HOW TO PATCH A HOLE

To repair holes in the arms of coats, jackets and jumpers, buy leather or suede elbow patches that sew or iron on.

To patch a ripped hole in fabric, follow these steps.

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1 Trim frayed edges from the hole with sewing scissors and cut it into a square or rectangle shape.

2 With scissors, at each corner clip a tiny slit 0.5 centimetres deep at an angle of 45 degrees.

3 Find a piece of fabric of matching weight to your garment to be the patch. Cut it to match the shape of the hole, leaving a 3-centimetre margin on all sides.

4 Before securing the patch to your garment, stitch the edges of the backing piece using overcast stitch to prevent them from fraying.

5 Place the patch behind the hole with the fabric right side up.

6 Pin the patch to the garment. Use a basting stitch to secure the patch round all four sides.

7 Turn the 0.5-centimetre edges of the garment neatly under so they create a frame round the patch, then press into place.

8 Backstitch the turned edges all the way round.

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