How to Fix a Hole in Lycra Leggings (Best Tips Explained!)

How to Fix a Hole in Lycra Leggings

We all love to wear stretchy, comfortable leggings or yoga pants—what could be better? However, when a hole or tear finds its way onto your favorite pants, the lycra material can make them difficult to repair.

So, how do you fix a hole in lycra leggings? There are a few different methods you can utilize, depending upon whether you feel comfortable using a sewing machine or not. From using a simple zig-zag stitch and patch to using iron-on fusible patch material, you can find a way to repair your lycra leggings in no time.

The remainder of this article is going to dive into depth about how to repair your lycra leggings using both sewing and non-sewing methods.

How do I fix a hole in my lycra leggings?

Since lycra material is fine and stretchy, it is not as easy to quickly patch as other, non-stretch materials. However, there are still a variety of ways you can repair them, depending on whether you are comfortable using a sewing machine or not.

If you are comfortable sewing, all you need is a simple zig zag stich to repair your leggings. If not, you can use fabric glue or an iron-on mending patch to either glue together or cover up the hole.

How do I use a zig zag stitch to repair my leggings?

To do this, you will need a sewing machine, thread, and a patch made of lycra material that matches your leggings. You can either purchase a matching piece of lycra material from the fabric store, or, if there is enough extra material around the hem of your leggings, you can actually cut the material from the leggings themselves without anyone being the wiser.

Next, take the spare material and cut it into a patch that is around ¼ of an inch larger than the hole in the leggings. Position this patch over the hole and then pin it in place.

Finally, use a small zig zag stitch to secure the patch in place. Once you have sewn around the entire patch, cut away any excess fabric and thread, and voila!

Your leggings have been repaired. As long as your patch and thread match the color of the original material of the leggings, no one will ever be able to tell the difference.

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Can the fabric around the hole fix itself?

This may sound counterintuitive—how can a hole ever fix itself? But, if the hole in your leggings is small enough, you can use the surrounding fabric to disguise it, making it appear as though the hole was never there.

This method works best if the hole in your leggings is very, very small. With the leggings flipped inside out, use a needle, pair of tweezers, or other similar tool to adjust the threads that surround the tear.

You will need to carefully loosen them to cover the hole without loosening them so much as to make the hole larger or even create another one.

This is why this process is tricky, and only works best on holes that were originally very tiny (think the size of the head of a pin).

If this method does not work or appears to be making the hole worse, immediately stop fiddling with the threads and move on to another method.

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How can I fix my leggings without sewing?

Aside from the method of adjusting the threads to get your leggings to “repair themselves,” there are some other methods you can use to repair your leggings without sewing. One of them involves using an iron on mending patch to fix the hole. All you need to do this is the fabric and a clothes iron.

Always start by flipping your leggings inside out to work from the backside. Place a piece of parchment paper in between the leggings to protect the fusible interface from sticking where you do not want it to!

Next, cut the iron on fabric into a size and shape just large enough to cover the hole. It should be at least ¼ of an inch larger in diameter than the hole or tear. Position it over the hole, and then follow the directions of the specific fabric to iron it onto your lycra.

The fusible fabric will stick to the loose threads surrounding the hole, covering it and keeping it from growing larger.

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Can I use glue to fix my leggings?

Yes, glue can be used to fix your leggings. However, this method is only truly effective if the hole is very small.

You must ensure that the glue you use is intended to repair fabrics, because otherwise, you risk making the hole worse. Then, apply the glue to your leggings and clip the edges of the hole together using a clothespin.

After at least twenty-four hours, you may remove the clothespin and continue wearing your leggings as before.

Can I use a patch to fix my leggings?

As we explained, you may use a lycra patch with a zig zag stitch to repair your leggings. Another kind of patch may also be used, however, but you must ensure that the fabrics are suitable for one another.

If you use another type of fabric to patch your lycra leggings, make sure that you are using stretchy thread to attach the patch to the hole. This way, the patch will not pull against your leggings as they stretch, creating a new hole.

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So, what methods can you use to repair a hole in your lycra leggings? There are a few different options you can utilize, whether you are comfortable using a sewing machine or otherwise.

If you wish to sew your leggings back together, you can use a patch made of lycra to cover the hole. Simply attach it using a zig-zag stich.

If you do not want to sew, you can use fabric glue, iron-on mending patches, or a large sewing needle or pair of tweezers to fix the hole in your leggings.


Lindsey graduated with an MBA in 2009. Since then, Lindsey has worked in the retail and consumer service industry as a manager, advisor, and marketer. Lindsey is also the head writer and Co-founder of Lindsey is based in Morgantown, West Virginia.

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