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How To Patch Blue Jean Holes

Updated on March 18, 2017

Sewing Down The Right Way

Sewing thread is the most common way to patch holes in blue jeans. It will be easy to match the thread.
Sewing thread is the most common way to patch holes in blue jeans. It will be easy to match the thread. | Source
A good, strong pair of scissors are important when cutting material. If you use dull scissors you may rip the fabric.
A good, strong pair of scissors are important when cutting material. If you use dull scissors you may rip the fabric. | Source
Measuring tape is a handy thing to have around when working with fabrics. You may need to measure the hole.
Measuring tape is a handy thing to have around when working with fabrics. You may need to measure the hole. | Source

Sew It or Iron It? That is the question.....

Iron on patches are a great way to make your jeans look as if they have no hole, where the hole is. This can be done without actually having to sew. I am not the best at patching up holes by sewing them so, I thought I would try the patches. Now, from my past experiences with iron on patches, is that they do not work well over very large holes in blue jeans. Smaller holes tend to work better and the patch tends to stay on longer. You will need to match the correct color and size patch to fit the hole that you are trying to repair. If your hole is very large you might be able to sew a piece of denim material or a couple of patches together and then patch the desired area. The possibilities are endless.

Sewing on the patches on the other hand, make the patch stay on the fabric more readily. Sometimes, if you just use the iron on patches, they don't always stay in place.

Not having a lot of experience with sewing, sometimes my patches leave something to be desired. I did learn the hard way, I have to admit that I was sewing the patch from the front. This looked quite tacky and the patch didn't stay on long before the corners of the patch started to roll up and look hideous. The way that patches should be sewn on jeans is that the area that needs to be patched is to turn the blue jean leg inside out. Say you are having to put a patch on the pants leg. The leg of the blue jeans is turned inside out and the patch is sewn from the inside of the jeans. The patch will look almost seamless. Just remember to have patience and take your time to avoid careless mistakes when patching up your clothing article. I say this from experience, and taking a lot of unnecessary time and energy to cover up the hole. Always take your time and if you need extra assistance ask your mom, grandmother or a person who has experience with sewing and patching garments. It is okay, I have learned that sewing takes some patience, some skill, willingness to learn and time. I am not saying that I do not have these but, some of my skills need to be worked on to say the least.

If you have any secrets or ideas on patching holes in clothing please share them with me in the comments capsule located at the bottom of this hub.

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Materials Needed

With crafting supplies you can spend as much or as little money as you want to. I have learned that with most products, you get what you pay for. So, maybe you do not want to buy the cheapest item but, not the most expensive in that particular item. Maybe, you might consider buying the middle priced item.

A good pair of scissors. This is something that you don't have to go pay $100 for or anything like that but, I do not want you to go spend $5 either and come out of the store with nothing. Scissors need to be sharp, if they are not sharp and in good working order, you increase the chances that you have to cut yourself. Do not be fooled, there are good pairs of scissors that are manufactured and then there are scissors that cut through material like butter. You need very sharp scissors made specifically for cutting fabric.

Some materials that are needed are the following:

A measuring tape is good to have on hand and they does not cost very much. Maybe a $1.00 or just a bit more.

Spending a few dollars will buy you a kit with needles, different colors of thread, usually a thimble, a threader and sometimes a measuring tape.

Straight pins: I always use straight pins to hold the patch in it's proper place until I get the patch sewn on with the machine. Sometimes, I will get the machine right up on the needles and the material of the jeans be so thin I would have to adjust the way I was sewing the jeans.


Ready to Begin:

The item of clothing that needs patching. This could also be khaki pants, khaki shorts or any clothing made of jean material such as blue jean jackets.

Enough patches to repair the area. Depending on the size of the area to be repaired, you might be able to cut the patch in half and save the other half for another project.

Matching thread for the sewing machine depending on if you are sewing khakis or blue jeans. Of course, you will want to keep the color as close to the original as possible when patching up pants of any kind. A patch is a great way to make your jeans last longer.

Needles for the sewing machine. Extra needles are good to have on hand, for the sewing machine, in case a needle breaks for some reason. Also, needles tend to get dull and having replacements solves the issue. (Now, with my little amount of sewing, not likely to EVER happen!)

Good light to work in. This will simply make your sewing more enjoyable. I have found that I am a lot less aggravated and enjoy sewing a lot more, if I have adequate light. Always have a well lit area with plenty of room, little to no noise and little no distractions. (Like I said, I am not very good). I am trying. :)

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