How to Fix a Hole in Jeans


Don't throw away those comfy jeans just because they make a ripping sound every time you move. You can probably preserve your modesty with a strategically placed patch.

Things You'll Need

  • Straight Pins
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Iron-on Patch

Head to a fabric store to buy an iron-on patch large enough to cover the hole. With scissors, trim the patch so that it is about 1/2 inch (12 mm) larger than the hole in every direction (see A).

Center the patch over the hole and pin it in place.

Using an iron, press the patch onto the jeans according to the instructions on the package.

Thread a needle with strong thread and tie a knot.

To reinforce the patch, fold the jeans level with one edge of the patch, and whipstitch the edge of the patch to the jeans, making about 10 stitches per inch (2.5 cm). Pull the needle up through both layers of fabric, the jeans and the patch, with the needle at a slant, just a few threads from the edge. Loop the needle over the top of the edge to the back side of the jeans.

When you reach the corner, refold the jeans and continue stitching the next side until all sides are stitched (see B).

Tie a small knot on the inside of the jeans. Snip off the extra thread, close to the knot you just made.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you're short on time, you can simply iron on the patch without sewing it, or vice versa, but since patches on jeans are typically subject to a lot of stress, it's best to do both steps.
  • If you use the sew-only method, you can use any sort of decorative fabric you'd like instead of a denim patch, though strong fabrics work best.

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