How to Cover a Clothing Rip With a Patch

Oh, those pesky rips! Whether your favorite pair of jeans, a sports jacket, or even a school backpack, tearing a hole in your clothing and upholstered fashions is a frustrating scenario. But when this happens to you, just choose to make lemons out of lemonade! Bring out your inner designer and upgrade your jeans or shirt by covering up a rip with an embroidered patch of your liking. Not only will this save your cherished piece from being tossed in the trash, but it will also save you money!

Continue reading to learn how to cover up a clothing tear with a patch, plus an alternative to clothing repair near you.

Clothing Repair Alterations Indianapolis Indiana 317-845-9077
Clothing Repair Alterations Indianapolis Indiana 317-845-9077

Patch Sewing 101

The great thing about patch sewing is that even a beginner can do it. In fact, it makes a great activity for you and your children to do together. Keep in mind, embroidered clothing patches aren’t just for repairs, they are also great for adding some flare to any garment or accessory! Apply patches to anything upholstered, including shirts, blouses, sweaters, sweatshirts, blazers, jackets, jeans, trousers, shorts, coats, costumes, uniforms, backpacks, purses, tote bags, suitcases, hats, scarves, and much more!

Selecting a Patch

When it comes to choosing a clothing patch, you will find a vast selection of options. Select one that represents your style, but also matches the garment you plan to repair. From rainbows and peace signs to sunsets, surfboards, flowers, animals, stars, sports logos, and more, you will surely find a clothing patch that meets these needs and speaks to your character.

Patch Application

As for application, you will need to decide between sewing and ironing. Some patches are designed to be ironed on, while others are designed to be sewn on by hand. Both techniques work well, even if you are a beginner.

If you plan to purchase an iron-on patch, be sure you have access to both an iron and ironing board. If you don’t have an ironing board, you can use a heavy-duty, folded towel. Most people prefer to sew on iron-on patches because they tend to come off in the wash. Iron-on patches come with written instructions, which basically involve pressing the patch onto the surface of the garment with a medium-hot iron. It’s easy!

If you plan to go the sewing route, be sure you have the proper sewing thread, thread color, and needle. You can use a similar color thread or a contrasting color. You will also need sewing pins and a pair of scissors.

To Sew on a Patch

If you prefer a sew-on patch, consider using sewing thread for jeans, embroidery, or hand-quilting because they offer added durability. Polyester and cotton threads will work, but they are weaker and prone to breakage.

To begin, lay your garment flat and clear the surface around the tear. Clean up the fraying around the inner edge of the rip by cutting down the loose exposed threads.

Lay your patch on top of the area you wish to apply it, in this case over the rip, then pin it in place. Try to only use 2 or 3 pins. Once it is pinned, begin preparing your needle and thread. Bonus tip: double up on your thread.

Now begin sewing around the outer perimeter of the patch. Insert the needle fabric-first, pushing upwards into the patch. This way, the knot at the end of your thread is not visible.  If you run out of thread before completing your loop, just restart as usual.

Is the damage to your garment to large or complex to cover with a patch? Contact Yong’s Alterations at 317-845-9077 for professional sewing and alteration services in Indianapolis, Indiana. We work with curtains, rugs, drapery, upholstery, and of course, clothing!

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