How to Patch a Vintage Wool Jacket (+ Washing Tips Too!)

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Take a peek at how I patched a damaged vintage wool jacket (+ my top wool washing tips too!) and mend those cozy preloved items in a flash!

Remember that gorgeous vintage jacket from this celeb copycat look?

Unfortunately the jacket had more than few damaged areas, fortunately I had the perfect solution lurking in my stash but first, here's my tips for washing wool at home:

My 2 simple methods for cleaning wool garments at home:

1. Washing machine – Use the wool or delicate setting and wash in cold water with minimal detergent. Once the cycle is complete, reshape your wool garment and lay flat to dry.

2. Hand washing – Fill a sink or large container with enough cold water to cover your garment + a small amount of detergent. Submerge the item and gently swish it in the water. Leave to soak for 10 – 15 minutes then drain and rinse with cold water. Ring out the garment, reshape and lay flat to dry.

The jacket had so many small damaged areas I couldn’t stitch them all without destroying the look of it.

Luckily I had 2 huge iron on patches hiding in my stash that I had scored years ago from a crafty shop in Denmark!

I arranged and chopped the patches to fit over all of the damaged areas.

Then placed a cotton towel over the patches to protect the wool and then slowly and carefully ironed them all on using a medium heat.

Success! That vintage wool jacket is now completely mended and totally amazing!

Discover all of my cleaning and laundry tips here then check out my refashionista E-courses right over here!

Suggested materials:
  • Damaged wool jacket
  • Iron on patches

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  • Comet Comet on Dec 30, 2021

    To keep the wool item properly sized (blocked)::: Use a large sheet of brown paper and lay the item out flat on it BEFORE you wash it. Mark the outline in pencil, on all sides & hem. After you remove it use as many LARGE absorbent towels as needed to roll and push on the roll-- DO NOT TWIST!!!-- to get moisture out. Then lay the item on the paper outline, adjusting to fit, and let dry flat.

  • Leslie Leslie on Jan 07, 2022