In our house, there’s no shortage of clothing that needs mended. Between busy little boys and a hard working Hubby, it seems that holes in pants are one of my most common mending projects. Hubby’s pants are bigger, making it a lot easier for me to just turn pants inside out and patch, but my children’s clothing and my own are another story entirely. In order to mend a hole in a pair of jeans, the seam has to be taken out on the leg. I’d put off doing my boys’ jeans for a long time simply because it seemed like a more difficult than normal repair. I’m so glad I was wrong about how hard it is to mend ripped jeans!
How to Mend Ripped Jeans
Before any mending can be done, may need to rip out the seam on the leg of the pants you are trying to fix. Don’t fret; it looks harder than it really is. Using a seam ripper, slide down the seam of the pants, allowing the thread to rip apart along the way. I find it easier to break the seam from the outside of the pants, vice the inside where the seam is serged shut.
Once your seam is open, flip the jeans inside out and pin on a patch, ensuring it’s large enough to cover the entire hole. If you don’t have any patches on hand, that’s ok! Just reach for a scrap of denim or another durable fabric and trim it to a size just slightly larger than the hole. For this particular repair, I cut out a patch from a pair of very well loved corduroy pants in my rag pile. Once you’ve got your patch, pin it to the backside of the hole. I know, I know – pinning goes against the “Lazy Seamstress” technique I’ve talked about before, but in this case I found it necessary to use the pins so the patch stayed in one spot! If you’re dealing with a simple, straight tear, you don’t even need a patch. You can skip ahead to my zig-zag stitch mending technique.
Once done, this inside of your pants will look something like this. If matching is important to you, be sure to use a coordinating thread when sewing the patch on. This is a pair of my son’s work pants, so I’m more concerned with patching than matching!
Before you turn your pants right side out, be sure to stitch up the seam that you took apart earlier. It’s a lot easier to do than you might think. Just line it up as best you can and sew a straight stitch along the crease where the seam was previously sewn shut. If you have a serger, you can use that to secure the seam, though it isn’t necessary. I was too lazy to drag mine out and just used my sewing machine since it was quicker.
Do you have any pants mending tips or questions? Let me know in the comments!