How to Patch Pants Successfully: 5 Methods for Patching Denim

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Denim Pants should not be ruined by holes or rips if they are otherwise wearable. Patching up holes of the pants with fun embroidered patterns or brightly colored patches can even breathe new life into old jeans.

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Most holes can be easily repaired with a patch and some simple stitching, as long as you have some basic sewing skills.

Here are the 5 methods you can use to Patch your Pants Perfectly:

ok, so here are some of the ways you can perfectly patch your denim pants or rigged jeans.

Method#1: Sew a Patch onto Jeans from the Inside using a Sewing Machine:

A pair of jeans with a large or small hole in the crotch can benefit from this method. Although the stitches aren’t completely invisible, they are relatively undetectable. Fraying threads can be trimmed around the hole using scissors.

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Take a scrap denim patch that matches the wash of your jeans and place it face down over the hole in your jeans. Before sewing, apply a fusible (a thin webbing that bonds fabric together when ironed) or stitch around the edge of the patch with a tack stitch (a loose temporary stitch intended to be removed later).

Place your jeans right side out under your sewing machine, and thread the machine with a matching thread color. You can stitch across the patch using either a zig-zag stitch or a straight stitch (whichever is most compatible with your denim fabric). Ensure that the stitching direction matches the weave of the fabric of your jeans. All tack stitching should be cut off once completed.

Methid#2: Use an Iron-on Patch to Repair the Damage Pants

Despite not being the longest-lasting method of mending jeans, an iron-on patch is certainly the most straightforward.

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If your denim patch isn’t dyed to match your jeans, buy one that is dyed to match your jeans, place it over the hole (adhesive backing up), and iron it with light pressure until the patch is bonded.

For a more permanent repair, you can sew a zig-zag stitch along the edges of the patch.

Methid#3: Make Sure the Rip is Clean by Hand Stitching it. 

To mend a clean tear without losing actual fabric, hand sewing is the best method. Use an iron to heat the fabric mending tape under the damaged area.

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Sew an overcast stitch over the rip’s edges using thread that matches your torn jeans. Make sure the jeans’ inside fabric mending tape has no excess fabric.

Method#4: Stitch with Darning Stitches:

By using a needle and thread alone, darning repairs holes without patching. The process of darning is similar to weaving and is best used for small holes that do not run along seams. You should begin darning jeans from the underside of a hole to repair them.

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In parallel lines as close together as possible, sew rows of vertical straight stitches over the entire hole. Stitch horizontally in rows perpendicular to the first stitching once you have covered the hole with vertical stitches. Using this method, you will be able to weave the entire hole together as a pattern. If you use a sewing machine, darning is the fastest option, but hand darning also works.

Metod#5: Embroider a patch with Japanese sashiko. 

In Japanese culture, sashiko embroidery is used to repair boro textiles. In order to mend jeans using sashiko embroidery, choose a piece of fabric to use as a patch, ensuring it covers the hole’s border.

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You can use a fabric patch with a non-traditional color or pattern since sashiko has a unique design. Patch the hole temporarily with a fabric glue stick. Choose a color of embroidery or sashiko thread that contrasts with your jeans’ color if you want to show off your unique sashiko stitching.

In the next step, thread a long embroidery needle with at least four strands of thread. Embroider a running stitch parallel to the patch’s edge on the first side to begin the patching process. Fill in the entire patch by adding parallel running stitches.

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