Tuesday, May 4, 2010

How to Fix a Hole in Jeans

Do you have a pile of clothing like this at your house
in need of repair?
Let's face it. It isn't very fun to mend clothes,
but it is doable.

This sweater for instance simply needs a few stitches
sewn across the seem to repair it. It can
be mended in a few minutes.

Other projects like heming pants take a bit more time
but the results are worth it.

This however takes an entirely different approach.
While the "worn out" look is in style, sometimes holes
appear in the wrong places and need mended.
So let's get started!

First, insert a sharp scissors into the hole and cut
the fabric in four different directions to form an "x".

Cut a square several inches larger than the hole
of similar jean fabric, and hem the edges.
(I ran this through a serger, but if you do not
have a serger any type of edge stich will work.)

Next, place the square on the inside of the jeans
centering in over the hole. Pin the square in place.

On the outside of the jeans, carefully turn under the
edges of the hole to form a square.

When you finish turning under the edges it should
look like this.

Insert a jeans/denim needle into your sewing machine.
These needles are made of a heavier grade of metal and
can be purchased at your local fabric or discount store.

Using a zig-zag stich, sew around the perimeter of
the patch. I usually make two laps around the
edge to be sure it is secure.

For the final step, turn back to the inside of the jeans
and straight stich around the perimeter of the patch.
This will secure the entire patch and will be
more comfortable for the person who will wear them.
It will also help the patch to wear better,
especially if the jeans are worn while working.

The final result will look like this and is sure to bring a
smile to the owner of the jeans.

May you always Sew in Peace!


  1. Mending--not my favorite subject, but one of those things that needs to be done and usually doesn't take that long.

  2. Goodness, I sure do have a little pile of mending. Your slacks with pins reminded me of the two pair on my sewing table, complete with pins. :)

    Thanks for sharing your tip on mending jeans.

  3. I debated about posting the photo with the safety pins because I hate to admit I actually wore the pants out in public. LOL! I tried the blind hem foot on my sewing machine for the first time to hem those pants...and it worked great! Not sure why I ever hesitated to learn how to use it.

  4. Your pile of mending reminds me of my pile that needs to get done too. I think I will join you in getting them all done this month too.


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