How to Fix a Cigarette Burn in Clothing

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Cigarettes can be damaging to clothing.
Cigarettes can be damaging to clothing. (Image: Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Finding a cigarette burn in a favorite garment can be devastating, but there are a few ways to preserve the item. The method that you use to repair the clothing depends on where the cigarette burn is located and what type of fabric was burned. The burn can either be patched or embellished to create a new look on the garment.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Patch
  • Patch backing
  • Iron
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Sewing machine with embroidery features
  • Embellishments (optional)

Cut the brown edges of the burn away from the fabric to create a clean edge. Examine the fabric to determine the best method for mending.

Choose a small patch in the same material and color as the garment. If possible, cut away a small amount of the underside of the garment on a seam or hem where it will not show to use as a patch.

Attach the patch to the underside of the garment over the hole. Use patch backing and a hot iron. Place the patch backing on the edges of the hole and place the patch over it. Iron with a hot iron to melt the patch backing and the patch into place.

Leave the garment as is if the hole is no longer noticeable. If it is still apparent, use a sewing machine with an embroidery feature to create a design over the hole. Create a flower with the hole at the center and trailing vines around it. Add a bead to the center for an embellishment if desired by sewing it securely in place with a needle and thread.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the garment needs to be darned or taken in and you are uncomfortable doing it, seek a professional in clothing alterations.
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