How To Embroider Over A Hole

When clothes get holes, our first thought is to stop wearing them. Or throwing them away. However, holes in clothes are a great opportunity to test our creative side. Why throw away your clothes when you can embroider over a hole?

How Do You Embroider Over A Hole?

When it comes to embroidery over holes, you can either do it by hand or by machine. If you are doing it by hand, draw your embroidery design around the hole. Get the right embroidery threads and needles depending on the fabric you want to embroider on and start your embroidery.

Method 1. Embroidery Over A Hole By Hand

Step 1. When you want to embroider over a hole, first make sure that the garment you want to embroider on is clean. Wash, dry, and iron it. This makes the fabric easy to work on. It also ensures that it will not shrink once the embroidery is completed. A wrinkle-free fabric or garment also enhances the appearance of the pattern embroidered on it.

Step 2. Identify the location of the hole on the garment. You can decide on the type of embroidery pattern to make depending on the location and size of the hole on the garment. For example, if the hole is on pants and around the knee area, you can decide to use an embroidered fabric patch on the hole. If it is on a T-shirt, you can make your pattern around the hole.

Step 3. If there is enough space around the hole on your garment, transfer the pattern of your embroidery onto the garment. You can trace it from a magazine directly or use tracing paper. You can also use a marking pen to draw the pattern of your embroidery around the hole on your garment.

Step 4. Get the correct embroidery needles for the fabric of your garment. Also, get the right embroidery threads. When you use embroidery as your hole mending method, don’t worry about the color of the thread you use. Different color threads make your embroidery stand out.

Step 5. Thread your needle with the required strands of embroidery thread that you need. Depending on your embroidery pattern and the stitches you intend to use, you can use from one to six strands of embroidery thread.

Step 6. Start stitching according to your embroidery design. You can have different sizes of embroidery around the holes. You can also have any type of embroidery design that you like. Since you want to mend a hole, use embroidery stitches that you can comfortably use. This will help to enhance your final product.

Step 7. When embroidering over a hole, you don’t have to repair the hole. You just need to ensure that your embroidery pattern covers it completely. Thereby mending it and embellishing the garment at the same time.

Also, consider the state of the fabric of the garment. If you are working on lightweight fabrics, you may need to use a stabilizer for the best results.

If the garment is too worn out, or old, make sure that your design around the hole is on stable fabric. This ensures that you have a stable point on which your embroidery needles can pass through. Don’t stitch too close to the hole.

Step 8. When you finish your embroidery design around the hole, make strong knots. Some embroidery professionals factor in the knots as part of their designs. Making their finished embroidery elegant and appealing.

You can have as many designs as there are holes in a garment. You are only limited by your creativity.

Method 2. Using Applique

Step 1. Prepare the clothes that need to be appliqued by washing, drying, and ironing them. Have your embroidery thread and needles ready. You will also need scissors, double-sided interfacing with paper on one side, an iron, and an ironing board, and embroidery design templates. You will also need extra fabric that will be embroidered on and used to cover the hole on your garment.

Step 2. Take your piece of applique fabric, place it on the interfacing, and cut around both. You will have interfacing the size of the applique fabric. Bring the wrong sides of the fabric and the interfacing together and iron them together. You will now have the paper side of the interfacing and the right side of the fabric on top.

Step 3. Draw or trace your embroidery pattern onto the paper side of the interfacing. You could use templates or draw your design by hand if you can. Use a pencil or any other type of marker that you may have. You can make as many designs as you have holes to embroider over.

Step 4. Cut off the edges of the embroidery design that you just drew on the interfacing. You can use scissors or a rotary cutter for speed and accuracy.

Step 5. Remove the interfacing from the fabric to leave you with the embroidery pattern that you will embroider over the hole on your garment. Press this fabric as you prepare to stitch it over the hole on your garment.

Step 6. You can stitch your embroidery over a hole by hand or by a sewing machine. If you are going to use a sewing machine, set it to a normal zigzag stitch and test the stitch on a different fabric.

Step 7. Place your embroidery design over the hole that you want to cover. You can use pins to hold it in place as you bring it to the sewing machine.

Step 8. Align the garment with the needle and start stitching. You will be sewing along the edges of the applique embroidery pattern that you are embroidering over the hole in the garment. Move your fabric along the sewing machine needle so that it gets properly attached to the garment. Move your garment and applique along the sewing machine according to the design of the applique fabric being attached.

Step 9. When you have finished stitching the embroidered applique over the hole, remove it from the sewing machine. Check for any hanging threads both on the surface of the applique and behind. Tie them into knots and cut off the excess thread.

Step 10. When you have finished this, you are now through with applique embroidery over a hole in a garment. You will now have to press it with an iron one more time. Press for about ten seconds on each corner of the applique embroidery. This will help to make it more permanent and appealing.

How Do You Fix A Hole In Your Jeans Without Sewing

Sewing jeans is a difficult process. You need a sewing machine or to take it to a professional for repairs. However, you can fix holes in your jeans without sewing by machine or by hand. This is a time and effort-saving tip that you can use to fix holes in your jeans quickly.

First, assess the state of your jeans and the size of holes that you need to fix. On your jeans or from other denim fabrics cut out pieces of fabric that you can use as patches. Place them on the hole to see if they are a fit. Or, measure the size of fabric you need before you cut the fabric.

When you establish your patches are good for the job, turn your jeans inside out. Spread them on your working surface so that you can see the holes you want to fix. Place the patches on the holes to see how well they fit.

Lift the patches of the holes and pour fabric glue around the holes. Also pour some on the patches. Place the patches back on the glue around the hole and press the patches on your jeans.

Let your jeans rest for about 24 hours. Then press the patches onto the holes again. Turn it inside out and you have fixed holes in your jeans without sewing.

Tips To Fix Holes In Your Garment

Visible mending is an opportunity to mend holes in your garment beautifully. A moment to let your creativity show in the most mundane of sewing tasks. Repairing clothes. Visible mending allows you to use color and contrast to mend everything.

When you use visible mending, you need to first consider the state of your garment. Is it too old? This means that you consider the strength of the fabric to find the best locations for your stitches.

When using visible mending to mend holes. You can consider the use of a stabilizer. A stabilizer ensures prevents your stitches and fabric from puckering.

You can incorporate unique designs in your mending. Just like in embroidery you will need to draw the design onto the garment before you start stitching the design.

Use short stitches for the best results. Or, you can cut off with scissors any long threads or patches on your visible mending.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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