How to repair jeans with another pair of jeans

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I make it at TechShop.

Jeans are great, but lets face it, you probably have at least one pair that has a hole or rip in them. If you ignore it, it will just get worse, but it is easy to fix!


Scrap of jean material (cut from an old pair of jeans)
Jean colored thread


Basic sewing machine (available at TechShop)
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Step 1: Cut a patch/backer

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Cut a piece of jeans material, slightly larger than the size of the hole or tear.

Place the piece of material on the inside of your jeans, and pin in place from the outside.

Step 2: Stitch the patch in place

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Using a straight stitch, sew around the hole (on the front side).

Step 3: Darn it!

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Using a zig-zag stich, create a row of stitches, along the edge of the hole. (The machine at TechShop has a stitch that creates multiple stitches as it moves from left to right.

When you get to the end of the row, leave the needle in the down position, and turn the jeans around, and create a second row of stitches in the opposite direction. 

Continue adding rows of stitching to cover the entire hole. You may go back and add more rows of stitching on top of what you've already done, if you feel you need to.

Step 4: Trim and wear!

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After you've finished stitching, go ahead and trim the excess material from the patch, and you're good to go!

Save the jeans you cut the patch from, and you'll have enough patch material to last for years of repairs.
lwilk1 year ago
This is one of the very best guides to repairing a whole in jeans the tI have seen, I hate to "patch" and end up marking the jeans with something that distracts from the integrity of the product, this enhances the "never die" quality of the jeans themselves. Thank you
DanielleY19 months ago
BakedBeads1 year ago

Great patch job, wish I had thought of it!! It really looks nice and will hold longer than any patch I have ever done!!

lime3D (author)  BakedBeads1 year ago

Thanks. The key is to use the right color thread.

valkgurl1 year ago
To prevent the edges of holes in fabric or the edges of patches from fraying--unraveling---use FRAYCHEK--from the fabric store or Walmart---one bottle will last you forever.

Once you wash the patched jeans the edge might unravel and start falling apart. If you have a pair of jeans that you like the hole---but don't want it any bigger!!!!---use the FRAYCHEK on the edge of the hole and it will stay the same size. Or you can run a line of stitching of the same color as the jeans around the edge a 1/4" back---this should stop any more ripping depending on how thick the edges are.
lime3D (author)  valkgurl1 year ago
Step 2 takes care of that.