How To Fix a Hole In Leggings. Repairing Tears In Leggings

how to fix a hole in leggings

There’s not a single woman or man in the world who didn’t ask himself this one question ” How to fix a hole in leggings “. Anyone who wear leggings on the regular have come across a hole or train, it’s just a matter of time.

By being one of the most popular clothing items in the world, it’s a given that people should know how to take care of this issue, but to our surprise, it’s not that common knowledge. We will try and help you out here and teach you how to repair a hole in your leggings.

How to fix a hole in leggings like a pro

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Before getting into the process of fixing a hole in your legging, let’s understand why holes are made in the first place. The most common reason holes appear in leggings is wear and tear. Especially if your thighs are rubbing or touching each other when you walk.

Most store bought leggings are made from delicate fabrics ( Unless you go with faux leather legging or similar ). So when you wear them, with time the fabric starts to tear, you can usually se it happen close to the seams, the fabric begins to tear, you will see many very small holes that will gradually grow into one big hole, at this stage, you either throw the leggings away, or you try and fix them.

If you chose the second option, keep reading below.

To fix a hole in your leggings, you have two major options:

  • Sew it with a sewing machine.
  • Sew it by hand if you don’t have a machine.

Fixing a hole in your leggings with a sewing machine

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The first thing you want to do is turn the leggings inside out, because it’s much easier to sew when you can see the seams.

If you need to fix the inside seam ( which is most likely the case ) then you can just track it along from one leg all the way up to the crotch and down the other leg, easy does it right? This is the easiest way to fix a hole in leggings because you basically just follow the original seam, you only need to ” take ” 1/4 of the fabric from the inside so you can cover the holes.

It will make the leggings a little bit more tight, but that’s the price you pay when you want to fix it yourself and not just throw it away. Your call.

Make sure when you do this to NOT sew over a torn fabric section. You want to be inside the legs enough to sew through the fabric that is intact. The rest should be cut away from your machine.

Another thing to consider is that if you do not use a sewing machine that cuts away the extra fabric automatically, you should just cut it by yourself with scissors after your sew the new seam or you can just squash the torn places together and sew them down ( which is less recommended because it’s just looks bad )


Elastic fabrics are difficult to stitch with sewing machines, if you just use a regular straight seam it will most likely just bend and break. You need to use a stitching method that will give a little bit of extra fabric. Using a Zigzag stitch is a better idea for leggings fabrics. 

Fixing a hole in leggings by hand

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So to fix a hole in your leggings by hand might be a little bit more advanced, you first need to choose the right needle size and right thread, below are some of the steps to repair a hole in leggings by hand:

  • For most legging fabrics I would chose a thin needle as the fabric is very delicate and you don’t want a thick needle that will get in and out too easily.
  • I would also go with a thread that is the same color of the leggings. For example, a black thread for black color leggings. This way people won’t notice the stitching so easily and it will look nicer.
  • Next, let’s make sure we have enough thread so we won’t get stuck without. Take at least 10 inches more than what you need. Remember that the thicker the fabric, the more thread you need so think abut it before cutting.
  • Next let’s thread the needle by getting the tip of the thread wet with our mouth and threading it nicely so it won’t tear.
  • Now let’s tie the thread so it won’t pass through the fabric every time we stick the needle through. Depending on the fabric type you might want to make 1 knot or more.
  • Turn the fabric inside out. We always want to flip the fabrics so we get a better view of the seam, and not expose our new stitch to the outside.
  • If the hole in the leggings happened in the seam, meaning where the two fabrics come together, you can just use your fingers to hold the fabric together and stitch it where the original seam would be.
  • Stitch along the original seam line, make sure to do small and steady seams so it will last longer and won’t break easily.

Here’s a short video showing you how to repair a hole in your leggings if it’s not close to the main seam:

That’s pretty much it, it’s not overly complicated to repair a hole in leggings and with a little bit of patience, you can get it done in like 30 minutes. We hope this article helped you.