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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the Straw Badge in Textiles.

For this BB, you will repair a hole in a shirt or sleeve.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- repair to a hole in the fabric of a shirt
- use natural materials like cotton or wool

To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (less than two minutes):
- show the shirt with the hole to be repaired
- show the tools and materials
- show the repair in progress
- show your shirt with the hole repaired
- describe how you will mend the hole (optional)

Holes in shirts can be mended in various ways. They can be darned, patched, or hidden with embroidery. The following articles and videos will give you some creative ideas for your repair.

Related Articles:
Two best methods to repair holes in a shirt
Cover a Hole in a Shirt Sleeve with Faux Cuffs

Related Videos:
How to darn a hole in clothes


Mend a hole in a shirt with embroidery

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Hubby ripped his shirt. The edges were frayed and uneven, which limited my options, but it didn't seem old enough to be rags, so I unpicked the "breast pocket flap" as material for repairs. There are several "invisible mend" techniques I'd have liked to try, but the pocket flap fabric didn't "match the plaid", so I went with the patch on the inside, and did invisible stitches first to hold the patches in place, and then to close the gap.



The only tools I used were a stitch ripper to salvage the flap, scissors, and a needle and thread and I didn't think to include those in the picture.

This is not *as invisible* as I would like, but considering the damage to the shirt and the material available and the location of the tear where the fabric will be mostly under his arm, I'm pleased with the result.
This is a good reminder how much easier things like this are when you sew the shirt yourself and have scrap fabric to do repairs like this!
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I have a shirt I like to wear for yard work.  It had a bleach accident and a hole appeared among the damaged threads.  This is how I fixed the hole while modifying the shirt. I used regular sewing thread and a donor fabric backing. Other tools used were binder clips for holding and the sewing machine for final hemming of neckline and sleeve ends.

(The shirt before)

The collar looked like a good place to find donor fabric to go behind the hole. I wasted an afternoon trying to pick the seam at the collar only to discover the makers had assembled the collar pieces then attached them to the neckline.  Unless I wanted to spend all week picking away one stitch at a time, it was time to break out my good fabric scissors. I carefully snipped away the collar, then decided to remove the sleeve cuffs as well.

(The colors)

I picked out thread colors that would blend with the shirt. For some reason I do not have navy blue.

I used indigo blue, light blue, and white threads to tack down the edges of the hole. I pinned the donor fabric behind the hole and decided the five inch embroidery hoop was the best size for my project.

(Hooping it)

I ironed the section of the shirt to help it lay flat so maybe it would turn out better. I started with one sewing needle and decided quickly it was too fat and was destroying the fabric rather than passing through.  I switched to a thinner needle.  I maintain a variety of needles in my pin cushion for "fashion emergencies".

Then I experimented with tiny stitches, some satin stitching, and some attempts at weaving on the fabric surface. I attempted something that I will call "couching", but I used the previous satin stitches rather than a thread laid on top.

After a couple of hours, I had to put down the project and walk away.  The next day I examined my progress and decided upon my strategy. Another few rounds of changing colors of threads on my needle and turning the work to attack from all angles, I finally was much happier.  The edges of the hole are now captured.

(In process)

I turned the hems for the sleeves and neckline.  When the fabric becomes too thick for even quilting pins, I switch to binder clips. I started with the sleeves because they will annoy me less.  I decided that black thread was NOT an acceptable substitute for navy blue and switched to the indigo blue I had used before.  After a few stalls on areas that likely had five or more layers, the rest was easy.  I trimmed the threads and examined my work.

(Machining it)

Unfortunately the bleached area is still very visible. I may attempt blending with blue Sharpie markers to make it less noticeable.  I will have to color on the scraps and see how it turns out.  At any rate, the hole is now secured and I should be able to launder, hang up, and wear this shirt for many years without threat of imminent destruction.

(The end)
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The shirt before
The shirt before
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The colors
The colors
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Hooping it
Hooping it
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In process
In process
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Machining it
Machining it
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The end
The end
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If we happen to have a “how to stick the photos where you want them to appear” type of wiki, instruction, or such, please direct me to it! I have another BB to submit and want to do better next time. Thank you all. That stuff I learned BM (Before Motherhood) is actually used here.
 
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Janie Brackett wrote:If we happen to have a “how to stick the photos where you want them to appear” type of wiki, instruction, or such, please direct me to it! I have another BB to submit and want to do better next time.


Janie, it's a learning curve, isn't it? :)

Try this thread for photo how-tos -> How to post an image on Permies.com.
 
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Another one of my shirts got a hole in the sleeve. As it is a nice woolen shirt and it's currently winter here, I want to keep wearing it! I used patches made from an old pair of moth-eaten men's woolen trousers I'd picked up at at op shop for the purpose some time back. Works great! Made the patch rather large as my elbow is pointy and wanders a bit in the sleeve, and previous elbow patches have failed when my elbow is resting on the fabric around the periphery.
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Woolen shirt with hole in elbow; cutting patches; pinning patch in place
Woolen shirt with hole in elbow; cutting patches; pinning patch in place
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Sewing patch; completed job
Sewing patch; completed job
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Tiny wear hole in my boy’s old onesie. I wanted to get this hole mended before putting it away for another future child, and decided a handmade embroidered patch was the way to go. Traced the snail line art from an old children’s book, and stitched it with back stitch and satin stitch. Once I finished the patch, I backed it and the onesie with iron on stabilizer (a necessity when working with knits). Then I used a (lazy) whip stitch to fix the patch in place.
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Embroidering the patch
Embroidering the patch
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The hole
The hole
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Whip stitching the patch onto the hooped shirt
Whip stitching the patch onto the hooped shirt
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Finished!
Finished!
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From the inside. Nice and smooth
From the inside. Nice and smooth
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Note: Beautiful embroidery! Unfortunately this BB requires natural materials.

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Your work is lovely Melody. If you don't want to replace the iron on stuff with a simple, fine cotton scrap, I suggest you submit this for "Oddball" points under that badge bit. Getting into the "all natural" mindset when people have grown up without being aware of the difference is a skill in itself.

 
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Thanks, y’all! I completely forgot this bit needed to use natural materials. I have more mending in the future, so I’ll just resubmit when I do another mending spree.
 
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I've owned this hoodie since I was 15 so it has accumulated a lot of little holes and one bigger one has appeared over the last few days. I bought some light purple cotton thread to blend in with the original colour as best as possible. I sewed up the holes without a patch to match the weave as best as I could. I only know the basics of sewing so hopefully this is alright.
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A couple of small holes right on the cuff and a bigger one further down
A couple of small holes right on the cuff and a bigger one further down
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A simple stitch going over it a number of times to reinforce it for my first hole
A simple stitch going over it a number of times to reinforce it for my first hole
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I used pins for the bigger hole to make it easier for me to sew up the two edges neater and tighter
I used pins for the bigger hole to make it easier for me to sew up the two edges neater and tighter
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A close up of the finished mend on the big hole
A close up of the finished mend on the big hole
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All the other holes sewed up
All the other holes sewed up
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