How to Repair a Hole in a T-Shirt



is a hole in your t-shirt bumming you out i'm Toba with Professor pincushion and in today's tutorial I'm going to show you how to repair it when your t-shirt is damaged you have a few options toss it wear it with the hole or you can repair it this repair is so easy you'll be able to enjoy your favorite t-shirt for years to come grab your t-shirt and let's get started I'm going to be demonstrating two different techniques both of these techniques work best for holes that are really tiny like the pin holes so if they're five millimeters or less it's probably going to work best for both of these techniques and the first one I'm going to show you is the no sew option so you can see my little tiny hole here in my t-shirt the first thing I'm going to do is take it to my ironing board flip the shirt inside out and you're going to press this area where the hole is located I've already pressed the section then I'm going to come in with my fingers and just kind of try to bring the edges together because the smaller this area that we're repairing the better off it's going to be in the end I'm next going to cut a very small piece of some fusible bonding web it looks like this and you can see it's just a little bit bigger than of the area that I'm trying to repair and this is a ultra lightweight because we don't want anything heavy to be fused on the back of our t-shirt and then on top of that is a slightly bigger piece of lightweight cutaway or so in stabilizer so you can find both of these in the notions department now if you don't have either one of these you can try to do this technique with a lightweight fusible interfacing but again make sure that it's very lightweight before I put this on though I'm just going to point out that underneath this section I just have some parchment paper and that's because I want to make sure that the fusible bonding web which is basically a glue that it doesn't go through the hole and get onto my ironing board so I'm just using the parchment paper as a protection I have my iron heating up on the wool setting I'm going to place a press cloth without shifting anything underneath and then I'm going to dampen that then I'm going to carefully place the iron down and don't shift it just put it straight down and leave it there for about 10 seconds flip it over to the right side so this is that section right there and just because it still is a tiny tiny hole I'm just going to kind of push it together and then I'm going to press the right side with the iron and as you start to do this you'll start seeing it come together here we have the finished results and you can see it does a pretty good job especially with this tiny pinholes you're not even going to notice it unless you know it's there now the con with this way is that you are going to tell if you look on the inside of the shirt because you do have that stabilizer that's going to show now I'm going to show you a different technique now this one is with the hand you don't want thread you want to use a matching color I'm going to go ahead and use a contrasting one so it stands out a little bit more for you and I'm looking at the wrong side of my t-shirt again so I'm just grabbing a few strands here at the end you don't want to grab a huge chunk of fabric because we don't really want it to show up as much on the right side but we do want to anchor that into place so now I'm just going to grab a few strands again on the opposite side of the opening here and then I'm very gently going to start pulling it and it's going to bring the two sides together so now I'm going to the opposite side I'm grabbing a few strands and then I'm going to very carefully bring them together and I'm just going to keep doing that so I'm going from side to side until I get to the other side and then I'm going to tie a knot here's the right side of that same section this is where I did the repair so you can see that when you bring the two sides together it does create a little bit of a ridge right in that repair section so after I finish doing my stitching I look at the front and then I just kind of massage it with my fingers just very gently pulling it you don't want to pull your stitches or anything like that but it does kind of help flatten it out and even though you'll notice the repair there it's not going to be noticed at a distance here are the two repairs side by side so this is the one that we did for fusing right here and this is the one I just did with sewing this one right here yeah it's really easy but it really only works well if the holes are super super tiny this one probably handle a whole that's a little bit bigger but it's definitely going to stand out more we hope you enjoyed this tutorial please subscribe to get notified of our weekly releases also check out professorpincushion.com to view our complete library well over 350 sewing tutorials if you would like to directly support us you can check out our patreon campaign and earn some exclusive 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45 thoughts on “How to Repair a Hole in a T-Shirt

  1. I have pets and every now and then they get rambunctious or too playful and their paws and claws sometimes have put a hole in a t-shirt or similar material at least the next time this happens I will know my options.

  2. I remember my grandmother darning my socks……….she was even better at it than my mother, and when she was done you could not feel where the repair was made. No hot spots on socks is the toughest thing to do when darning!

  3. Hey it should be easy to sew a hole in my shirt
    >FUSIBLE BONDING WEB
    >ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT CUTAWAY STABILIZER
    oh there is an alternative
    >LIGHTWEIGHT FUSIBLE INTERFACING
    Come on i'm not trying to craft +3 shirt

  4. Wore my favorite tshirt to work and was so angry to see that I had a small hole developed on the front bottom…bothered me all day! Thanks for this trick! 🙂

    I'll never wear my favorite shirts to work again! Lol

  5. Wished I'd have see this interface method earlier, I've been thread repairing the Mr's shirts.
    No knot and smaller needle would yield a better results with the thread method.

  6. It would be nice if you listed the products you used in the video description. I'm trying to find the stabilizer on Amazon and having trouble. One of the ones I found is put on by dunking it in water, and another needs an adhesive. I'm very confused.

  7. My go to is Aleen's Flexible Stretchable Fabric Glue. I think it works the best. Work the hole together and place a piece of clear scotch tape on the front/outer side of garmet and glue on the inside. Fyi, I pull the tape back and adjust as I'm working the fabric together. When I feel it's acceptable I apply the glue. Begin with the smallest amount of glue possible…on some thin fabrics I use the tip of a needle to transfer the glue and spread a thin layer. Don't over work the glue when applying or apply too much, as glue can come through very thin or loosely woven fabrics. I don't use backing material the majority of the time…patience with thin layers letting each dry min 1-4 hrs, fabric dependent and thickness of glued layer dependent, before checking. DON'T stress the hole if you're compelled to remove the tape at this time. (24-48 for full dry and wearable). You'll know if you need more when it drys. It has always stayed intact through washing for years.

  8. This was extremely useful! Our washer tends to make these small holes in our clothes and we don't know why. There's nothing worse, than getting a brand new t-shirt, only to wash it once and find a hole in it. This has really helped us out a lot! Thanks!

  9. TY! This video just helped me repair one of the numerous cat claw holes in my tank tops 🙂 not perfect, but good enough for me to keep wearing it w/out being on show 😀

  10. Would these same techniques work on the fabric used by LulaRoe 96% polyester and 4% spandex. My garment actually has a V cut with scissors flaw.

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