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How to Save those Favorite Jeans When They Start to become Threadbare without Sewing

Updated on April 21, 2012

Repair Those Favorite Jeans

My favorite jeans getting close to a hole
My favorite jeans getting close to a hole | Source

How I Saved My Threadbare Jeans

The pairs of jeans that I wear all the time because they fit perfectly and they are light weight and comfy. I sat down one day and realized they were starting to get a little too worn in the inner thigh area. Before I put the jeans away for good I thought about how I could save them. When i was a kid I remember my mom and I sewing cute patches onto the knees to get a little more wear out of them. This was going to work for my butt issue. No one was going to put a patch near the crotch of the jeans - that would look horrible. The fabric was getting soft and if you held it up to the light you could see through them, not a good sign if I kept wearing them this way someone was going to see some underwear soon.

I was determined to save the jeans for a little longer since the store I bought them from no longer carries my favorite style.

I went to my local sewing store and found the iron on patches that in no way match the color of my jean but were denim.The came in a few different shades, color, and sizes. I grabbed a multi- pack of patches for about $3.

I got home and pin pointed the area on my jeans that needed the patches. I needed two patches in order to patch each leg of the jeans. Instead of ironing the patches on to the outside of the jeans where they would be seen, I ironed the patch on to the inside of the pants in the places that were becoming threadbare. All it took was the iron on patches and a hot iron.

Now the jeans still look great and those areas that were becoming threadbare have an extra layer of protection. You can not see the patches at all when I wear them and I can wear my favorite jeans for at least another year. I have washed them a few times since the application and they are holding up well.

Saving my favorite Jeans

Ironing on the patch to the inside of the threadbare area
Ironing on the patch to the inside of the threadbare area
Patch on and Ready to Go
Patch on and Ready to Go


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    • Vellur profile image

      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Great idea. After the patches are ironed the jeans can go the extra mile.

    • kthix10 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from IL

      No I haven't noticed it at all, the pair of jean I used were not a pair of skinny jeans or terribly tight - they were a pair of 1969 Gap Curvy Bootcut jeans which is a lightweight jean to begin with.

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      6 years ago

      Wouldn't that rub your leg though? Those patches have raw edges


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