The front pocket in my favourite pair of jeans just ripped after I put away my wallet. As I fumble the contents from the ripped pocket to various other pockets I realized that this particular repair has never come up for me before. I figured that replacing a jeans pocket would be a fun project to share.
After some brainstorming and seeking the advice of an expert seamstress I was able to fix my ripped pocket with a new, fun patterned fabric pocket.
Here's how I did it!
Step 1: Assess Damage
If your rip is near the edge of your pocket, there may be an easy fix: just sew a larger seam and close up the tear opening. However, if the rip is in the centre or top of your pocket, you're probably going to have to replace the entire pocket. It seems my pocket had a small patch that had been worn thin from the edge of my aluminum wallet. So, even if I ran a small stitch over the opening the fatigued fabric would continue to tear. The only solution was to replace the entire pocket.
Step 2: Mark Existing Pocket + Remove
Step 3: Transfer Dimensions + Cut
Cut out along your offset trace, then sew a heavy stitch along trace line. Optional: and surge along the offset.
Step 4: Sew New Pocket to Jeans
Take your time, this step is tricky.