this post this am:Lemon Wreath
    Have a great weekend!

    Posted on March 11, 2011 at 3:26 pm
  3. wow, thank you so much for posting this!! Seriously I had mended some of my son's pants and he tore them again, I'm so glad I didn't throw them away, now I can mend them again during the spring following this tutorial. Thank you Heather!

    Posted on March 9, 2011 at 3:40 am