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Repairing a Torn Screen

Martha Stewart Living, Volume 81 July/August 2000

A perfect screen is made up of thousands of holes, but add one more and it's ruined. Luckily you can easily fashion a patch for an unwanted perforation.

1. Begin by trimming around the tear to create a small, clean-edged rectangular hole. Now cut a piece of screen about a half-inch larger on each side than the hole. Unravel a couple strands of screen away from the piece's four sides, and then fold the resulting "fingers" away from you.

2. Cover the hole with the patch, inserting the fingers into the mesh of the screen.

3. To complete, carefully weave the fingers, under and over, into the surrounding screen.

Comments (2)

  • i310work 7 Jul, 2011

    This is exactly the way a canvas needleworker does applique! For once, a technique that transfers well. If done with care the results are beautiful.

  • entropy 30 Jun, 2011

    I have the nylon type screens so we fold under the edges of the patch and sew around it with nylon thread. You can also buy screen patches at the hardware store. We find it cheaper to buy it by the roll then we have enough for the larger repairs or the odd replacement.