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3 Sewing Techniques That Are Good to Know in the Woods

When deep in the wilderness, wardrobe malfunctions can and will happen. These sewing techniques will help you avoid fashion faux pas in the woods. 

With a few simple sewing tools and thread with the right techniques, disaster will be diverted.

There are many different techniques that are good to know when it comes to sewing. Here are three common issues, and how to fix them.

It’s always a good idea to have a sewing kit in your hunting pack. The main items you want are thread, needle, and scissors. Anything beyond that is extra. Here is an example of a more intricate sewing kit with a few added items, like an eyeglasses screwdriver and screws for the spectacle wearer.


When setting up your repair thread and needle, make sure you thread your needle correctly. For a sturdy thread, you can take one long piece of thread and fold it in half. Add a knot at the end and you have a double-stranded thread.


1. For a tear in fabric like a thorn would do to a pair of pants, you would use a ladder stitch.

Simply stitch from back to front across the length of your tear.


Pull the stitches together and tie off. Your hole has been repaired.


2. You split your pants in the woods, now what? 

A whip stitch is a quick fix to get you out of the woods. Simply put the two pieces together and stitch from front to back along the edge.


3. Button fell off?

To fix a button, you need your thread, needle, and a toothpick. You put the toothpick under the button when sewing. This keeps the needed gap under the button to make it usable. Stitch from front to back through the button holes.

button 1

Keep going until the button feels secure. Knot off on the back.

button 3

Keep from being the laughing stock of the deer camp and mend those torn woods clothes before your hunting buddies see a little too much! Next time you head out on an adventure, bring along your needle and thread.

All photos by Eric Nestor

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3 Sewing Techniques That Are Good to Know in the Woods