How to Repair Holes in Clothes Without Stitching (and by using an Iron)

What are you supposed to do when you don’t know how to sew and you get a hole in your favorite shirt? Well, if you have an iron and an ironing board, you don’t have to look very far for a solution!

Applying an Iron-on Patch

There are two different ways to iron the hole out of your clothes. One of them involves iron-on patches bought at the store. The other uses a piece of fusible bonding web to attach a fabric of your choice to the hole. Applying iron-on solutions are very similar.

For an iron-on patch:

  • Cut a piece of the iron-on patch that is large enough to cover the hole.
  • Lay your piece of clothing out flat on the ironing board.
  • Place the piece of the iron-on patch on top of the hole.
  • Apply a hot iron to the iron-on patch, leaving it in place for about 10 seconds.
  • Repeat this process a few times, removing the iron after 10 seconds each time so you don’t burn the fabric.

See how to iron on a patch here: 

For the fusible bonding web:

  • Find a fabric that you like and cut a piece of it that is a bit bigger than the hole.
  • Cut out the center of the fusible bonding web. You do not want the fusible bonding web to be in the area of the hole.
  • Put the piece of clothing with the hole inside out and place it on the ironing board.
  • Place the fusible bonding web and the fabric over the hole.
  • Apply a hot iron to the patch and bonding web, leaving the iron in place for about 10 seconds.
  • Repeat this process a few times, removing the iron after 10 seconds each time so you don’t burn the fabric.

A Unique Result

Ironing on a patch or a fabric of your choice can add an interesting and unique touch to your favorite piece of cloth. You can be as conservative or wild as you want – either matching the color of the clothes or adding animal print to a striped shirt! Whatever you decide to iron-on, your no-sew solution is easy and fast.