Tuesday, March 20, 2012

how to patch a hole in your jeans

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My goodness, a case of sickness came over our house the last 2 weeks, hence the lack of blogging! But we're on the upswing now. Today I am sharing how I mended a hole in my neighbor's pants. I'm kind of ashamed to admit it, but it took me a couple of weeks to get around to it. For some reason, I just couldn't wrap my head around the process. Would I have to rip out a side seam? I finally got up the nerve to just sit down with my sewing machine and figure it out. So here's what I did.

How to Mend a Hole in Jeans:

1. Cut away all the frayed threads.
 2. My neighbor brought a patch with him. So, you'll have to find a patch from another pair of jeans, or at the fabric store (it can be denim or anything colorful and funky)!
 3. Place the patch under the hole. Match the diagonal pattern of the denim with the jeans and the patch. Pin the patch to the jeans. (Don't pin the bottom layer of the jeans)!
 4. Put the leg of the jeans on your sewing machine. No, I did not have to rip out a side seam! Hooray!
 5. Set your machine to a zig zag stitch. Treat the patch like a rectangle shape. When it comes time to pivot, leave the needle down.
 6. It was a little tricky pivoting all the way around the patch, but it can totally be done! I made good use of the backstitch button, and if I couldn't sew all the way around, I backstitched to where I needed to get. Does that make sense?
 7. Now take the pants off your machine, and turn inside out.
 8. Trim off the excess fabric from the patch.
 9. Ta-da! Almost as good as new. :)
Oh, and here's my neighbor. We love him like family. We have the best neighbors all around us. We are truly blessed!

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12 comments:

  1. This is great! I made a similar post for kids here -http://jamesandleighann.blogspot.com/2011/07/extending-life-of-kid-jeans.html

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  2. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing, I will definitely need to use this in the future with a rough & tough little boy. :)

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  3. What a sweet looking neighbor! My boys had a similar type friend in our old neighbors- make me miss them. Great tutorial- I ripped a a knee in some of my own jeans recently and would actually like to try this with some colorful fabric underneath just for the fun of it! :)

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  4. Glad you all are feeling better!

    Our kids are pretty rough on their pants, so I'm constantly trying to think of interesting ways to patch up holes, rips and tears. I recently did a *puzzle patch* for my sons jeans. You can find it here:

    http://littlekidsgrow.com/?p=673

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing, I am having to call my mama everytime one of the Five needs a patch! You're the best!
    Pinning this one:)
    Hugs,
    Jen @ FrazzledFive

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  6. This is a great tutorial! I always pretend I don't know how to mend my husband's jeans :) Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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  7. Oh, thanks for the tutorial! :) I have a pair of jeans that came with partial holes and over time, the threads broke loose and now there are holes that I don't necessarily want. I would like to patch them with some fun fabric. :)
    I would love for you to share this with my "Unveil Your Genius" Link Party! :)
    http://taylornorris.blogspot.com/2012/03/unveil-your-genius-link-party_22.html

    Happy Friday!

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  8. I'm getting ready to do this! I was going to use a little bit of a different method, but now I think I'm going to try yours!!

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  9. This is a great tutorial!! Stopping by from Sassy Sites@ linky party and your newest follower.

    Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2012/03/vinyl-amp-cover.html

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  10. That's pretty much how I do patching, but my zig zag stitch doesn't do so much zigging or zagging so I just sew the heck out of it. Another blogger actually zig zags the hole first for a clean line, does that to the patch too and then sews them together. Much neater, but considering they are patches I'm more in the way of show 'em!

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  11. neat idea. I tried to sew patches on the elbows of a sweater and it was so hard to turn it around on the machine. I'm impressed you were able to do it on jeans. My daughter has holes in her jeans, but I don't even think I could get them over the leg of the machine because they are so small... Wonder what other ways I could try to patch them???

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  12. With five boys, I'm always patching something! I hope you'll share this at my link party, running now through Saturday night! :)
    http://www.gratefulbelly.com/2012/03/whats-new-wednesday-two-and-give-away.html

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