Learn how to use a ribbon as a patch in this free clothing repair video from our mending and sewing expert.
Hi! I'm Karen for Expert Village and today I am going to show you how to prepare holes and stains with all kinds of patches. I will be showing you how to use ribbons as patches, how to use buttons to repair small holes, how to make your own appliqué patches, how to apply a store bought patch, how to repair a pair of dress pants with a piece of fabric from the dress pants and how to make reinforcement patch to repair a collar button. Now I'm going to show you how to make a repair with a ribbon as a patch. Sometimes you have a stain or a tear that is in a place that just doesn't work with a patch, so it is nice to use a ribbon and then you can extend the area that is being patched. Now, I've chosen this pink ribbon because it matches with the garment and as you can see, we are going to place a ribbon here. It will compliment the design of the garment and then I am going to cut this here and if we also put it on the opposite side, now it looks like it was originally made like that. Let me show you now how to apply this ribbon to our shirt so that you can sew it on. First we want to measure how far from the stain and we want to have that even all the way up. So we want to place the ribbon in a straight line so we will measure from the stain. It's 2 1/4 inches and we will just measure that same measurement all the way up, marking as we go. Now on the other side, let's measure where it is from this seam because that is the design element on the shirt, these two seams. We want the distance to be the same. So our line is going to be about 1 1/4 inches from here and mark that. Okay and then you just want to test it out and take a look and make sure that it is going to look nice and even. Okay that looks good.