Not ready to throw away your favorite pair of jeans just because of a little tear? Iron-on patches require no sewing and can extend the life of your jeans. Plenty of decorative patches will cover rips, but you can also rock the distressed look by applying a patch of interfacing, a thin polyester fabric, to the inside of the hole. The rip will still be visible on the outside, but your skin won't show through. If your jeans don't have any rips or tears, you can still use an iron-on patch to add style and personality to them.
Things You'll Need
- White chalk
- Ironing board
- Dishrag, pillow case, T-shirt or other thin cloth
- Patch or interfacing fabric
Decorative Patch Ironing
Decide where you want your patch. To ensure that it adheres well and stays on for a long time, avoid areas that crease when you wear your jeans. Mark the area with a chalk X.
Set your iron to the cotton setting, or high heat. You don't need steam. Lay your jeans flat on your ironing board, right side out. If there is any wrinkling around the area where you want to put your patch, smooth it out with the iron. The patch won't stick smoothly to a wrinkled surface.
Rub the hot iron onto the spot in slow, circular motions for eight to 10 seconds to warm up the area. Laying the patch over warmed fabric will help it to adhere.
Set the patch on the warm jeans and cover with the cloth. If the patch has embroidery, beading or sequins, the cloth will help protect the design. Press firmly on the cloth for 10 to 30 seconds.
Lift the cloth and check that the patch is adhering properly. If the edges aren't completely adhered, cover and iron for another eight seconds. Give the cloth three to five minutes to cool, then remove the cloth. Let the jeans and the patch cool completely before handling or wearing.
Hidden Patch Ironing
Turn your jeans inside out and center the hole or rip onto the ironing board. Set your iron to the cotton or high heat setting and pre-warm the area by pressing on the spot for eight to 10 seconds.
Cut the interfacing to fit the hole with an extra 1/2 inch of interlacing around the border of the tear. This will prevent the hole from ripping further or pulling away from the interfacing.
Press the iron directly onto the interlacing and move in slow circular motions for about 10 seconds, until the interlacing is fully adhered. Allow it to cool completely before handling the jeans. The ripped area will still be visible on the outside of the jeans, but your skin will not show through the hole.
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