Welcome to my how to Repair Small Holes in Clothing using Fabric Paint. Today I’m going to show you how to use dimensional fabric paint to patch little holes in clothing. I have only done this on tees but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work on other fabrics too. The first T-shirt I patched for Hannah is still going strong 8 weeks later and that is with a lot of wash and wear.
That is my second attempt, the little hearts were too cute and Hannah just loved them. I loved the result, so when I saw another little hole in one of Hannah’s long sleeve tees I just knew I had to share it with you! It is so much quicker than sewing on a patch and a lot cuter too!
The longest part of this whole project is waiting for the paint to dry!
Materials needed to Repair Small Holes in Clothing using Fabric Paint
- A Small Hole!
- Fabric Paint – This needs to be the thicker dimensional paint. I use Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint which I bought from The Warehouse!
- *Iron on Patch – I used Interfacing
- *Baking Paper (Greaseproof Paper) – If not using an iron on patch
Instructions to Repair Small Holes in Clothing using Fabric Paint
1. Prepare Hole for Painting
Trim off any longer loose threads from your hole. You don’t want any threads peeking through the paint, mine was fine just the way it was.
2. Patch Hole
Iron on a small patch on the inside of the garment. You can skip this step, your result might not be as durable, you will need to use a piece of baking paper to stop the fabric paint sticking to the other side of your garment. More details on that in the next step!
Now the fun part! You need to use dimensional fabric paint, which are kind out think (think 3D) so that it will cover the fabric rather than absorb into it. I have other tulip paints that are a pump spray they definitely wouldn’t work! Probably stating the obvious…but just in case you need to paint on the outside (right side) of the fabric! Place a piece of paper or plastic underneath where you are painting to prevent the paint bleeding through onto the other side. If you are not using an iron on patch you will want to use baking paper so that it will give a nice flat finish on the inside and be easily removed once the paint is dry.
You can paint any design you like! You can get carried away painting a whole scene or just do small dot. Hannah loved the hearts on the first one I did so I’m sticking with those. As you can see I have left it quite thick, it will flatten quite a lot as it dries.
You can add as many details as you like, I find a regular sewing pin very handy at tidying up edges and combining colours for a marble effect.
4. Leave to Dry
These need to be left to air dry, I left mine overnight and it was totally dry in the morning. Whatever you do don’t press them with your iron! Due to the thickness it will distort your designs. If you are feeling really impatient you could try your hair dryer gently. In the photo above you can really see how much they have flattened out with drying, and darkened quite a bit too!
Another top saved from the rubbish…well for a little longer anyway!