Tutorial: mending a hole in a sweater (2 ways)

I love wool. I love merino for cycling, for my sub-zero office, and for just about everything else.

The sad fact of wool sweaters is that eventually you’re gonna get a hole in one. But, unlike the $3.99 tank top that I tore this weekend by putting my thumb through it (thoroughly illustrating the downside of fast fashion), you can mend a hole in a wool sweater easily and practically invisibly.

I’d been planning this tutorial for a bit, but this week someone who had bought an upcycled jersey shot me an email asking about this very thing. I have two main ways that I employ when mending holes–one involves a needle and thread, the other involves felting wool roving over the hole. The first is super simple, the second takes some finesse.

So without further ado:

How to mend a hole in a sweater 1

Needle & Thread

Note: This is probably the most invisible way to mend a hole. I used white thread on the black jersey to show you folks the stitch I use, but when I pulled the stitches tight I couldn’t even find the hole from the right side–despite the white thread. I’d show you that, but the photo just looks like I took it with the lens cap on, so no dice.

how to mend a hole in a sweater

And there you go. Easy, right?

How to mend a hole in a sweater 2

Felting

Tribbles: taste the rainbow*

Tribbles: taste the rainbow*

Note: if you’re in the Seattle area, head to Weaving Works for wool roving. They’ve got tons of colors, and at around $2 an ounce you can buy a bit of each for just pennies.

felting to mend a hole in a sweater

Finished felting. Don't mind the color--I can't for the life of me figure out how to get my new camera to represent colors consistently.

Finished felting. Don’t mind the color–I can’t for the life of me figure out how to get my new camera to represent colors consistently.

Ta-da! Your hole is good and felted.


* So, funny story. I bought all these little balls of roving last week, and now I can’t even open my sewing room door because their rate of reproduction is totally out of control. And I don’t even keep my quadrotriticale in the sewing room–it’s downstairs in the closet–so I have no idea what they’re eating. I don’t even want to know, actually.

4 thoughts on “Tutorial: mending a hole in a sweater (2 ways)

  1. The Trouble with Tribbles! I think they’re eating the bicycles – there are plenty of those in your sewing room to keep your roving happy for years!!!

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