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Have you ever tared a hole in your favourite t-shirt? We'll I have and that small hole is so irritating, ruining a perfectly good shirt. Well we also have the solution, you can fix it with some needle and thread.

Step 1: What You Need

Start with getting a needle and some thread in matching colour. If you have one you could also use a darning stool to stretch the fabric over while darning. If you done have one, you can use a glass or other hard object.

Step 2: How to Darn

Start by stretching the fabric over the darning stool and then sew back and forth over the hole with the thread (Image 1 and 2) Make long stitches over the hole and do them side by side to cover the area. Do note that you should not have a not at the end of the tread, just let it sit for now. It should look something like image 3

When done in one direction turn your piece 90 degrees and start sewing back and fort again. This time weave through the stitches you already made by going under and over each stitch (image 4 and 5)

When the whole area is covered fasten the thread by making a few stitches in your weave. No knots!

When done it should look something like Image 6

You can do this to mend any fabric, just use a thread that matches in colour and thicknes.

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    4 Discussions


    2 months ago

    Excellent! So happy to see I'm not the only person left who darns socks ... and t-shirts ... and tablecloths ... and whatever else has small (or even not so small) holes.


    2 years ago

    Being poor, my mom darned our socks when I was a kid (71 now). There was special "darning" thread available -- probably just thick cotton thread.
    I've darned my own socks in my adult past. Used a light bulb vs a darning egg. But really wasn't sure how to stitch it. thanks for showing me!


    2 years ago

    This is so cool! I bought my husband a pair of Animal (from the Muppet's) dress socks & they need a few repairs.


    2 years ago

    Hi, I repair my sons' Tshirts all the time. I hand stitch them but never thought to use my darning egg! (I've never used it!) Can't wait to try it. Thank you!