Published on May 11th, 2009 | by Julie Finn5
Practically Crafty: How to Mend a Hole in Your Pocket
In celebration of my first week of summer vacation (and to make up for totally blowing off my Crafting a Green World blog responsibilities while I graded 42 final papers and calcuated 42 final grades), I am posting a serious, savvy, stash-busting craft project every day this week. I’ve put off the mending, the upkeep, the interior design, and the works-in-progress for too long, and it’s time to bust some stash and clear out some projects.
The jeans with the two huge, gaping holes in the back pocket.
Hurry and go dig out your favorite pair of jeans with the hole in the back pocket, because we are about to mend it.
You will need:
- your favorite jeans with a hole in the back pocket (not a rip with a gaping flap–I have one of those, too, but we’ll fix that one later this week)
- a seam ripper
- a piece of matching fabric from your stash, at least a quarter-inch wider on all sides than your pocket (choose anything thin, such as flannel or quilting cotton, and choose something that will blend in with your jeans–I’m using the blue plaid flannel ring sling that I made over four years ago and used with both my daughters)
- matching thread
- sewing machine with VERY sturdy needle inserted (at least a denim needle, and perhaps even a leather needle, which is what I use)
1. Using the seam ripper, take off your ripped pocket. This will take some work, because the thread used for jeans is VERY sturdy, but it is quite do-able. Don’t worry about marking where your pocket sits before you take it off–it will be completely obvious.
2. Lay out your piece of matching fabric, and iron it flat.
3. Lay your pocket on top of your matching fabric, and cut around it by about one-quarter of an inch on all sides. Clip your corners on that matching fabric, because you’ll be folding your hem in.
4. Flip over your pocket and fabric so that the fabric is on top, and working on one side at a time, fold one side of matching fabric under so that it’s even with the pocket, and iron.
5. Pin the matching fabric to the pocket.
6. Topstitch the top edge of your pocket, sewing the matching fabric to the pocket.
7. Pin your pocket, with the matching fabric still attached, back to your jeans, exactly where it was before.
8. Stitch over the old stitch lines to re-sew the pocket back to the jeans. You’ll be sewing through your original pocket, your new fabric liner, and the butt of your jeans here. You’ll also be stitching two sets of stitch lines, because jeans are sewn with twin needles. Manufacturers do make twin needles for home sewing machines, but it will look neater if you follow the original stitch lines exactly, and you’ll be better able to do that if you use a single needle and do each stitch line separately. Also, if you’d really like your sewing to blend in, choose a thread color that matches your jeans, not the original thread color that you ripped out. It was probably yellow, and you do have yellow thread, but it won’t match, because it will be a different weight. It will look perfectly natural if you match your thread color to your fabric, though.
Now, all you have left to do is find someone with a camera and get them to admire your boo-tay!