July 10, 2012

How to Fix Clothing Without Sewing

Before we get started, I wanted to let you know that I didn't forget "For the Love" for this week.  I had a couple of post commitments this week, so we'll run the auction tomorrow instead.

While I know a lot of you readers sew, I also know a lot of you readers don't.  So, I wanted to show you one of my secret weapons for fixing clothing when I don't want to sew it.

I am a big fan of Aleene's Fabric Fusion Peel and Stick Sheets.  I used them to fix my Toms HERE, and I used them to make no-sew headbands HERE.  Today I'm going to show you how I used it to fix issues I had with a sweater and a skirt.

I bought this skirt the other day and while I really like it, the pocket flaps always fly up.....

....like this.  I flip them down about thirty times a day.  Enter Peel and Stick Sheets.  

All I did was cut a piece of adhesive.  The adhesive is sandwiched between two papers.  I cut out a small rectangle....

 ...and then I peeled off the top paper.

I applied it to the inside of the flap.

I removed the other paper and put the flap back down.


I bought this sweater a while back and while I really liked it, the knit was crazy stretchy and the sweater always bulged open between the buttons even though it wasn't too small.  Now, I always wear my cardigans closed, so I just cut thin strips of the adhesive exactly like I did above and ran them down the sweater where it closes.  No more bulging.  Plus, sewing this would have been pretty tricky with a knit that stretchy.  I've washed the sweater at least eight times and the adhesive is working really well.

It's great to be able to fix something so quickly, too.

Thanks for reading.


  1. Thanks for the tips! love it!

    Iris the frenchie

  2. I bought a sweater that's the same brand that stretches like that. I hate the way I look like I'm stretching it at the seams even though it's the right size. I'll have to try that.

  3. I'm a new {big} fan! Thank you for sharing - this is such a brilliant idea. Especially for the cardigan! I'm definitely going to have to try that on a couple of mine. I've ended up sewing pockets down on pants and skirts before, but I always feel like you can tell they were sewn shut.

  4. I always use fashion tape for the pocket flaps on a shirt of mine. It works really well, but I have to re-do it every time I wash it. This is such a great fix for that problem!

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