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Tailoring is a skill in Project Zomboid that is used to repair and fortify clothes to make them have more protection against scratches, bites and bullets.

|Tailoring Menu.png
Ingame Tailoring Screen of Overalls, with some Ripped Sheets patches and multiple holes."

Basic Requirements


The below equipment are required to start tailoring.


There are 3 types of fabrics currently in Project Zomboid. They are all obtainable through ripping clothes.

  • You must have at least 1 of any of these to begin tailoring.
  • Leather strips provide the most defence.
    • Denim strips come in second
      • Ripped sheets come in last, with no Bite or Bullet defence no matter the tailoring level.
Icon Item Fabric Type Base defence (Scratch/Bite/Bullet) Rarity of clothing with this fabric
Rag.png Ripped Sheets Cotton - / +1% / - Very common
DenimStrips.png Denim Strips Denim +1% / +1% / +1% Common
LeatherStrips.png Leather Strips Leather 1% / 2% / 1% Uncommon


To start tailoring, right-click a clothing and right-click Inspect to display the condition of the clothing. Holes can be patched and paddings can be added by right-clicking the corresponding body part.

  • Some items like shoes cannot be repaired.
  • Adding a padding can increase the defence of a clothing.
  • Simply patching a hole will not fully restore its condition.

Tailoring Level

To maximize XP gain, you should read the Tailoring books first.

Getting XP is quite easy. To get XP, you have to:

  • Rip clothes and must get a thread
  • Add padding or patch any holes of a clothing item
    • If you want to train Tailoring by doing this, it's better to use Ripped Sheets instead to not waste the stronger fabrics. They are also very common, making them perfect for training.


The player is provided with some benefits as they increase their Tailoring skill level:

  • Leather strips provide the most defence.
Icon Item Level 0 Bite/Scratch/Bullet (Defence) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Rag.png Ripped Sheets -/1%/- -/1%/ - -/1%/- -/1%/- -/2%/- -/2%/- -/3%/- -/3%/- -/4%/- -/4%/- -/5%/-
DenimStrips.png Denim Strips 1%/1%/1% 1%/1%/1% 1%/2%/1% 2%/3%/2% 2%/4%/2% 2%/5%/2% 3%/6%/3% 3%/7%/3% 4%/8%/4% 4%/9%/4% 5%/10%/5%
LeatherStrips.png Leather Strips 1%/2%/1% 1%/2%/1% 2%/4%/2% 3%/6%/3% 4%/8%/4% 5%/10%/5% 6%/12%/6% 7%/14%/7% 8%/16%/8% 9%/18%/9% 10%/20%/10%
  • Your chances of getting thread from ripping clothes will also increase as you level up your Tailoring skill
  • At level 8 Tailoring, you will be able to repair holes completely with the right kind of fabric, restoring the clothes' original defence, condition and insulation.