Perhaps you have a pair of jeans that fit perfectly, but are getting worn out between the legs? Why don’t you fix them and enjoy them longer? Or you want to try clothing alterations, but feel unconfident in your skills. This tutorial shows the steps to fix a hole in jeans between the legs.
Mending a pair of jeans is a beginner friendly alteration. You can do it to practice those forward and backwards stitches. It doesn’t need a lot of preparation or tools.
We are going to use a top straight stitch on a regular sewing machine.
Materials and tools:
- a piece of denim or any other woven, not stretchy fabric;
- a matching thread;
- a sewing machine.
Here is how to fix that ripped jeans yourself.
Watch the video tutorial:
Or read the accompanying written instructions:
Thе pair that we are about to fix has a hole only on one leg. But I always recommend doing both sides, because the fabric is going thin. And even if there is not a hole yet there will be one soon. What we are going to do is patch the inside of the legs under the holes.
1.Find a piece of denim fabric
that is similar in colour to the pair you are about to repair. In case you don’t have any denim, you might use any type of fabric as long as it doesn’t stretch. The fabric should be woven, so it holds the worn off part. It shouldn’t distort once it is done. But don’t pick a very thick patch, too. This might make the jeans uncomfortable to wear.
2.Cut out two patches
that replicate the shape of the hole. Leave the patches a bit bigger than the hole. Otherwise, the fabric that is worn off around the hole will break soon. This is what would happen then – another hole right next to the patch. Clean the edges of the patch, so they won’t fray. I use a serger, but if you don’t have one you can use a zigzag stitch or any type of overcasting stitch.
Patches are ready and we need to attach them to the inside of the leg.
3.Choose a thread that matches the colour of the jeans as much as possible.
All jeans have that melange colour, so there is no way to find a thread that matches perfectly. But the best match you make, the less visible the repairment would be.
Tip: try a grey instead of a blue thread. Sometimes it might look better if the legs are really worn.
4. Attach the patches on the inside of the jeans.
Sew at the back centre seam, inside leg and as far as the patch would go. Make sure to pull the jeans leg slightly, so it doesn’t gather under the patch. Move the jeans around so you can work any direction you want. Attach the second patch. Keep turning the jeans around and pulling the fabric underneath.
Sewing directly on the seams makes the patches more durable. If you put them on the fabric that is more or less worn, you are going to get results that last shorter.
turn the jeans around so you can stitch on the face of the fabric. This way you are going to be able to see what you do while you are stitching and correct the direction so you get the best results possible.
5. Make a round of forward and backwards stitches.
You should sew all the way on the patch.This is sort of a freestyle, just keep making stitches forward and back.
You should sew all the way on the patch.This is sort of a freestyle, just keep making stitches forward and back. Try to make the stitches in a direction that goes with the grain. This way the stitches would be less visible. Make sure to cover the whole surface of the patch with stitches.
The last step would be to clean the threads and check for wrinkles. Wrinkles happen because the ripped fabric got stretched. You can avoid that effect if you iron the area before sewing. If this happens, just break several stitches, adjust the fabric and sew over again.
6. Clean the threads and check for wrinkles.
Wrinkles happen because the ripped fabric got stretched. You can avoid that effect if you iron the area before sewing. If this happens, just break several stitches, adjust the fabric and sew over again.
Once you’ve covered the whole surface of the patch, you are done. If you’d rather not sew, here is how to fix a hole in jeans with a textile glue. Have in mind that glueing the patch is not recommended for fix a hole in jeans between the legs. The extra stitching “recovers” the worn out fabric in a way and gives the best results for this area.
If you have any questions or would like some help with this project, don’t hesitate to drop me a comment below.