How to Punch Holes in Fabric

Hole punches work perfectly for paper, but fabric does not punch crisply the way that paper does. Attempting to use a traditional hole punch through fabric will result in stretched fabric. If you are working on a sewing project that requires holes to be punched through the fabric, you can do so with a rotary leather punch. Rotary punches have interchangeable punch sizes to punch holes in the sizes you need.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric chalk

  • Rotary leather punch

Step 1

Mark the spots where you want to punch holes in your fabric with fabric chalk.

Step 2

Rotate the wheel on a rotary leather punch until the punch size that you want is lined up with the other side of the punch.

Step 3

Position the punch over the mark on the fabric with the flat end of the punch under the fabric. Squeeze the handle to press the punch through the fabric, creating a hole.