How Sew a Patch Over Your Jeans Hole

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  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 0-30
What You'll Need
Needle (or sewing machine)
Fabric tape

A rip in your jeans doesn’t have to mean a trip to the store. With a few simple tools and sewing skills, you can add style and keep air from hitting your legs.

Choose Your Style of Patch or Fabric

The hardest part of sewing a patch over a jeans hole is choosing how to cover it. Many people will simply leave holes in place as it doesn’t require any work. But you have options. Patches are one way to cover up an unsightly hole. You might also want to choose fabric which is close to the original jean color to make the repair less visible. Take some time to look at fabric options online and in fabric stores for inspiration.

Step 1 – Measure the Hole to Be Covered

Before you begin, measure the hole to see how much fabric you need. Measure the jeans when they are lying flat on a surface. Trim away any excess threads or pieces of jean which might be fraying before you measure. They can make the hole look smaller than it really is. Remember that your patch needs to be larger than the hole so add about a half an inch to each measurement to cut out the proper fabric or choose the right patch.

Step 2 - Place the Fabric on the Jeans

With the jeans still on a flat surface, put the fabric or patch into place. Push it down completely, pinning it to the inside of the jeans as much as possible. There should be no bunching or gaps between the jeans and the patch. If there are spaces, when the jeans are sewn, the end result will not be smooth. You might also want to use fabric tape to secure the fabric in place if needed.

Step 3 - Sewing the Hole Closed

Once the fabric is secured to the jeans, you may opt to hand sew the fabric in place. This is a time-consuming project and may be difficult to complete evenly. With a sewing machine, take the jeans and turn them inside out. Following the pins for guidance, sew the fabric to the inside of the jeans, using thread that is as coordinated as possible to the coloring.

Use as many stitches on each side of the fabric as you like. The more stitches you make, the less noticeable the patch will be. Once the fabric is in place, turn the jeans back to the right side out and try the jeans on—or have the owner of the jeans try them on. If they fit well, the project is done. If not, then pull the stitches out and try to secure them more evenly.

Fixing holes in jeans is a common project and one that will extend the life of your wardrobe. This project is especially helpful for those with children who like to ruin their clothing while playing.