How to easily repair your favourite jeans
Your favourite jeans got ripped up? Don’t worry! It’s easier to repair than you think!
I can feel with you! I always panicked about having to throw away my jeans when that happend. But some day, my grandmother who is a seamstress showed me how to easily repair my jeans. Now I’ll share this knowledge with you.
What do you need?
To fix your jeans you need:
- The jeans
- Your sewing machine
- Sewing needles for jeans fabric
- Some fabric which is not too thick (preferably some cotton fabric)
- Your fabric scissors
- Matching thread
- Optional: Wondetape
First you need your jeans, the fabric to fix it and your fabric scissors. You switch your jeans in a way so the inside is out. Afterwards take your fabric and lay it next to the part that needs fixing. This way it’s quite easy to see how much fabric you need. I always try to be generous here and apply a bit more fabric than needed.
You can choose to mark the needed part of the fabric witha bit of chalk or you can directly cut it. I always use rectangles to fix those parts of a jeans. Here you can see how much fabric I chose for fixing this hole in my husbands jeans:
Then you need to pin the fabric in place. Make sure the fabric covers the ripped part. If the ripped part is in between the legs, it’s important to also cover the seam with the fabric. Be careful to fold the seam in the direction in which it “wants” to fold. This way you can prevent the seam from ripping later.
On my jeans the hole is a bit further from the seam, so I didn’t cover the seam.
Additionally you could use Wondertape to fix your fabric. Wondertape is a kind of tape that vanishes after washing your fabric/clothes.
When pinning the fabric to the jeans be careful not to pin the other side of the leg. It then might happen that you sew both sides of the leg together and you would need to rip everything up again. You can test that by putting your hand in the leg after pinning and checking if anything sticks.
Now the preparation is finished. You can go to your sewing space or unpack your sewing machine and stuff. You’ll need a needle for jeans fabric in your sewing machine. Thread your machine with matching thread for your jeans. I normally use a zig zag stitch for sewing the patch into the jeans as this gives a bit more stability. Then you put your jeans under the needle, so you can start sewing.
Start sewingfrom the outer edge of the fabric. You sew directly from one end to the other, keep the needle in your fabric but lift thefoot of the sewing machine. So you can turn the fabric to be able to sew the next edge. Once done with the outer edges, you start moving inward.
Once you reach the middle of the patch, you’re basically done. It’s important to do those rounds until you reach the middle because otherwise the fabric might fold and hurt you when wear the jeans again. Be careful when sewing so you don’t accidentially stitch together the leg ;-).
If you’d like to, you then can switch the jeans back to normal and stitch over the hole from the top (topstitch). This helps in giving additional stability.