How to Sew a Patch on Pants


Repairing holes in clothing makes the article last longer and is more economical than buying something new. Patching pants is something anyone can do in just a few steps and make the most out of their clothing. The patch itself can either make the pants more fashionable or be completely discreet.

Things You'll Need

  • Damaged pants
  • Material to patch hole
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Hot steam iron
  • Fusible web tape

Creating Your Patch

  • Select a piece of either matching or contrasting fabric to make your patch.

  • Measure your patch to be about a fingertip's length larger than the hole, then cut it into a square or rectangular shape.

  • Turn on the iron to the hottest steam setting for your fabric. Press your patch flat. With the right side facing down, fold under the edges a quarter of an inch on all four sides. Press the folds with the iron to keep them in place.

Applying the Patch

  • Turn the pants inside out. Place your patch, right side down, on the inside of the pants, covering the torn area. Place fusible web tape between the patch overlap and the pants. Iron the patch to the pants, sealing the fusible tape.

  • Choose a straight stitch and a sturdy sewing needle, especially for heavy fabrics like corduroy, khaki or denim. Starting in one corner of the patch, hand-stitch all the way around it. Be sure to stitch over your starting point to lock your patching seam.

  • Turn the pants right side out and use the iron to press as needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a sturdy needle and thread to ensure the patch is secure.
  • Use smaller and tighter stitches to make the patch strong and the stitching itself less noticeable.
  • Use caution with the steam iron to avoid burns.
  • Unplug the iron when not in use to avoid any injury.

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