How to Sew on a Patch on Jeans(the easy way)

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You probably have that pair of your favorite jeans, that is worn out after much wear and tear and you are not sure what to do with it to restore it back to a wearable state. Well, don’t fret about it.

This article will guide you on how to incorporate patches on jeans whether worn out or just as an additional fashion statement.

If you are not sure how to go about it then make use of numerous videos on YouTube.

You will need;

  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Matching thread
  • Iron
  • Ironing board (optional)

To get a more natural effect, use matching thread and fabric hence reinforcing the jeans for durability. Whether you are covering up a hole or creating a fashion statement, the process doesn’t have to be complicated.

How to cover up a hole in jeans

  1. Get a patch that matches the particular fabric. If you can’t afford a store bought patch, make use of scrap fabric not in use that closely resembles the jeans. This will ensure that the patch won’t stand out from the rest of the fabric. The quality of the material should also match to avoid creating tension on the existing fabric.
  2. Cut out or snip the frayed edges. This applies to torn jeans. It is an important step since frayed edges make the hole on the jeans look smaller than it really is. It will also ensure that they don’t get in the way while sewing.
  3. Measure the Hole on the Jeans. Place the jeans on an ironing board or flat surface and place the patch on top. The patch should be larger than the hole by a few inches to ensure there is allowance when sewing. You should consider other weak areas surrounding the torn section and if possible, extend the patch to cover them. The shape of both the hole and the patch should be the same.
  4. Turn the Jeans inside out. The jeans should be inside out before sewing to hide away the edges of the patch.
  5. Pin the Patch on the Jeans. With the jeans on a flat surface, pin the patch onto the surrounding the hole. You should ensure there are no spaces or bumps left between the jeans and the patch. This will create a clean finished look. Make of use of fabric glue, tape or pins as needed.
  6. Sew the Hole. You can use a sewing machine if you have one or sew by hand though it’s time consuming and may not produce precise patchwork. For both methods, choose a thread that has the same color or easily blends with the fabric. Bearing in mind the thickness of the patch and jeans. Go ahead and make as many stitches as possible because the more the stitches, the less noticeable the patch.
  7. Sew around the Edges. Once satisfied with the outcome, sew a straight stitch whether with a machine by hand all around the patch to secure it. Trim off any extra thread and enjoy your jeans for a few more years.

How to sew on a decorative patch

When it comes to sewing a decorative patch on your jeans, the process differs slightly from covering up a hole. The steps are;

  1. Decide on the specific Place. This is very important since not areas on your jeans provide the same visibility. Placement of the embellishment will be determined by the message you want to put across. Once you identify where you want it placed, ensure the item is right side up.
  2. Pin or Secure the Patch onto the Jeans. You can use washable glue or pins to secure the patch in place. This will ensure the patch does not move about when being stitched on the fabric hence a quicker and cleaner patchwork.
  3. Use a Heavy Duty Needle. This applies to whether you are hand sewing or using a machine. The fabric tends to be thicker when the patch is sewn on top of the fabric.
  4. Sew a Zigzag Stitch. For decorative patch, use zigzag stitches whether by hand or machine to achieve the desired effect. This ensures the thread goes through and over the patch to produce bold and thick lines. For machine sewing, reduce the width and length of the stitch to the narrowest on your machine.
  5. Sew Around the Edges. The zigzag stitch with a machine is quick and precise and produces clean patchwork unlike hand sewing which requires a lot of time and does not guarantee the best outcome. Take your time to ensure the stitch goes round the edge of the patch.

Bottom line

You don’t have to throw away that old, ripped pair of jeans. With patches, you will end up refurbishing it and if not torn, an embellishment that describes your fashion statement will make you stand out. You can also be bold enough and incorporate special fabric patches like sequin and appliqued.

About the Author SMC

We're a husband and wife team of craft enthusiasts! Mostly we love working with different kinds of fabrics - in fact, you'll be hard pressed to find a store-bought piece of clothing in our home. Most of the stuff we enjoy making by hand!

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