How to Punch Holes in Fabric

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How to Punch Holes in Fabric
Rotary punches make holes in fabric for several types of projects. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

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.

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Things you need

  • Fabric chalk
  • Rotary leather punch

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  1. 1

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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