How can you repair a pair of ripped jeans?
It happens that your favorite pair of jeans got ripped, but you still want to keep it. Yet, you don’t want them to look old and ugly. But how can you repair them?
If this is the issue it can be fixed by using several different methods. Which one is the best choice depend on your preferences, but also on the place where the jeans are ripped.
If the jeans are ripped around the back pocket or the crotch,
we usually use stitches to fix it. If it is a child’s pair of jeans we might add a patch that is colorful or has a picture on it (like a flower or a cartoon character). As soon as I have such project in my practise I will show you how to do it.
In this particular case,
we choose to use textile glue. The hole is in a place where stitches would be very visible. There isn’t some very intensive stretching in this area, therefore gluing the hole would be a good choice.
The instruments you are going to need are:
- textile glue, to fix the patch to the hole;
- scissors to cut the patch;
- overlocker or a zig-zag stitch to clean the edges of the patch, so it doesn’t fray;
- a plastic bag to use for preventing glue spillage.
There are a lot of different trademarks and types of glue on the market.
Right now I use those two on the pictures below. The first has no color and the second one is white but stronger. I prefer the transparent one for more delicate fabrics. If I use it for jeans, the fabric is thick enough.
So, I don’t have to worry about the possibility of glue going through the fabric. If this happens (on more delicate fabrics) it is going to be visible on the face of the fabric and ruin the whole project you are on.
I get those brands of glue in our local sewing shop. Most probably there are plenty to choose from where you live. You can find some on Amazon, too.
I suggest that you test your glue on small pieces of fabric before you use it on a garment. This can help you choose a glue for all your projects in the future. Textile glue can be very useful for different occasions. I use it a lot when I make costumes and dolls for my daughter.
Let’s continue with
The steps to fix the hole.
First, turn the jeans inside out. Find a piece of jeans fabric that looks close to the pair you have. This is in case you want to make the patch less visible. There is an option to put a piece of fabric with contrasting color or even another type of fabric like lace or linen. This is up to your design and taste. A patch that stretches won’t be a good choice so go for a fabric that is not elastic.
Second, cut the piece of fabric so it can cover the whole hole. Then, clean the edges of the piece so it won’t unravel. I use my overlocker machine for that purpose. If you don’t have one, you can use a zig zag stitch as well. The point is to clean the edges so they don’t unravel.
Then, I use a plastic bag to prevent any spillage of glue on the jeans, because it can’t be cleaned if this happens. It sinks into the fabric and it can’t be removed.
Once it is safe, I start applying the glue on the edges of the hole. Then, I apply some glue to the edges of the piece, that is going to cover the hole.
I press it gently with my fingers to fix it in place. Depending on the type of glue you use, you might have to wait a few hours until the glue dries up. I prefer to wait for approximately 12 hours.
This is the result I get. If your glue is strong enough, you can rely on it as if it was stitched all over.
Believe it or not, you are now one step closer to becoming a professional sewer. This is one of the most requested repairments I do for clients, especially now when ripped jeans are back in fashion.
Repairing ripped jeans with stitches
If the problem is between the tights or around the crotch it is better to sew over it with forward and backward stitches on the regular machine. I prepare the patch the same way as if I was going to glue it. Then, I start sewing. Sometimes I use a straight stitch and sometimes I prefer a zig zag one. This is up to you. I usually start with stitching around the hole to fix the patch in place. Then, with thick stitches, I go around the whole patch. You should sew with the face of the jeans up, not the patch. It is always better to see the end result while working.
Tip. When you repair jeans with a patch and stitches all over it is very hard to find the appropriate color of the thread. A darker thread always looks better than a lighter one when the stitches start to add up. Also, I’ve found out that a gray thread looks best on blue jeans because it goes well both with the blue and white base.
This is a very common fix that gives you some additional time to enjoy your jeans. It’s also a good practice for maneuvering forward and back with your sewing machine. You can watch the video tutorial I made.
If you choose to repair the jeans with a patch over the hole you can use both gluing or stitching on the edge of the patch. If the problem is on the leg, it might be too narrow to put it into the machine. I usually open the side of the leg so I can work at ease and sew it back together when I’m done. Or, just glue it as shown above.
If you have any questions please ask in the comment section below.
Or send me a picture of your rescued jeans 🙂