How to repair moth holes in a sweater

March 28, 2016

Its so frustrating when you discover a much loved sweater has moth holes – here’s my current choice for repairing moth holes in sweaters..

By using needle felt to cover moth holes you can add a unique zing to the original item. Choose colours which tone or compliment the original sweater. Or a huge variety of colours for those who love colour in their lives.

use needle felt to repair moth holed sweater

Select your felt, place on your sweater in desired shape. I have used circles or you could use a cookie cutter as a template for more fancy shapes.

Repair moth holes in a sweater with needle felt

Simply repeatedly stab at the felt with a needle felt tool, its amazing how quickly it attaches to the sweater.

Needle felt repir to a wool cardigan vickymyerscreations

On the reverse it appears like this

Repair a moth holed jumper using needle felt, create a stylish new look to a former sweater. Quick and easy modernisation

I suggest hand washing for the repaired sweater.

What’s your favourite repair for moth holes?? I may be influenced by my desire to try needle felt!




6 comments so far.

6 responses to “How to repair moth holes in a sweater”

  1. Lovely idea, very effective, and I’d use it if I could wear wool and had moth holes

    • Vicky says:

      Thank you Wendy:)

    • Debra Wade says:

      Hi, I’ve used this as a repair on other fabrics too. Patterns on fabric alter/disappear slightly but it’s a fun & stable way to repair things. I’ve had some dubious results with stretch fabrics although I think it could be used as a feature so long as you know what happens. Test swatches really helped me.

  2. I really like how it looks. I’ve seen the idea used on to mend holes on elbows, but I like this more. I love needlefelting. The most therapeutic craft that I do. Mine are usually 3d models, but I think I may have to dig out some old jumpers and find a reason to end them.

  3. Kath O'Donnell says:

    I have a very fine knit cashmere sweater where the moth hole is in an awkward place on the front to use the felting method. I’d be grateful of any other suggestions. Do you think I could use fabric glue on the underside to hold it together or an iron-on tape? H E L P !

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