How to Fix Burn Holes in Clothing

Cigarette ashes, campfires, hot irons and other accidents can cause burn holes in clothing. Don't throw out the damaged clothes; instead, you can fix the burn holes in minutes.

Fixing Burn Holes With a Patch

Step 1

Find a spot on the clothing from which you can cut a patch. The backs of pockets and seam allowances, for example, are an ideal spot since they are not visible from the right side of the material.

Step 2

Use a ruler and fabric-marking pen to measure and mark a patch that is 1/2 inch larger than the burn hole on all sides. Cut out the patch.

Step 3

Use scissors to trim away any burn marks and loose threads from the hole.

Step 4

Cut a 1/4-inch diagonal notch at each corner of the hole. Fold the edges toward the wrong side of the clothing and iron them flat on the ironing board.

Step 5

With the clothing still inside-out, place the patch on top of the hole. With dressmaker's sewing pins, pin the patch in place on the right side of the clothing.

Step 6

Using the sewing needle and thread, around the entire patch. Keep in mind that basting is temporary and will be removed later. Remove the sewing pins.

Step 7

Turn the shirt inside-out-once again. Fold back 1/2 inch of the patch to the wrong side, aligning it with the folded edge of the hole.

Step 8

Insert the sewing needle through the folded edge of the patch, then through the folded edge of the shirt. This will join the two fabrics without showing a seam on the right side of the shirt.

Step 9

Repeat Step 8, working your way around the square.

Step 10

Finish the edges of the patch with a cross-stitch using the sewing needle and thread.

Step 11

Cut off the corners of the patch to reduce bulk.

Fixing Burn Holes by Darning

Step 1

Use scissors to trim away any burn marks and loose threads from the hole.

Step 2

Place the clothing on a flat surface.

Step 3

Thread the sewing needle. Start 1/2 inch from the side of the hole and 1/2 inch from the bottom of the hole, and sew a from side to side.

Step 4

Sew another row of running stitches as close as possible to the first row. Continue sewing horizontal rows of running stitches until you reach the burn hole.

Step 5

When you reach the hole, stitch a long thread over it, stitching back and forth until you have covered the entire hole with thread.

Step 6

Once you have covered the hole, continue stitching horizontal rows of running stitches 1/2 inch past the hole.

Step 7

Change direction and stitch vertically, starting 1/2 inch from the bottom and working your way to the top until you reach the hole.

Step 8

When you reach the hole, weave the vertical thread in and out of the horizontal threads, creating a woven patch.

Step 9

Continue stitching vertically until the stitches are 1/2 inch from the top of the hole.

Step 10

Knot the thread on the back of the clothing; then cut the thread.