7 Smart Sewing Hacks for Beginners: How to Fix Clothes With Style

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If you’re like me and live a sustainable lifestyle, here are 7 sewing hacks for beginners to help you fix clothing you might otherwise discard.

These sustainable sewing hacks will teach you how to mend holes with embroidery thread and change up your pants. I’ll show you how to make the waist smaller on pants and even how to hem pants without cutting the hem off.

These little changes will make such a difference especially if you use colorful or contrasting threads. Let’s get started with 7 sewing hacks for beginners.

Tools and materials:

  • Embroidery thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors

I’ll let you know what tools you need for each project.

Covering a hole in clothes with embroidery

1. Woven wheel stitch 

  • Pink and green embroidery thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors 
Hole in clothes

We're going to make a flower to cover this hole beautifully.

How to do a woven wheel stitch

This stitch has 2 parts: the straight stitch spokes and the weaving around the spokes. Make the first stitch close to the hole.

Making the second stitch

Make the second stitch right near the hole.

How to fix a hole with decorative sewing

Keeping the stitches equal length and distance to each other, make 3 more stitches to make a 5 pointed star.

How to embroider a rose

Thread over, then under, then over, and then under.

Woven wheel embroidery technique

Keep weaving around and around until you reach the ends of the spokes.

Using green thread to sew the leaf

Once the rose is done, add green thread to make a leaf.

Sewing a rose with a leaf

Start from the inside and pull the needle through the thread loop.

Covering a hole with a rose

Repeat. So pretty!

How to downsize jeans

2. Downsize jeans

  • Jeans
  • Measuring tape
  • Marking pen
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery thread
  • Sewing needle for denim
  • Seam ripper
Seam ripping the center back loop

Measure how much you need to take in. Use the seam ripper to remove the center back loop at the top only.

Marking how much to take in the jeans

Mark the measurement at the top of the waistband. Draw downward towards the bottom of the waistband in a triangular shape.

Cutting out the excess fabric

Cut this piece out with a flat edge at the bottom.

Sewing the jeans

Start at the bottom and stitch going across all the way up to the top of the waistband.

Pulling the threads to take in the jeans

Tightly pull in the threads.

Sewing the back loop into place

Sew the back loop back into place. A perfect fit!

How to fix broken seams with a ladder stitch

3. Ladder stitch

  • Embroidery thread
  • Sewing needle
Hole in a seam

If you have a hole along the seam, use a ladder stitch to secure.

Sewing a ladder stitch

Start sewing from the inside and sew into the seam allowance. Sew across from the beginning of the hole to the end of the hole. Pull tightly on the threads from the inside.

Knotting on the inside

Knot on the inside. Perfectly seamless!

How to shorten jeans and keep the original hem

4. Shorten jeans

  • Jeans
  • Measuring tape
  • Heavy duty sewing needle
  • Heavy duty thread

Here’s how to shorten jeans, keeping the original hem.

Folding up the jeans

Fold up the jeans to your desired length. 

Sewing under the original hem

Stitch just underneath the original hem. Stitch all the way across.

How to shorten jeans

Fold the original hem down. So easy and looks so good.

How to do a fishbone stitch

5. Fishbone stitch

  • Colored embroidery thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors 
  • Pen or washable marker

If you’ve got another hole and want to do a different stitch, try this technique. 

Hole in clothing

Draw a straight line about an inch on top of and below the hole. Draw an oval to connect the two points. 

How to cover a hole with a fishbone stitch

Stitch about a quarter of the way down along the sides at the top. Repeat so there are two stitches on either side at the top.

Covering holes in clothes with embroidery

Then alternate the stitches, weaving them back and forth, staying in between the lines.

How to embroider a leaf or feather

Continue until you reach the bottom of the oval. Knot on the inside.

How to fix a hole with decorative embroidery

Make a stem by stitching below. Another pretty way to cover a hole.

How to sew a rose on a button

6. Rose button

  • Pink and green embroidery thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors 

Here’s a beautiful way to add a special flourish to your buttons.

Using green embroidery floss

Start with green thread and go across.

Stitching across the button

Stitch across adjacently. Then stitch once diagonally to make three leaves.

Using colored thread for the rose petals

Use a colored thread at the top buttonhole. Insert from the inside out. As you pull the thread through, twist the thread around the needle several times.

How to embroider a tiny rose on a button

Insert the needle back through the hole to make a knot, or a rose.

Fun embroidery techiques

Pull tightly to make the flower. So beautiful!

How to do a blanket stitch to sew a decorative patch on clothes

7. Blanket stitch

  • Patch
  • Embroidery thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors

A blanket stitch looks like a line of reversed Ls. This type of stitch is very versatile and looks so pretty when patching. 

Laying the patch on jeans

Lay the patch over the hole in your jeans.

How to do a blanket stitch

Insert your needle through the fabric from the inside out. Then take the needle down through the fabric at the top of the first stitch. Make sure your stitches are all the same length.

Sewing a blanket stitch

Bring the needle in a small vertical line down from where you put it. Insert the needle through the pulled thread. Repeat.

Sewing hacks for beginners

Continue stitching until you reach the end of your patch. Push the needle and thread into the inside and tie it in a knot. 

Sewing hacks for beginners

I hope I showed you how pretty hand-sewn clothing can be. Please let me know if my sewing hacks for beginners helped or inspired you. Tag me in your photos @kaaras.style.

Suggested materials:
  • Embroidery thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors

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