This week lovely Jessica invited me to guest post as part of her Thrifty Fridays posts. I wrote a super simple DIY for mending holes with cute patches and I thought I’d share it here too! (This tutorial is very basic so probably not terribly informative for crafty peeps, but I thought it might be helpful to our less crafty friends.)
To repair a hole you’ll need a piece of cute material to make the patch out of, some fusible interfacing, scissors, a pen, a piece of paper, a needle and thread.
Draw your desired patch shape onto your piece of paper. I chose a simple heart but the possibilities are endless – stars, flowers, clouds – use whatever design your little heart desires!
Cut out your paper patch template.
Iron the fusible interfacing to the back of your patch fabric. This will help prevent the patch from fraying.
Use your pen (or some dressmaking chalk) to trace around your paper template, onto the patch fabric. It’s best to do this on the interfacing side so that once the patch has been sewn on, the markings will not be visible.
Cut the patch out. You might also like to pin it to the item you are repairing, to make the patch more secure while you stitch it on.
Sew the patch on! I did this by hand, using backstitch. If the hole you are repairing is quite large, it is best to darn the hole before you sew the patch on. There are lots of simple darning tutorials on Youtube.
Tie the thread off and you’re done!
Wear your pretty patch with pride! Here’s a sweet cardigan I patched this way:
Thrifty and cute! What could be better than that?
Do you have any other tips or tricks for giving old, tired garments a second life? If so, please do share! It’s so nice when we can mend or recycle things, instead of just throwing them out.