What do you do when your favorite pair of jeans has a hole in the crotch? Or when your favorite bright-teal hoodie gets bleach on it?
Most of the solutions to these problems involve more money than allotted from your parents, or what comes in your part-time job’s paycheck.
So here are a few tips on how to “fix your shit” yourself rather than re-buy or bring it to the professionals.
Your best friends when it comes to apparel repair and tailoring:
1. Any sort of fabric glue (we prefer No Sew) and/or hemming tape
2. Sewing needles
3. Thread (white or black)
4. Scissors — real ones that can cut denim if needed
5. Seam ripper. It’s a great investment, because you can really damage stuff even more if you try to use scissors
6. Denim patches or an old pair of jeans you’re willing to cut up for parts
Thigh and crotch holes
Sounds dirty doesn’t it? Well, we’re talking about those irritating holes and thin patches that come from your thighs rubbing together or just wearing the jeans too darn much.
Get yourself some jean patches, or a piece of old jeans that are relatively the same color, squeeze on some fabric glue, let dry and you’re good. Those iron-on jean patches are extremely stiff and can rip out pretty easily. The glue is flexible and will feel pretty much the same as non-destroyed jeans.
If it’s a relatively normal color, or you’re some sort of artist with apparel dye, you can mix and basically “patch” the color yourself. We recommend Dylon Permanent Fabric Dye for its wide range of colors.
It’s super simple — just mix the dye with water in either a bowl or a squirt bottle. Cover the stain in dye and let sit overnight, wash out and you’re done. It may not match the fabric color exactly, but it’ll sure look a lot better than bleach. (That is, unless you like acid washed.)
This is where the best inventions since the sewing needle come into play. For a quick and easy hem job, get yourself either some sturdy fabric glue or some hem tape. These products are pretty much too good to be true in the world of DIY apparel fixing. Just make sure that when hemming, you do it under the cuff, not above — unless you want that “Tom Sawyer” look.
Everyone has that awesome pair of sweatpants they’ve either lost the drawstring to or totally mangled it in the wash.
Putting in a new one is way easier than you think. If you have the original drawstring, that’s great — or you can use ribbon or any other fabric in a long strip.
First, measure yourself and see how long you need the drawstring to be (remember to give yourself extra room for tying). Then attach whatever material you’re using to a large safety pin, thread the safety pin through, make knots so it doesn’t slip back in and you’re done.
Now we’re getting a bit more technical, but don’t be alarmed — it’s not that hard.
Get your needle and thread (we’re assuming everyone knows how to thread a needle here), double-thread the needle and tie in a knot at the end of the thread. Place the button at the desired location with a pin or toothpick below it to make a space for material when it’s in use.
Start your needle coming up through the bottom of the button so the knot you tied gets caught below the button hole. And then from here on it gets a bit too much to explain, so check out wikihow.com/sew-a-button (there’s even a video).
Disclaimer: If you ruin your clothes even more with any of our tips and tricks, we’re sorry. But if we can fix our own clothes, we have faith in you as well.