If you really love a pair of jeans and you don't want to get rid of them when they get a hole in the knee, or you don't want to spend more money on clothes for a crazy little boy after he tears up his jeans, here's how to fix them.

Step 1: Materials

You will need a sewing machine, thread that is close in color to the denim, scrap denim*, scissors, pins, and an iron.

*Alternative fabrics that work for patching jeans include most bottom weight fabrics such as twill and poplin.  Poplin is especially good for patching stretch denim.  Do not use light weight cottons such as broadcloth and calico.  They are not strong enough and will tear in a short amount of time.
<p>I discovered jeans colored thread and have found that it's perfect for patching like this. I use a shorter zig zag stitch and basically make an embroidered patch directly on the garment (with a denim patch on the inside, of course--I originally learned to do this with interfacing, but after a while you get a mess). On some jeans, the patches are nearly invisible. Like you, I never cut the remaining threads, preferring to make them part of the patch for strength and color variation.</p>
This is exactly what i was looking for...but how do you get the jeans onto your sewing machine and still maneuver? My son is 4 and his jeans are pretty little.
I am able to remove a portion of the sewing machine arm so that it is more narrow and I scrunch up the rest of the jeans around it if I have to. As long as everything is pinned down well you don't have to worry about too much shifting. If the jeans are super small you can open up a side seam to gain access and then re-sew it when you're done. The jeans patched in these photos are size 5T.

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