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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

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First step is to turn your jeans inside out and assess the 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.
szarei2 years ago
Great! Thanks!
grannyjones3 years ago
This is an option for ladies jeans that have pockets too small
to hold your phone, keys or pedometer.
I have even added pockets to one pair that had FAKE pockets--just flaps.
The slacks were on clearance for $2. (wonder why they didn't sell?)
mole13 years ago
Great ible! I've got a whole stack of pants with dead pockets to fix. Thanks!