A while ago Sandra wrote in to me asking how I would go about repairing a knitted jumper (sweater for those in the US) that had been stained in an accident in her Chemistry class. While I was cleaning out my wardrobe I noticed that a some of them were in need of repairs. With knitted items you pretty much have the following options for repairing stains:
- Try to soak/bleach/wash it out if possible. (Tia says: Please remember if the sweater/jumper/cardigan is pure wool NOT to try bleach first. Bleach basically disintegrates wool.)
- If you know how to knit/darn then you can carefully remove the section and repair with similar yarn.
- Patch it over with something cute. I’ve seen sweaters like this with adorable little felt patches in various shapes all over.
- Embroider something cute over it.
This was the result:
The sweater below is one that I just wear around the house when it’s cold. It looks nice over a dress and is made of soft acrylic yarn so very low maintenance. But it’s quite plain… so to demonstrate one idea to cover a stain I decided to jazz it up a bit.
What I used:
I cut off the top part of the sock which had the cut pattern.
I decided to use them to make pockets so I flattened the fabric out.
Then cut the bottom into a heart shape.
Using the needle and thread I gathered around 3cm of fabric at the top in the middle.
After putting it together you ca see the heart shape forming ^_^
I stitched around the raw edges to attach it to the jumper.
Taadaa pocket 😀
Repeated on the other side…
To cover the raw edges I then added lace around the edges.
And on both sides…
I finished the picked with a small matching bow on one side.
To add one more piece of interest I used some spotty ribbon and stitched it in a zigzag pattern up one side and ended it in a bow.
Very very very simple ribbon embroidery ^_^
And there we go! Finished in around 30 minutes and nice and cute ^_^
This probably the easiest way possible to cover stains and I personally love the result!