Repairing a Huge Hole in a T-shirt

Our Fixer Upper 😜  How to repair a huge hole in a t-shirt takes just a needle and thread, a few loops here and there and whoop whoop finito 🙌 Lets get to it!


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Small Scissor

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Darning Needle

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Don’t waste your time chasing butterflies. Mend your garden, and the butterflies will come.

- Mário de Miranda Quintana
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yeah yeah yeah vibing 🙌

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Give a darn and mend clothing to preserve it for a long time. So much so that you will hopefully be able to past it down to a family member or friends.  


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This technique is called darning. We are specifically using the weave darning technique where we are mimicking the warp and weft of the weave. This is a great alternative to using patches or pellon because the finishing is soft and adds a decorative element. I used black so it looks close to seamless, but it will look dope if you use a bold fun color. Btw, by using the darning technique you are adding value to the garment. 

There is an INCREDIBLE artist that I will like for you to know of, her name is Celia Pym. Her body of work is very beautiful; she is an artist that uses the craft of embroidery, knits and darning to mend clothing. Personally, what I appreciate LOADS about her work is the approach of preserving the clothing as an act of social interaction and conservation of the memories the cloth holds -which adds to the stunning beauty of the darn stitches. 


Repairing a Huge T-shirt Hole

Prep time: 2 mins | Make time: 2 hours

 Total time: 2 hrs 2 mins (approx)

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  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Darning Needle 
  • Small Scissors 


  1. Separate the strands in two's. Thread your needle without a knot.
  2. Open the hoop and place it in the area you will be mending. 
  3. Trim any small pieces you may want to get rid of. Determine the space where you will like to start.
  4. Insert the needle and backstitch as your knot. Then create loops continuing from end to end of the hole.
  5. *Without knotting continue under and over. As you proceed it will start looking like a checker box. Try your best to get as close knit and be consistent as possible. 
  6. The very last stitch will be the same backstitch as the one you started the darning. Lastly, if you'll like iron the darning to flatten it. Now, it is ready to wear. 


  • * As you darn you may need to rethread your needle. So to end the stitch create the same backstitch without knotting and then rethread starting where you ended your last stitch. 
  • If you see space inbetween your strands, you can go back and fill the area. 
  • Amount of total duration will vary based on the size of your hole and experience with needlework.
  • Try your best to be consistent with the tension of your strands