How To Sew A Hole In Leggings

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Today on HappiestCamper, we are going to show you How To Sew A Hole In Leggings! If you’re like me, for better or for worse, leggings have become a staple of my wardrobe in the last year. No, it’s not because I am in the gym every day. They are just so comfortable and easy to throw on and get started with the day. The downside is that they are not very durable when it comes to day-to-day life. Learning how to fix holes large and small will save you from tossing out your favorite pair of leggings just because they got a hole torn in them. This simple sewing tutorial shows you three easy ways to sew up any tears or holes that you might get in your leggings. Repairing them at home helps you save so much money over buying a new pair in-store. This is great for your own leggings as well as your kids’. I have several pairs of leggings that I was just going to get rid of, but since I learned this sewing tip, I am excited to sew them up and get them back in my wardrobe.

So, grab those torn leggings from your laundry basket and be sure to grab your daughters too if need. This simple sewing tutorial will save you money by showing you some basic clothing repair skills. Let’s get started!

How To Sew A Hole In Leggings

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How To Sew A Hole In Leggings

The first thing we are going to show you on this how to sew a hole in leggings tutorial is how to Hand sew a simple small hole in the stretch fabric of your leggings. This works with all-stretch fabric, so you can use it on other items as well. The first step is to choose the appropriate size needle and thread for your fabric. Cut a 10-12” long piece of thread and thread your needle and tie a knot at one end of the thread.

Next, turn the leggings inside out, and beginning on one side, insert the needle just under the opening where the hole begins.

Now on this sewing a hole in leggings tutorial, pull through gently until the knot catches.

Next, do the same thing, but on the opposite side. Make sure to pull gently or the fabric will pucker. 

Continue to gently sew the hole closed from side to side until the hole is closed. Close off with a knot.

When you turn the leggings right side out, you should hardly see you had a hole in your leggings!

How we are going to show you how to sew a hole in leggings with a sewing machine. Here, we will fix a simple seam rip in stretch fabric (leggings).

Just like before, choose the appropriate size needle and thread for your fabric and set up your sewing machine.

Turn the leggings inside out, and pin the hole closed, pulling the fabric slightly higher up on one side. 

Choose the triple straight stretch stitch if available on your machine. Using a ½” seam allowance, start about ¼” above where the hole starts, and end about the same where the hole ends. Be sure not to pull on the fabric as you are stitching, or the fabric will pucker. 

You should see a nice and even stitching on the inside of the leggings along the seam. When you turn the leggings right side out, you should hardly see you had a hole in your leggings!

Lastly on this how to sew a hole in leggings, we are going to show you how to sew an oddly shaped hole in leggings.

Just like the other ways we showed you how to sew a hole in leggings, start off by choosing the appropriate size needle and thread for your fabric and set up your sewing machine. Turn the leggings inside out. For this hole, there was a lot of fraying, so I trimmed all the excess off.

With an unusual hole, you need to decide the best way to approach your repair.

Since this hole looked like a sideways “L” to me, I decided to sew the long side first and then connect the short side to the long side. SO, I pinned this longer part of the “L” together first.

Now on this how to sew a hole-in-leggings tutorial, we can start sewing it together. Since this was a bit of a jagged hole, I decided to use a zig-zag stitch to close it. This means you are going to want to use a 1/4” to 1/8” seam allowance because you want to stay a bit closer to the edge on this. Be sure to start about ¼” above where the hole starts, and end about the same where the hole ends. Be sure not to pull on the fabric as you are stitching, or the fabric will pucker. If done properly, you should have a nice straight stitch when you are done!

Next, pin your smaller part of the “L” closed and use the same technique as in the earlier step to repair this part of the hole.

When you turn the leggings right side out, you should hardly see you had a hole in your leggings!

And that’s it! Now you know how to sew a hole in leggings. We showed you three quick and simple ways you can repair your torn leggings yourself. These steps should work on other stretch fabric as well. This simple sewing tutorial can save you money so that you don’t have to throw away your leggings when they get torn. Just repair them and keep wearing them

Easy Way To Sew A Hole In Leggings

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How To Sew A Hole In Leggings

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Repair your torn leggings with this simple sewing tutorial!

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2.00

Instructions

Hand sewing a simple small hole in stretch fabric (leggings)

  1. Choose the appropriate size needle and thread for your fabric. Cut a 10-12” long piece of thread and thread your needle and tie a knot at one end of the thread.
  2. Turn the leggings inside out, and beginning on one side, insert the needle just under the opening where the hole begins. Pull through gently until the knot catches.
  3. Next, do the same thing, but on the opposite side. Make sure to pull gently or the fabric will pucker. 
  4. Continue to gently sew the hole closed from side to side until the hole is closed.
  5. Close off with a knot. When you turn the leggings right side out, you should hardly see you had a hole in your leggings!

Machine sewing a simple seam rip in stretch fabric (leggings):

  1. Choose the appropriate size needle and thread for your fabric and set up your sewing machine.
  2. Turn the leggings inside out, and pin the hole closed, pulling the fabric slightly higher up on one side. 
  3. Choose the triple straight stretch stitch if available on your machine.
  4. Using a ½” seam allowance, start about ¼” above where the hole starts, and end about the same where the hole ends. Be sure not to pull on the fabric as you are stitching, or the fabric will pucker. 
  5. You should see a nice and even stitching on the inside of the leggings along the seam. When you turn the leggings right side out, you should hardly see you had a hole in your leggings!

Machine sewing an oddly shaped hole in stretch fabric (leggings):

  1. Choose the appropriate size needle and thread for your fabric and set up your sewing machine.
  2. Turn the leggings inside out. For this hole, there was a lot of fraying, so I trimmed all the excess off.
  3. With an unusual hole, you need to decide the best way to approach your repair. Since this hole looked like a sideways “L” to me, I decided to sew the long side first and then connect the short side to the long side. SO, I pinned this longer part of the “L” together first.
  4. Sew hole closed
  5. Next, pin your smaller part of the “L” closed and use the same technique as in the previous step.
  6. Your leggings are repaired!

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