How to Repair a Tear in a Nylon Jacket

Updated February 21, 2017

Nylon is a strong, light fabric that is smooth and non-absorbent. It dries quickly and is resistant to staining, making it an ideal choice for jackets. If your nylon jacket has become torn, patching the tear is a straightforward process. Being aware of how to repair tears in a nylon jacket can allow you to wear the jacket for years to come.

Sew the tear closed with the needle and thread. It does not have to be a tidy seam, but the edges of the tear should meet and lie flat.

Cut a nylon patch that is the same shape as the tear and slightly larger. Both the nylon patch and the seam sealant can be purchased as a kit designed for nylon repair

Squeeze a thin layer of seam sealant over the stitching and onto one side of the nylon patch. Cover the entire surface of the patch.

Set the jacket and the patch aside to allow the sealant to cure. The amount of time necessary for curing the sealant is indicated on the sealant itself.

Press the patch to the stitched tear, covering it entirely. The sealant will form a bond that holds the patch to the jacket.

Lay the jacket on an ironing board, and spread a T-shirt over the tear.

Set the iron to a low heat and use it to press the patch into the jacket. This will help bond the patch to the jacket permanently while flattening the patch.

Hang the jacket up on a coat hanger. This will allow the patch to cool and dry before you wear it.


Do not allow the iron to heat the nylon too much, as it can cause the fabric to melt.

Things You'll Need

  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Seam sealant
  • Nylon patch
  • T-shirt
  • Iron
  • Ironing board.
  • Coat hanger
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