No Sew Jeans Patch

Introduction: No Sew Jeans Patch

About: I am a professional improviser and bartender. I love the creative process. Ideas are like rabbits, put a couple together and they multiply.

If you are like me it's hard to let a good pair of jeans die. Seeing as how jeans are part of my work uniform I seem to go through a pair rather quickly. For my job i cannot have large holes in my jeans however it never seems to take long for holes to develop. In this, my first instructible, I will show you an easy way to patch and repair your favorite jeans with out sewing.

This is a really inexpensive and easy project. (under five bucks!)

Alright let's get started.

Step 1: What You Will Need

First you will need to get the necessary "tools" for the job.
You will need:

1 tube of flexible all purpose contact adhesive. ($3-5)
1 pair of scissors
1 pair of really old jeans that are beyond repair.
1 pair of jeans that need to be fixed
something hard like a CD case or a stiff book.

Alright now that we have that let's get a fix'n.

Step 2: Prep Your Jeans

Turn you fixer-upper's in side out. Clean the area around the hole so that the adhesive will adhere to the area that the patch is going. Leave strings and frays around the hole. Because we are gluing the patch on we can reassemble as much of those frays and strings as possible to minimize the hole.

Step 3: More Prep.

Now you will want to insert the CD case or other ridged thingy into the leg of the jeans. This will allow you to get the affected area as flat as possible. Flatness will allow you to make the patch look as clean as possible.

Step 4: Make Your Patch

Alright now grab the scissors and the leg of your really old pair of jeans. First cut a rough patch from the leg of the old jeans. You want to make sure it will cover the entire area of the hole with a 1/4"-1/2" overlap around the entire edge. Place the rough patch over the hole and eyeball where you need to trim. You want the final patch to be about a 1/4" bigger than the hole you are repairing.

Step 5: Apply the Patch

Now you get your flexible adhesive and apply it around the edge of the hole in the jeans. I use my finger to spread it out thin. The thinner the better. Once you have done that gently lay your patch on the hole and pat it gently with your hand, making sure that the patch and the jeans stay wrinkle free.

Step 6: Finish the Attachment

Now that you have placed the patch turn the leg inside out and make any touch-ups to the hole from the front side. make sure that all the edges of the hole are glued down along with the frays and strings.

Step 7: Sweet, New Life to Old Jeans!

That's it. Let it dry for about a day so you don't have a blow out. One last note. if you have little worn spots where things are starting to get a little thread bare. You can put some adhesive on the fray with out a patch and it will help prevent the hole from getting worse. I'll post a pick below to show you what I'm talking about.

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    7 Discussions


    11 years ago

    This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image of the final project to the intro step. Please do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks!


    4 years ago

    Going to try it!!!

    i patched some of my jeans using this technique, but i used Bish's Tear Mender. Worked great but can be messy, so use somewhat sparingly.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Hi, I have tried this Bish's Tear Mender and when the jeans were washed, the patch came off. I am trying to repair approximately 4 pair now. Did you have this problem or did the Tear Mender work as advertised? I'm wondering if I did something wrong, which is probably the case. Thanks in advance for any and all help.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    It worked perfectly for me. I repaired quite a few pairs of jeans.

    They have stood up to multiple washings. I think the key is to spread a little on both pieces of fabric and then press together and let dry.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    It's possible to purchase denim material with heat activated adhesive on one side. To use it, you turn the jeans inside out, cut a patch the right size, with adhesive facing the material, then just iron over the patch. As long as your dryer doesn't get insanely hot, they work great and the patch usually adheres long after the jeans aren't wearable.

    I forgot to mention the fact that the jeans and patching material must be relatively similar. meaning don't patch really new jeans with really old jeans. if the patch shrinks because it's new material then it will pucker and look bad. the whole don't put new wine in old wine skins thing.