Distress jeans are still in style and I’ve got the easiest way to restoring your old ripped jeans to new.
I love ripped jeans but I got tired of them falling apart in the washer and leaving me with reckless looking holes in my pants. In order to repair my jeans and my sanity, I grabbed a needle and thread and created a quick fix more durable than the original thread. Here we go –>
- Distress Jeans
- Any Needle
- White or cream all purpose thread
- A good Netflix series
Total time: Depends on your jeans but it can be anywhere between 30min to 2hrs.
Here’s a quick how to video, you can continue reading more below!
First off I recommend you iron your jeans so that they lay flat on a flat surface.
Thread your needle! Fold the thread in half and with the needle in the center, tie the ends with a secure knot. The amount of thread does not matter.
Start from the inside of your jeans and run the thread over to the opposite side and through your jeans. You’re going to continue this process until you have covered the open hole on your jeans. The closer you run your thread the more natural it will look.
When ever you are about to run out, just make a knot at the frayed edge and start a new thread.
You can make a knot every inch along the frayed edge to secure the thread in place and continue. Knotting every so often will also prevent the entire area to become unraveled if one thread breaks later on.
Note to self: Do not pull the thread tight, this might change the fit of the jeans! Just pull it enough that it reaches both ends of the hole. Lastly, tie it off!
Super simple, super easy! Hope you enjoy this DIY on how to renew your ripped jeans. Would love to see your renewed jeans, tag me @simplory!
There’s something to be said for a well-worn garment. The stains, tears, holes, and scratches tell a story. That delicious bowl of pasta left a teeny little red spot on your linen pants. Or you ripped a hole in your jeans on a long bike ride. No big deal. But sometimes, these blemishes go from endearing to unseemly. You can’t be showing up to the party with holes in the ol’ crotch region of your beloved denim pants. But we’re not advocating that you dump your old pair of jeans. And sure you could go to a tailor or a denim repair pro. But we’re advocating for some DIY for those ripped jeans. We’re going to help teach you how to patch your jeans.
What You Need to Repair Your Jeans
Depending on the tear or hole you’re trying to mend, you might use one of a handful of repair methods. Whether you need to sew up a small tear in your denim or patch a large hole in your jeans, you’re going to need a needle and thread. Most basic sewing kits will do the job. Plus, if you’re going to embrace the DIY lifestyle, a decent sewing/repair kit is a worthwhile investment. The thread you choose is purely up to you. Maybe you want a contrasting color for aesthetic purposes. Or maybe you just want a seamless blend of colors. You should be able to find denim thread matching your wash of jeans. A simple white cotton thread almost always looks great on a pair of jeans, too.
You might not need extra denim fabric if you’re repairing a slim, small tear. But, for larger holes or rips, it’s best to reinforce the area with some more denim. And to apply the fabric, there’s no better supplement than an iron. Fabric glue can work sometimes too, but we prefer the iron method. And, of course, a solid pair of fabric scissors is necessary for just about any repair job.
Do I Need a Sewing Machine?
Most modern households don’t have sewing machines anymore. So, unless you know a seamstress or seamster, it might be hard to find a sewing machine to borrow. While it might offer more security to your repair, it isn’t exactly necessary. You can craft a durable patch with just an iron, some fabric, and a needle and thread. But, if you do have a sewing machine, Levi’s actually produced a pretty great how-to video to patch your jeans.
How to Patch Ripped Jeans
Step 1: Trim the Edges
Trim away the excess strands of fabric around the edges of your tear or hole for a clean working area.
Step 2: Flip Your Jeans Inside Out
Unless you’re going for a unique aesthetic choice, it’s best to affix your patch on the inside of your jeans. You’ll end up with a sturdier fix and it’s easier to blend the patch with the original pair of jeans. At this point, it’s also important to put a bit of cardboard inside the flipped-out pant leg to protect your jeans.
Step 3: Cut Your Denim Fabric
Use your fabric scissors to cut your patch from the iron on denim fabric. Make sure to keep the patch just a bit larger than the hole itself.
Step 4: Iron Your Patch
Follow the instructions on your denim fabric to iron on your patch. Usually, it’ll take about a minute or so of ironing. Make sure to use even heat and pressure while ironing.
Step 5: Sew Around the Edges
For extra protection and to ensure your patch stays firm, go ahead and stitch with a criss-cross pattern around the edges of your patch (once it’s cool, of course). When wrapping up, make sure to tie off your thread on the inside of your jeans.
Optional Step 5.5: Stitch Across Your Patch
If you’re not satisfied with the simple look of a denim patch, you can stitch across the outside of your jeans. You can either use the matching denim thread or go for a white cotton thread. Start from the inside of your jeans and stitch back and forth horizontally with your thread. Don’t pull too tight – you don’t want to scrunch up your pant leg. Make sure to completely cover the patched hole and then tie off your thread on the inside of your jeans.
Step 6: Wear Your Jeans!
Now that you’ve properly fixed your old pair of jeans, wear them with confidence! And if you get any more rips, now you know how to handle them.
Want to read more about caring for your denim jeans? Click here for Cool Material’s Guide to Denim.
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I’ve finally gotten used to the distressed jeans trend, and I like it. What I don’t like is that the jeans wear out way too quickly. The holes in the denim look great–until they don’t. When the holes get too big for the school dress code, it’s time for a quick fix. Here’s how I patch holes in distressed denim. (I have a no-sew option as well.)
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How to Patch Distressed Jeans
My daughter’s shorts were super cute when we got them. They had small holes on the front pockets where the white pocket showed through. Eventually, the holes got bigger, and instead of a pocket, it was skin showing through. Besides the fact that I don’t want my daughter to have holes that high on her jeans, it’s against school dress code. If your pants have holes, they have to be below the fingertips.
These were my daughter’s favorite shorts, and it was close to winter weather, so I really didn’t want to replace them. Luckily, the fix was really easy. I’ll show you my way to patch holes in distressed denim, and then I’ll give you some other options as well.
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I wanted to make it look like her pocket was showing through the hole, so I grabbed a pair of jeans that was headed to Good Will and cut off an inside pocket. I used that as the patch for the giant hole.
All I did was pin it on and stitch it down. I started out on the sewing machine, but the location of the hole was too difficult for the machine to reach. I stitched the rest by hand.
Easy No-sew Option
If you don’t like to sew, try liquid stitch instead. It’s a fabric glue, so it will keep sticking even after clothes are washed and dried. If I had thought of it sooner, I would have tried it instead of sewing.
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There is one other option that I might try next time. I’ve noticed at Old Navy that a lot of the men’s distressed jeans have a different color of denim behind the holes. I really like that look, so I’ll try that next time. I have a closet full of too-small jeans (that I keep hoping I’ll fit into someday), so it would be really easy to find some extra denim.
That’s it! Super easy, and now her shorts can last through the season. I hope this works for you. I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments.
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Thanks for stopping by today. You might like some of my other sewing (and no-sew) tutorials as well. The images below are linked to posts, so click on them to check them out.
Here’s how to patch up that old pair of ripped jeans
Last Updated February 22, 2021
I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of over the whole ripped jeans style. I have a few pairs, but whenever I wear them, I always just feel sad about how cold my knees feel. When I sit, the little strings stretching across the hole cut into my skin. All around, ripped jeans are not great vibes. Now that I’ve exposed myself as a grandma, I feel totally comfortable saying that instead of throwing out my ripped jeans, I patched them with colorful fabric. While I didn’t go into this project with a concrete plan, it still turned out great. All I needed was some spare fabric and a sewing needle. Follow along on my pant-patching journey, and maybe try it yourself!
First, I picked out the fabric I wanted to use. Luckily, I happened to have some super old quilting squares laying around. If you want, you could totally go to a fabric store and purchase some, but because you really don’t need a lot of material, it’s best to look in some other places first. If you have some fabric left over from a cropped shirt or a floral skirt that you really don’t wear anymore, this is a great way to repurpose that fabric. You can even use material from an old tablecloth or pillowcase. Whatever you choose to work with, cut out a chunk of the fabric to a size slightly bigger than the hole you want to cover.
If you’re anything like me, you have multiple pairs of pants with rips on them (high school me really went off). You might have several ripped jeans to pick from, so it’s best to start with the simplest pair. Though I had a couple of contenders, I decided to go with a pair of jeans that just had two knee holes. To prepare the jeans, I cut away most of the white frayed parts, while still leaving a frayed edge. Feel free to leave more of the wispy strings if you’re going for a rugged style.
To actually sew the patches on, I turned the pants inside out and placed the fabric over the hole that I wanted to cover. You could totally use a sewing machine if you have one, but I used a needle and some white thread. Making sure that the right side of the fabric will be facing outwards, I stitched the fabric to the hole, not worrying too much about making the neatest stitches. It’s okay if the thread is a bit visible — that’s just part of the thrifty style. However, if you are hand sewing, make sure to make your stitches small and tight enough that the pants will be able to go through the wash without falling apart.
Now that you’ve done the actual sewing, turn the pants right side out and try them on to see how they look. It’s important to make sure you didn’t sew too tight, and that you can still bend your knees comfortably without ripping the stitches out. At this stage, you can cut away more of the white thread, or add some embroidery floss to really exaggerate the patched part of the jeans. Definitely give the patches a few tugs to make sure they’re secure, especially if you were sewing on frayed material. If you’re feeling really festive, you could sew extra patches around other parts of the pants with any leftover material. It could be fun to make patterned belt loops or any other creative ideas you might have.
That’s it! Now all that’s left to do is have yourself a little self-timer photoshoot in your jazzed-up pants. Seriously, this project was super easy and fun, and it costs nothing assuming you’re reusing old fabric. Try it out!
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Iron-on fabric patches or embroidered patches can disguise a hole and create a unique colorful look to your jeans. Like the denim patches above they can be solely ironed in place or reinforced with stitching around the edge.
Always read the instructions for your embroidered patch but here are the basics:
- Iron the hole in your jeans to flatten the threads. Trim any loose or longer threads.
- Turn on your iron to the recommended setting for the patch. In most cases, this will be one of the hottest settings.
- Place the embroidered patch over the hole.
- Using a towel or cloth in between the patch and your iron, press firmly for the recommended time. Most patches are made from polyester or synthetic materials so it is important not to touch the iron directly on them or risk melting.
- You may need to iron a few times to make sure that the patch is attached on the edges.
- Wait 24-48 hours before washing your jeans.
How to Fix a Hole in Jeans – In Conclusion
Now you know how to fix a hole in jeans you are set to put your jeans back on! It will not matter how you repaired the hole in your jeans. You will be ready to sing along with stars like Keith Urban as you wear your blue jeans. Yes, sing along and. “when you wake up in the mornin’ light. You will pull on your jeans and feel all right.”
Hey y’all, this month I’m going to focus on sustainable sewing, including things like mending existing clothing. Today I’m sharing how to fix ripped jeans with visible mending and patches.
Ever since I shared the image above on Instagram, I’ve been getting requests to show how to do the hand sewing patches I added to these jeans. The machine sewn patches are covered in this post, and today I’m going to share how to sew the Sashiko style patches.
I’ve got a video below that you can watch to see how I stitched on these patches, which you can also watch on YouTube here if it won’t load below or you prefer.
So mend your jeans – wear them longer, and enjoy the character of jeans mended in layers.
Over 450 million pairs of jeans are sold every year in America. Despite the many styles, the traditional jean remains the most popular. However, not all clothing companies may make them the best quality. We’re all victims of it! Ripped jeans in between our legs/thighs!
So, it’s about time you sit down and read on to learn how to fix ripped jeans. This article will especially be helpful if you’re not one who is too crafty because we will go over how to fix ripped jeans without sewing. In fact, by doing so, you’re helping combat the issue of fast fashion and helping the environment!
Do you have a particular question about fixing the jeans without sewing? Then use the table of contents below to jump to the most relevant section. And you can always go back by clicking on the arrow in the right bottom corner of the page. Also, please note that some of the links in this article may be affiliate links. For more details, check the Disclosure section at the bottom of the page.
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How to fix a hole in jeans without a patch?
It may seem like a hassle to even fix jeans, but fear not! It’s worth a try. If you have a straight cut in your jeans, then hand sewing is the most simple method. You can even purchase an invisible fabric mending tape and place it under the tear. You can use the overcast stitch technique, an edge finishing stitch that neatens up your edges.
Make sure to use a thread that is the most similar color to your pair of jeans. After everything is patched up, cut off any excess fabric. And voila.
To repair the hole in jeans, especially larger ones, then we have a few creative recommendations. From embroidery stitches over the whole, Sashiko Japanese embroidery, or the most classic, buying ready-made patches from stores.
How to fix holes in jeans?
If you’re really not the type of person who is keen on being crafty, then this is one way to fix a hole in jeans without sewing: fabric patches! The other materials you need to repair holes in jeans are fabric glue, self-sticking clothing tape, heat-activated hemming tape, and an iron.
First, get the (double-sided) self-sticking tape and cut it thin enough to go over the tear/hole from the inside. Cut the same size of heat-activated tape and place it on one side of the hole.
In doing this, get your iron and go over it, making sure it is tight. Now, get your fabric patch and cut it just a little bit larger than the hole. Place that over the damaged area, sticking it to the jeans with fabric glue over the topic.
How to fix ripped jeans that ripped too much?
The best way to fix ripped jeans, and the most favored method, would be patching from under the rip/hole. This works no matter how large a tear or hole is because you can just get a patch or a new piece of jean material, as long as it is the same weight and color as your original pair of jeans.
The technique is fairly simple to do, as you can just do running stitches loosely to attach the patch from the inside. Then from the jeans’ surface, making the weaving movement similar to the original stitch on those jeans.
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How to make jeans bigger without sewing?
If you want to fix your jeans to make them bigger and without sewing, there is a way! The first way to do so is by stretching it out by hand and on a coat hanger after washing it. You could also have iron/steam it and use a waistband stretcher. Another option is to add extension patches, but this works best if you have high waist jeans.
How to patch jeans without a sewing machine?
If you don’t mind giving your jeans a new style, you can definitely make an embroidery stitch over the patch, rather than closing it shut or using a patch. This involves marking around the hole with light ink or chalk. Following that mark, use that as a stencil and make stitches following that shape. At different points of the shape, repeat similar stitches across/over the hole until it is covered.
Another technique is Japanese Sashiko embroidery. This is fun, creative, and an option to use an easy patch for holes in jeans. Placing a patch under the whole, from the inside, you then stitch from the outside of the jeans doing whatever pattern you’d like. In this traditional Japanese technique, it’s little ‘stabs’ or small lines, done by the thread.
How to fix ripped jeans crotch without sewing?
The best way to fix ripped jeans without sewing is the patch method, as mentioned above. All it takes to fix that tear in jeans is the self-sticking tape, heat-hemming tape, glue, and an iron. This will require no thread, extra pieces of cloth, or needle to repair ripped jeans.
The inner thigh/crotch area of jeans is subject to wear and tear, over time modern stretch denim can tear or develop holes. It is easy to apply a patch of similarly toned denim to the inside of your jeans to cover the hole and importantly strengthen the denim in the surrounding area.
I was packing my bag Monday morning for a few days away camping, imagine my dismay to realize that one of my mere two pairs of jeans had developed a hole in the inner thigh. As the British summer is somewhat unpredictable, I just didn’t feel I could take the risk and only pack one pair!! So I packed my jeans, along with a denim patch, thread, and needle.
Can you see the repair?
When wearing the jeans the repair is not visible, unless you are looking for it! I asked my son to take pictures to share with you – he thought it a rather strange request!
What thread should I use to repair my jeans?
Traditionally boro repair technique uses sashiko thread. Alternatively you could use embroidery floss, button thread, or standard sewing machine thread (I would opt to double sewing machine thread for strength). I love to use materials I have to hand so personally I am using Jean Stitch thread I found in a thrift store.
As I am repairing the inner thigh I am choosing a thread to closely match the colour of the denim.