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Video:How to Mend a Hole in the Crotch of Pants

with Debbie Anderson

It can be easy to mend a hole in the crotch of pants or shorts, as long as you know what you're doing. Here are some tips on how to mend a hole in the crotch of pants so that you can wear your favorite bottoms all the time.See Transcript

Transcript:How to Mend a Hole in the Crotch of Pants

Hi, I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com. There's nothing worse than putting on your favorite pair of cotton pants or shorts, only to discover that the seam in the crotch has ripped out. So, today I'm going to show you how to sew up that hole in the crotch of your cotton pants or shorts in just a few easy steps.

Supplied Needed to Mend a Hole in the Crotch of Pants

To do this, you will need:
  • a sewing needle
  • thread
  • a pair of scissors
  • straight pins

Use Pins to Close the Hole When You Mend a Hole in the Crotch of Pants

First, turn the clothing garment inside out so that the ripped seam is showing. Next, use straight pins to hold the two sides of the material on each side of the ripped seam together. The pinned-together material around the ripped seam should look smooth and straight on both sides of the area that needs sewn in the crotch of the pants.

Next, find a color of thread that most closely matches the color of the cotton pants that need to be repaired. Then, use your scissors to cut a long piece of thread. Feed one end of the thread through the end of the sewing needle. Then, match the two ends of the thread together and tie a small knot at the end of the the two ends of the thread running through the the sewing needle.

Sew the Hole Closed to Mend a Hole in the Crotch of Pants

Next, starting at one end of the ripped seam and working your way toward the other end of the ripped seam, pull the needle up through both layers of fabric with the needle at a slant so that the needle is located just a few threads away from the edges of the torn material.

Then loop the needle over the top of the edge to the other side again. Continue stitching with about 10 to 15 stitches per inch until the material is tightly sewn together. Next, tie a small knot in the thread and use your scissors to cut the extra thread beyond the knot you just made.

Check the Stitches to Mend a Hole in the Crotch of Pants

Finally, remove the straight pins and turn the garment right side out to double check your stitching work. Once it looks good and the hole is closed, you're good to go.

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