Mend your clothes without a stitch: The no-sew hole fixing guide!

What is causing these little holes… I don’t wear belts and it’s not my washing machine. Read full story in comments.

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If it happens that a hole appears on your favorite piece of clothing, there’s no need to worry. You don’t have to be a skilled seamstress to repair these tiny holes! The method described below is particularly suitable for small holes as it prevents the need for visible stitches. With a bit of practice, you can mend these annoying pinpricks in a matter of minutes.

The main reason for these holes are moths, but they aren’t the sole culprits.

Regular wear and tear, as well as snags from daily items and accessories, can also lead to these frustrating holes. Here are some common causes:

  • Zippers
  • Bras
  • Belts
  • Your washing machine
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Snags on rough surfaces

How can we prevent these holes from appearing on our clothing?

If you spot holes at the bottom of your shirts, it might be due to belt buckles rubbing against the fabric. To prevent this, consider forgoing the belt altogether, regularly adjust its position, or use sandpaper to smooth any rough edges.

If you tuck your shirts into jeans, the holes could be caused by the zipper. Zippers can also damage clothing in the washing machine. To prevent this, ensure to zip up your jeans, hoodies, and any other garments before washing them. It’s also wise to close bras before washing to prevent metal clasps from snagging onto other clothing. Alternatively, you can use a washing bag to keep bras separate, especially if they tend to unclasp during washing.

Overloading the washing machine can help prevent holes from happening. Remember to turn items with beads, buttons, or other decorations inside out before washing. Additionally, keep delicate materials like cotton and silk separate from sturdier pieces like sheets and towels. For delicate items, opt for a low spin cycle.

The overuse of chlorine bleach can also result in holes in clothing. Consider utilizing environmentally friendly alternatives such as vinegar, citric acid, or baking soda.

While moths are known for causing holes, especially in materials such as wool, silk, and leather, they can also damage other fabrics. To repel moths, consider placing dried lavender in mesh bags or using essential oils like mint. In case of a severe infestation, wash your clothes in warm water and clean your closet with vinegar.

Lastly, be mindful of rough surfaces such as bricks, nails, wood, and stone. Bumping or rubbing against these surfaces can lead to snags and holes.

To repair clothes’ holes without sewing, try this method.

All you’ll need is:

  • Clothes with holes measuring 5 mm or less
  • An iron
  • Fusible bonding web
  • A large piece of wax paper

The first step is to turn the damaged piece of clothing upside down with the hole facing outwards when you place it on an ironing board.

Then, cut a slightly larger piece of fusible bonding web than the hole itself.

Push both sides of the hole together and place the fusible bonding web over the hole. Next, place the wax paper over the same spot, set your iron to the “wool” setting and iron over the wax paper.

Check if the hole disappeared. If not, do the ironing part two or three more times. This way, your damaged clothes will look as new.

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