Mend A Sweater: Those Darn Holes! | The Style Pile #10

Mend A Sweater: Those Darn Holes! | The Style Pile #10

There is a box, in the corner of my sewing
room. It is a box whose contents have not seen the
light of day for many a month. Many crafters will be familiar with this box,
in all of its forms: There’s the ever-growing amorphous lump
that lies underneath your desk… The monster underneath your bed…
The stuff you vacuum-packed in a fit of organization and stuffed into your garage in the hopes
that you’d never have to deal with it again… This, my friends, is the UNFINISHED SEWING
PILE. The item that I’m pulling out of the style
pile box today is – oh man, look at this. Why isn’t this box getting any emptier!!
I have to stop adding stuff to it! Anyway, I thrifted this incredible sweater
for about $1 the other week – LOOK AT THE SLEEVES – but unfortunately it also had
a bunch of holes in it, which is probably why it was at the thrift shop in the first
place. So, today I’m going to show you how to mend
holes in knitted fabrics like this one. Now, what I’m going to need is thread in
a colour that matches the clothes I want to fix, a needle, and something kinda small and
round to lay the item over – like a water bottle. This is like, the proper thing that
you’re meant to use, called a darning egg. But something shaped like this bottle works
just fine. First, I thread my needle with the thread,
double it over, and I tie a couple of knots in the end. Then I turn the sweater inside out, and I
lay the hole-y part of the sweater down on top of the bottle. First thing that I’m
going to do is to hand-stitch all the way around the hole’s edges. I do this by working my needle up and down
through the knitted stitches that are already there, which will help to make this mending
pretty much invisible. Once I’d sewn all the way around the hole,
next I’m going to sew a kind of lattice across the hole, gently pulling it closed
as I go. So here’s the first part where I’m going
across the hole, weaving my needle up and down through the knit like this.
I pull the thread all the way through, and then I head back in the other direction. And I keep doing this until I’ve gone across the hole.
The hole is definitely getting less noticeable! To make the hole really disappear, I’m now
going to go up and down over the hole, like this.
So, I go up, and then I go down… working my way over where the hole used to be! When the hole is totally closed up, I tie
a knot in the end of the thread, and I do this by slipping my needle underneath a thread
at the back, pulling the thread through until there’s just a small loop left, like this,
and then I push my needle through the loop and I pull the thread through to make a knot.
I repeated this a couple of times just to make the knot a little bit bigger, and then
I cut off the rest of the thread. And, the hole is closed! Flip the sweater
around to the right side, and you can hardly even tell that there was even a hole there. I LOVE this sweater, and it’s big ol’
70s style sleeves! I’m very excited to wear it out and about. By the way, would you guys be interested in
a “thrifted lookbook” of some sort? I’ve had a bunch of amazing thrift hauls recently,
and I wouldn’t mind sharing them in the form of an outfit video. I did a few outfit
lookbooks last year, and they’re really fun to make! So, let me know! Thanks for watching! I hope you all learned
something, and I’ll see you all in my next video! Bye! Thank you so much to all of my Patreon supporters
who help make these video possible! To become my Patreon supporter, go to

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  1. Our pet rats chewed a big hole thru my boyfriend's beloved beanie along other smaller decorative holes around it. It's a double sided "two styles one hat" Thing. how do i fix it?

  2. Sitting through a 2:30minute ad waiting for your video. Because I love them and I will single handidly pay for your videos through adverts. Never leave me!!!

  3. how can I do this with a knitted fabric that is small striped? The hole is big enough to cover a few of the stripes. they are red and white.

  4. does this technique work for sweaters too. I would think so because it's knitted fabric at the sleeves I think.

  5. Omg! The washing machine has started eating my clothes and putting holes like this in pants, shirts, etc. Do you have a tutorial on how to fix these holes in thick stretchy fabrics (aka winter leggings) and thin t-shirt material?

  6. Omg thank you so much!!!!! I have a gorgeous cardigan with extremely fine knitted material , and I made a little hole trying (oh so carefully!) to remove an ugly security tag whose seam was showing right on the back of the garment! I was so devastated when I saw that little hole! But I looked you up (you have great advice) and sure enough, you knew how to fix it! I have fixed holes before, but this BY FAR worked the best. Thank you so, so much <3 You saved my cardigan!!

  7. Great video! I'm going to try this on a pair of hand warmers! Just got them from someone as a gift, and there's already a hole in the knitted fabric.

  8. OMG I am laughing so hard! I feel your pain! I have several piles of "I am going to pimp this out" thrift clothing-! 🙂

  9. Ooh thank you! We have a bunch of clothes that have very small holes at my grandparents house I was unsure could be saved but this sounds great!

  10. You are wonderful! I tried to salvage a vintage wool skirt suit that had been the source of food for many moth larvae. Now it can be saved 🙂

  11. This has been extremely helpful. I can now mend a hole in one of my fav sweaters. And guess what? I actually have a wooden sock egg that I got from my mom years ago. Glad I saved it! Thank you!!!

  12. You helped me salvage a sweater for my toddler! We can't afford to buy many clothes, so that actually means a lot. Thanks. 🙂

  13. Hello! Great info! I have a sewing tip: instead of a darning egg, use a light bulb. Same principle and makes it much easier to see what your doing. 🙂

  14. This was super helpful! I was able to stitch a hole in my sweater for an interview today! 😀 You make it seem easy. Following!

  15. I know this video is old, but I just got a sweater from a thrift store, didn't even notice a little hole in the sleeve until I went to wear it today & found your video while I was trying to figure out how to fix it, which was a lifesaver (or a sweater saver I should say lol). Thank you for posting this! I fixed the sleeve (probably not as good as yours 'cause I'm not great at sewing lol) & this was a really easy & great fix for it!

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