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Published on January 14th, 2014 | by Julie Finn

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Clothing + Fashion: The 14 Best Ways to Patch Jeans

Hole in your pants?

You can fix that. Learning to repair your clothing is a great step to take in making your life more eco-friendly–every knee you patch is a new pair of pants that you don’t have to buy.

There are many right ways to go about patching your pants:

  • Just mend it. If what you’ve got is a rip, not a hole, then follow the correct steps to mend the ripped pants and forget a patch!
  • Patch it. Here’s how to make a simple, satin-stitched, basic patch for your pants.
  • Patch it without sewing. No-sew patches are a little less eco-friendly than sewn patches, since they use fusible interfacing, but it’s still a whole sight better than buying a new pair of pants.
  • Crazy-stitch a patchWant to sew the patch yourself, but maybe you’re a beginning sewer and worried that your stitching will look untidy? Make that untidiness look intentional!
  • Hand-embellish a patch. The decorative stitching on this embroidery thread-embellished patch won’t last forever, so it’s a fun detail to add to a kid’s patch, especially when you’re only mending the pants to get the last of the season’s wear out of them. But if you satin-stitch the same fun patches, the stitching will last a lot longer.
  • Patch a hole in a pocketDo it right, and you’ll be able to use your pocket again.
  • Add knee padsIf you’re patching a spot that gets a ton of wear, you might as well reinforce that spot while you’re at it.
  • Add extra patchesIf you’re worried that just one patch will look weird, then add a few more in other places to make the look intentional.
  • Add a ruffleJust remember that since you’re not mending the original hole in these patched jeans, you’ll need to reinforce your patch VERY thoroughly.
  • Reverse applique onto jersey knitThis is a great fix for little kids’ jersey knit leggings, and makes them look even cuter afterwards. Hint: this method also works on T-shirts.
  • Reverse applique onto denimThis is less sturdy than a conventional patch, since you’re not mending the original hole, so it works best for an adult’s garment that won’t get a ton more hard use in that spot.
  • Patch with lace. Add a layer of lace to any reverse applique patch for a decorative embellishment.
  • Patch with felted woolFelted wool sweaters are sturdy enough to patch jeans, and you can add some really cool effects by playing with their colors and textures.


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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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