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How To Fix a Hole in Jeans

Fixing rips or tears in pants can be a daunting task- but with a few deep breaths, a sewing machine and an Iron-On patch repair kit you can have those pants back in service by tomorrow morning. Follow these 4 easy steps in how to fix a hole in jeans and be one step closer to I-fixed-it-myself blissfulness:

how to fix a hole in jeans

This is a serious case- borderline on fixing such a gigantic, messy tear or recycling the jeans into a picnic blanket. But, since these specific trousers are a favorite pair and the area needing repair isn’t very visible, I’ll give it a shot. **Wash the pants before you begin.

hole in crotch of jeans

What the hole looks like from the inside- not very visible, so definitely still fixable.

Dritz denim iron-on patches

Sew the hole closed and also using an Iron-On denim repair patch kit (available at any sewing store, or even Walmart). The hole can be fix by only sewing it closed but it will last a lot longer and be worth your trouble if you patch it as well as sew it closed.

denim iron on patch instructions

The label of the Iron-On patch kit, pay attention to these instructions when it come time to iron on the patch to be certain that your patch affixes properly.

how to fix a hole in jeans

Choose a thread matching the area of the jeans you are patching. Use a bobbin of the same color because some of the sewing will be done with the jeans inside out and the bobbin thread will become the top thread.

patching jeans

Step 1:

With the jeans (pants) inside out, match up the torn edges and with a wide zig-zag stitch on the machine, sew the tear closed. This is just a basic, preliminary stitching just to get the fabric to stay in the right place when the patch is ironed on.

how to fix a hole in jeans

I zig-zag stitched the side tear first, then sew down the ripped center seam area. Don’t worry too much if the fabric edges doesn’t match up exactly, denim (and cotton) stretch quite a bit. If you do your best, it should look just fine after a washing.

sewing a hole in pants

All closed, with the widest zig-zag stitch on the machine. Now it’s time to put the patch on.

fixing a hole in jeans with an iron on patch

Step 2:

Keep the pants inside out and cut out a generous sized iron on patch that will cover the hole (and then some). Round off the edges of the patch.

fixing jeans with an iron on patch

Following the instructions on the package, iron the patch onto the inside of the pants. Make sure the fabric below the patch is laying flat and you aren’t ironing in creases that will remain forever. It looks like (in the picture above) there are creases under the patch, but hang in there- it’s just the way I had to pull the fabric to make the fabric under the patch lay flat.

Turn the jeans right side out, and iron on this side too. Trim any loose edge fiber or threads.

how to fix a hole in pants

Step 3:

While still right side out, sew over the hole and patch with the wide zig-zag stitch, with a good, careful, reinforcing stitch.

iron on pants patch after sewing

Turn the pants inside out again and the patch should look like this now with the zig-zag stitching from the last step visible.

patching hole in jeans with iron on

Step 4:

Now zig-zag stitch all the way around the edges of the patch. When patching an area of pants that sees a lot of use and abuse (knees, crotch) it’s always a good idea to reinforce the edges because it’s likely the iron on glue won’t hold perfectly. It’s a bit of insurance you’ll be glad to have in place.

patching hole in jeans

When you turn the pants right side out again (for the last time) you’ll be pleased you took the time to match sewing machine thread to fabric.  The stitches around the patch, especially on denim,  won’t be visible at all.

patching hole in jeans

Now you know how to fix a hole in pants, they’re all finished and ready for wearing. The patch may feel a bit stiff the first few wearings but will relax with time and washings. Making it possible for you or your loved one to wear their favorite pair of pants once again… and again.

Look here for another denim patching project!

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