How To Mend a Hole in a T-Shirt the Easy Way

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Got a hole in your favorite t-shirt but not a fan of sewing? No problem! This little hack is quick, simple and works like a charm!

I used to wonder WHY I was getting these little holes at the bottom front of my shirts. Even after wearing t-shirts a few times, and with high quality premium shirts, these little buggers would show up.

mend a hole in t-shirt

No worries. I’m going to share with you the answer to this mystery and give you a way to fix these holes without having to get out a needle and thread AND show you how to prevent them from now on.

mending a hole in t-shirt

What causes these tiny holes in t-shirts?

You may have thought it was because of poor fabric quality or moths. Nope.

These tiny holes in your t-shirts are caused by objects that stress the threads in the knit fabric

In most cases, it’s the button of your jeans or your belt buckle. This is my issue. I like wearing a belt, so that’s a problem and when you wear a belt and don’t do the “front tuck” thing you can get several holes in one area.

Even if you don’t wear a belt, that darn metal button on your pants, will cause problems.

Here are some other culprits that may be causing a hole in a t-shirt? Car seat belts, sharp corners on tables and counter tops, and shoulder bags that you wear repeatably.

I was so happy when I figured this out how to mend all these shirts instead of having to throw them away. Yay!

How to mend a hole in a t-shirt


This is such a quick and simple thing to do. You’re going to love it.

Materials & items needed

Instructions for mending a hole in a t-shirt

hole in t-shirt1-  Lay your t-shirt wrong side facing out on the ironing board

2-  Smooth out the fabric

how to mend a hole in t-shirt3- Cut a small square of the interfacing about 1 x 1 inch

4- Cut another square of the webbing slightly smaller

5- Round off the corners of both squares with the scissors

hole in t-shirt6- Center and place the webbing on top of the hole

7- Place the interfacing on top of the webbing. Make sure none of the webbing fabric is sticking out. IT WILL MELT ONTO YOUR IRON!

8- Set the iron to the COTTON AND STEAM setting

iron patch9- Place the hot iron on the patch and press for 10 seconds (DON’T MOVE THE IRON AROUND).

10- Flip the shirt so the right side is facing up.

11- Gently take your fingernails and close the hole by pressing the edges of the hole together.

10- Flip the shirt so the right side is facing up.

hole in t-shirt11- Gently take your fingernails and close the hole by pressing the edges of the hole together.

Tad-ah! That’s all there is to it.

How to prevent  holes in your t-shirts

Here are a few ways to prevent this from happening again.

  • Tuck your t-shirts into your trousers and skirts. This will keep the shirt from rubbing against your belt or buttons
  • Wear a “button cover” It’ll stop your t-shirt from touching your trousers button.

These little gadgets are a life saver. They are made from soft silicone and slip right over your buttons.

  • Choose belts with smooth buckles.

Unfortunately, button covers alone won’t prevent those tiny holes in t-shirts if you are wearing a square of big belt.

Now you know  what causes these little holes in clothes and t-shirts, how to get rid of them, and how to prevent them, hopefully this will save you a little money, and allow you to keep your favorite t-shirts in top shape.

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How To Make Adorable DIY Shoelaces With Fabric and Recycled T-Shirts

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Put a little style in your sneakers with some adorable DIY shoelaces. Finding a set of shoelaces to purchase that are colorful and unique just doesn’t happen, so why not make your own. Making your own shoelaces is such an easy thing to do and the color combinations and patterns are endless.

These shoelaces can be made using regular cotton fabric or recycled t-shirts. In this tutorial, I give instructions on how to make two different types of shoelaces and three different methods.

  • Fabric laces (bias tape and tube methods)
  • T-shirt laces (NO SEWING REQUIRED)

The first method is sewing strips of woven fabric and the second method is simply using stretchy t-shirt yarn.

DIY Shoelaces Materials & Items Needed

  • Fabric scissors/rotary cutter (optional)
  • Bias tape maker (optional RED #18)
  • Fabric: Cotton Woven fabrics/Upcycled t-shirts/ Knit fabric
  • Iron
  • Shrink tubing 3/16 inch (optional)
  • Heat Gun (optional) / Hairdryer
  • Packaging tape/ or needle & thread (optional)
  • Sewing machine for sewn method
  • Safety pin
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Fraycheck (optional)

Fabric DIY Shoelaces

The first thing to do is decide how long you need to make your DIY shoelaces. Use the chart below to determine the length.

*If you like the length of the current laces that are in your shoes, simply pull out the laces and measure. Cut the fabric strips to that length.

Cut strips of fabric 1.5 inches/4 cm. (Fabric can be cut on the bias or on the grain).*See video tutorial

diy shoelaces measuring chart
diy shoelaces bias tape

BIAS TAPE MAKER METHOD

(For more information on how to make your own bias tape, READ HERE).

  • Apply the bias strip into the bias tape maker (RED #18)
  • Pull through and press as you go.
  • Topstitch along the open edge from end to end.
  • Do this for both laces.
  • Fold in half and press.

FOLD & IRON METHOD (without using the bias tape maker)

  • Fold the strip in half lengthwise and press. Fold the edges to the centerfold and press. Fold in half again and press.
  • Topstitch along the open edge from end to end.
  • Do this for both laces.

HIDDEN SEAM LACES

If you don’t like the look of stitching on the shoelaces, you can use this method.

  • Fold the strip in half with the RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER.
  • Sew along the raw edges from end to end using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
  • Turn RIGHT SIDE FACING OUT.

TURNING TIPS: Here are a few tips on how to turn the tube inside out.

OPTION #1:  Sew the tube leaving both ends open. Apply a safety pin to the end of the tube and thread it through to the other end, pulling through as you go.

OPTIONS #2 Before sewing the seam, get a long piece of sturdy twine or ribbon. Sew it into the seam at the end of the tube. Tuck the twine along the inside fold (so you don’t catch it into the seam) and sew down the side seam.

Gently pull the twine to pull the end of the tube inside itself until you can grab it. Then pull it until the whole tube is turned inside out.

T-SHIRT FABRIC LACES (No Sewing Required)

I love upcycling t-shirts! Check out THIS POST for some other great ideas of what you can make with this stretchy material.

IF YOU WANT MORE DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE T-SHIRT YARN, CHECK OUT THIS POST AND VIDEO TUTORIAL.

  • Cut 2 inch/5 cm strips of t-shirt fabric.
  • Pull strips to tighten and curl the fabric.
  • Measure the strips and cut them to the desired length.

FINISHING SHOELACE ENDS

  • Cut 4 shrink tube pieces to .75 inches /2 cm.
  • Apply shrink tube to the ends of laces allowing a little bit of the lace to extend past the end of the tube.
  • Heat tube using a hairdryer, heat gun, or open flame.
  • Remove the heat source once the tubing has shrunk and tightened around the lace.
  • Cut off the excess fabric.
DIY SHOELACES FRAYCHECK

DIY SHOELACES -OTHER FINISHING OPTIONS:

  • You can take a needle and thread and stitch and wrap around and around the ends while pulling the thread tightly. Knot and cut the thread.
  • Apply fray check to the fabric ends to keep the fabric from fraying.

GET THE FREE PRINTABLE INSTRUCTIONS HERE

Lace your shoes and enjoy an authentic stylin, one-of-kind pair of shoes!

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