Holes in Jeans: Easy and Cheap Fix





Introduction: Holes in Jeans: Easy and Cheap Fix

Everyone is plagued by the appearance of unholy holes in their favorite jeans. Even though the rest is perfectly fine, you just can't wear it because of that annoying gateway to your intimate self.

I set out to determine what is the best possible fix for those holes. I tried sewing and using patches with purposely made glue for fabrics. However, sewing stitches fail due to the already fragile area and the fabric glue only works for one go until washing and it can also be quite expensive.

So I present to you the NO SEW Glue Gun Hole Closer approach!

Step 1: Items Required

1 - Fabric patches:

  • You can use whatever you want, but I suggest leftovers from other jeans, since it is a strong and compatible fabric.
  • The dimensions of the patch have to be enough to cover the hole and also the main affected area so that no additional holes are created.

2 - Glue gun:

  • Normal glue gun that works.

3 - Iron

  • Preferably, one that heats up! (Otherwise, it would be pointless)

4 - Power!!!

  • Normal power outlet will do.

And, even though it is not explicitly shown in the figure above, you may also want a pair of jeans with a hole in them.

Step 2: Turn Jeans Inside Out and Apply Glue

Same as title! It is as straightforward as that.

Also, take all the time you need. Although hot glue hardens very fast, the hot iron will remelted it again later on.

However, when applying the hot glue, just make sure you cover everything with a thin and evenly spread layer. Doing otherwise would create large amounts of glue which would create glue pockets upon application with potential discoloration.

Step 3: Apply Patch Over Area and Iron It

  1. Apply the patch containing the glue over the hole in a way that covers it entirely and that becomes its final resting place.
  2. Place hot iron over the patch and wait for all the glue to melt. As you do this, run your fingers along the surface to verify if vein like bumps or pockets are present. If so, apply hot iron again with some pressure to remove them.
  3. Wait for it to dry before flipping it over. This should only takes a few minutes.

In the third image, you can see that I reinforced both sides. It is good to think ahead and avoid future holes and/or repairs.

Step 4: Finished!

And you are done!

You can see that both sides have patches and is not noticeable from the outside. Once again, beware of the application of glue, since it can cause discoloration in the outside.

The hole here has been previously sewed but torn after a few uses. The whole point of apply a patch is to prevent tensile forces from being applied in the vicinity of the weakened hole, which will cause stitches or surrounding fabric to fail. You may or may not want to sew it beforehand. It is up to you.

Also, notice that the result shows reasonable flexibility and I can say, from personal experience, that you won't notice anything differently as you walk.

Hope you enjoyed my first instructable!

***Update: I've put two jeans in the washing machine around 5 times after this instructable and the patches are still holding up pretty well and 5 times more than I can say for the commercial textile glues for this purpose.



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    How are your patches holding up? (thanks for the instructable)

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    The initial patches are perfect. Washing does nothing to their effectiveness and it has been over a year. However, Nature found another way of tearing up my pants. Another hole started to appear in an unprotected area near the patch and I had to apply another one.

    Most hot melt glue is eventually water soluble. Good for temporary repair.

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    Most hot glues are EVA-based, which is water resistant and not water soluble, but soluble in organic solvents. Though some may show early signs of degradation, this is not necessarily caused by the existence of water but rather another compound that brakes the polymeric chains (e.g. phthalate). Even if hot glue "decays" over time, this happens pretty much for everything that exists. What matters is that the so called temporary repair holds out much longer than surrounding fabric and the great thing about it is that it can be easily restored. Most jeans, to my knowledge, show signs of wear and tear in this particular area after 2 years thereby making the hot glue a strong competitor in terms of durability.

    I hope this works for some. However, I recently tried to use hot glue to fix my belt loop on my jeans. It held quite nicely until it went through the washer and dryer. I can't speak for everyone's dryer, but my Frigidaire Affinity model DEFINITELY got hot enough to melt the glue. It took me an hour to clean out the inside of my dryer. This project does use less glue than what I had used, so maybe it won't be an issue.

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    Since the glue was used to fix the belt loop, perhaps it was far too exposed to an external environment and received more heat. By involving it with fabric, it is possible that the thermal conductivity decreases and thus the glue is subjected to less heat. However, it is also possible that the combination of a heck of a powerful dryer alongside a glue capable of melting at low-temperature may have caused it to melt.

    Good & useful instruction, thank You for spending time.
    P.S. Yesterday washed jeans in machine at 40 degrees by Celsium, all repair are on it's places - hold very good.

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    Thank you very much! It's good to hear additional feedback on how it is working out for other jeans.

    thanks for this one.The favorite jeans is always worn so often,the holes are gonna fall in it and it is allways such a heartache to throw it away.Now with your "instructable" i'm gonna save my favourite jeans from the garbagetruck.So from behalve of my favourite jeans and from myself i want to say to you:THANK YOU VERY MUCH !!!!!!! ?

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    Happy to have helped you and your jeans! :)

    I'm more concerned about the dryer than the washer. Any comment?

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    No need to be concerned, they're just jeans! :) However, the maximum temperature of a dryer is normally around 60 ºC or 135 ºF. Low heat glue guns work with a minimum temperature of 120 ºC or 250 ºF to achieve minimum workability. Given the discrepancy, there may be no change at all to the adhesive strength, but it something to test.

    likely have to air dry or use no heat. even low heat would weaken the bond.

    i dont think that would over time..i think it would be good for an emergency to wear once..maybe a couple more times

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    You would be surprised how resilient it is! I've used it several times and I haven't noticed anything until now.

    Interesting! How does the glue hold up in the washing machine?

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    Thank you! This is a fairly recent project and I only submitted it once to the washing machine and it retained its adhesiveness, which more than I can say for the previously used fabric glue; it dissolved completely. I am aware that jean fabric wetting and drying will cause expansion and shrinkage in a way that the glue may not accompany, so I'm expecting something to repair in the near future. As soon as I notice anything, I'll be sure to update this post.