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Hole-y trinity: 3 DIY ideas to repair a woolly jumper

Wool jumpers only get better with age – as long as you know how to repair a holes. Wool is a precious natural resource and a fabulous, versatile fibre. It’s a material that is prone to wear and tear, snags and moth holes – but it’s also quite easy to repair, even if you can’t sew yourself. Get fixin' with these simple tutorials.

Repair a woolly jumper – simple ideas for sewing clothes

What you need:

  • A damaged wool jumper
  • Needle and thread
  • Beads, sequins or rhinestones to add embellishments
  • Elbow patches

What to do:

1. One of the most common problems with wool is that it easily catches on sharp objects, tree branches or even on your own jewellery. Fix a hole in your jumper by pulling the yarn back through exactly where it came from. Embellish the spot where you pulled through the snagged yarn to mask the uneven appearance.

Step 1: fix a hole in your jumper by pulling the yarn back through exactly where it came from

2. Moth holes are also easy to sew yourself, but the damage will probably still be visible even after you’ve darned the hole. Sew on reverse, making sure you pull together all the yarn “loops” surrounding the hole, then add beads for embellishment. For another darning technique to fix moth holes, see our Kintsugi tutorial.

Step 2: darn moth holes in your jumper and hide the damage by easily sewing yourself some beads as embellishment

3. You know what it’s like – spent all day at the library, head buried in a book, and when you get home you realise your elbows are poking right through the sleeves of your sweater. Go from sloppy student to put-together librarian by adding elbow patches to the parts of your jumper that suffer the most from wear and tear. Of course, you could make elbow patches from scratch, but like many of our favourite ideas for sewing clothes, this one is simplified by using pre-made patches. The leather ones we used even had pre-cut yarn holes, so you don’t have to worry about even stitches.

Step 3: another fantastic sewing idea: sew elbow patches to the parts of your jumper that suffers the most wear and tear