How to Mend a Pinhole in Fabric


Pinholes appear in fabric for a variety of reasons. Before sewing, most fabric is pinned together, which can leave holes. A name badge or brooch can also leave a small pinhole depending on the fabric. The use of safety pins and other sharp objects can also leave holes. Most fabrics will spring back with little aid. However, for more delicate fabrics, such as silk, twill and some synthetic fibers, a pinhole is visible long after the pin is gone. Repairing these holes keeps the fabric looking fresh and new.

Things You'll Need

  • Washing machine
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Steamer
  • Magnifying glass
  • Fabric edge sealer
  • Toothbrush (optional)
  • Wash the fabric in the washing machine. Dry the fabric according to manufacturer directions. If you are unsure if the fabric can be dried in a dryer, then air dry the fabric.

  • Iron the area in the fabric where the pinholes appeared. This is often enough to make the holes disappear. Steam the holes with a steamer if still present, and then iron one more time.

  • Inspect the holes with a magnifying glass. If the threads in the fabric are broken, apply a small amount of fabric edge sealer onto the edges of the hole. This prevents the edges from fraying and making the hole larger over time. You can find a fabric edge sealer at most fabric stores and craft stores. Allow the edge sealer to dry overnight before washing the item.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have a hard time closing a pinhole by other methods, try brushing the area gently on both sides of the fabric with a soft, unused toothbrush. This is often enough to make the fibers appear mended.

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