Clothing + Fashion how to mend jeans (1 of 5)

Published on January 14th, 2013 | by Julie Finn


How-to: Mend Ripped Jeans

ripped jeans that need to be mended

Big rip, right?

Fortunately, mending this huge rip right in the butt of my comfy jeans takes WAY less time than it would to head out shopping and buy more jeans.

It’s also cheaper!

Here’s the easy way to mend tears in your jeans:

use a seam ripper to open up interfering pockets and seams

Use a seam ripper to open up interfering pockets and seams.

1. Clear the field of battle. Snip the loose, dangling threads away from the tear, and use a seam ripper to open up any pockets or seams that would get in the way of your sewing–you can sew them back again when you’re finished. If you need to open up a leg seam to get easier access to a rip, the word on the street is that you should open up the outer thigh seam, not the inner thigh seam, which has extra reinforcements in its stitching.

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I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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