Jeans have been a staple item in the wardrobes of people around the world for decades. Although denim has been used to make jeans for over one hundred years, the style, cut, and colour of jeans has changed numerous times over the years. These days, the distressed look is in and can include strategically placed rips and holes. However, a hole in the wrong spot can quickly turn your favourite pair of jeans into an embarrassment. Many people choose to apply patches or appliques to holes, but holes near pockets can be more challenging to fix. The best way to patch a hole near the pocket of your jeans is with a needle and thread.
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Things you need
- Large-eyed needle
- Strong thread
- Water soluble stabiliser
Cut a piece of water soluble stabiliser that's bigger than the hole you're trying to repair.
Turn jeans inside out and pull the sides of the hole together. Pin the stabiliser piece over the hole so it is covered completely and the gap caused by the hole is closed. The stabiliser will help support the fabric and thread while you are making your repair.
Thread the needle and tie a knot in the end of the thread (the thread should be doubled up when you pull it through the fabric).
Sew across the hole to close it. Begin sewing before the hole begins and include a few stitches past the end of the hole to make sure it stays closed. Knot the thread several times while you are sewing so your stitches do not come out.
Place the patched part of the jeans under a faucet, and let cold water run over it to remove the stabiliser. Continue watering until the area is soaked. Water soluble stabiliser may bubble a little under water.
Allow jeans to dry.
Remove the pins from the jeans.
Tips and warnings
- Sulky is one type of water soluble stabiliser that can be used to repair holes in jeans. It's sold at most craft or sewing stores. Be sure to choose a stabiliser that is recommended for use with heavy-weight fabrics.
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