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How to Patch Jeans

Find How to Patch Jeans in Just 8 Simple Steps

Save your favorite pair of jeans by learning the method of patching it with and without a sewing machine.
Puja Lalwani
Last Updated: May 8, 2018
Jeans are clothing items that people can never get tired of. Many of us have a pair that we've possessed for the longest time and refuse to give it up. This is because no other pair seems to provide the kind of comfort that one favorite pair does. But what when this pair can't take it anymore and starts to show signs of aging? You may have noticed but chosen to ignore the tiny holes, minor rips, and fraying insides. However, they are definitely going to become noticeable in some time. Still don't want to give up the pair? Want to make sure that you use it till every fiber breathes its last? There is a solution for you; the following passages assist in patching jeans that have holes, are ripped, and have frayed.
A Guide to Patching
These step-by-step instructions tell you how to patch your favorite pair of jeans using different methods. But before you begin, you will need to gather the following materials.
Material Required
  • Matching Denim Patch (perhaps from an older, irreparable pair)
  • Sewing Needle
  • Thread (that matches the fabric)
  • A Pair of Scissors
  • Safety Pins
  1. To begin with, assess the size of the hole or the rip. You will require a patch larger than that. Also, ensure that you cut off all loose threads around the hole that make it look smaller than it is. Even if your denims are frayed, cut all the threads that are running through the frayed patch.
  2. Cut one that is at least ½ an inch wider than the area you want to cover up on all sides.
  3. Turn your jeans inside out, and place the freshly cut patch on the area you want to cover up. Use sewing pins to pin it in place around the edges of the patch and not the hole. These will guide you while you sew the patch.
  4. To patch them by hand, pick up the thread that matches the fabric of your denims and cut at least a foot to be put in the needle. Now, run it through the needle hole till the ends are even. Tie a knot at the end so that you can proceed with stitching.
  5. Start stitching about one-fourth of an inch away from the edge of the hole in your jeans. While holding the patch in place, push the needle into the fabric, and at a distance of one-fourth inch, pull it back out. Push the needle back into the point from where you began. This is known as the back stitch. Continue in the same manner till you have completed covering up the entire hole. To finish it off, at the last stitch, loop the thread in the needle around the thread of the stitch and pull to secure it. Cut off the thread.
  6. An alternate way for the above mentioned procedure is by simply using fabric glue around the edge of the patch and fixing it in place. However, this will not last as long as a sewn patch.
  7. To patch denims with a sewing machine, first run a regular stitch around the edge of the patch on the sewing machine, at the distance mentioned earlier. To secure it further, put your sewing machine on the zigzag setting, and run it around the patch once again. Remember, the entire stitching should be done from the inside of the jeans. Now, turn your pants to the right side, and again run the zigzag stitch all over the hole. This has to be done vertically and horizontally till the entire hole has been covered with stitches.
  8. Once you are done patching up, pull the area around it to check if it is secure. If there are any loose stitches, touch them up. Your favorite pair is now repaired.
You can even use fancy patches to cover up the damaged areas depending on its position. But these are all elements of retro fashion, and among today's fashion trends they are a big no-no.
Now, that this article has helped you salvage your favorite pair, see how long it can last and make sure you make the most of it.