How can I patch a pair of jeans?
In short I would like to keep them. I have some older pairs of jeans I can shred up for patches, but I wear these primarily for work. I work in retail at a home improvement store, where appearance is somewhat regulated. I can't just go willy nilly and make them look ridiculous. They have to still be, at the core, blue jeans, but if I can repair them, and potentially dress them up a little in the process, I'd be thrilled. Also if it can be a fairly simple fix, because I don't have a sewing machine and am not overly good, or patient, with a needle, it would be appreciated.
For a little extra and over the top I am engaged in the steampunk movement, but as far as fashion goes I have not seen much done with blue jeans that leaves them recognizable. Right now my main touch is a pocket watch on a chain, but any other ideas that contribute into the current repair would be appreciated.