How to Patch Holes in Jeans With Iron

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How to Patch Holes in Jeans With Iron
These jeans are not yet ready for the trash. (Jeans image by Francis Bourgouin from

Just because your favourite pair of jeans has developed a hole doesn't mean that it's time to get rid of your jeans. With the help of an iron and an iron-on patch, you can mend your jeans in minutes. If you select the right denim patch and adhere it correctly to the inside of your jeans, the mend will barely be noticeable.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cotton press cloth
  • Denim and fabric adhesive, or denim patch

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    Purchase an iron-on denim patch from a sewing store in the same colour as your jeans. You can also find a wider selection of patches online;, for example, produces and sells iron-on patches for trendier denim style made from reused jeans. Alternatively, you can purchase an ironable fabric adhesive, such as Wonder Under, and make your own matching, iron-on jean patch.

    How to Patch Holes in Jeans With Iron
    Try to match the colour and texture of your jeans as best you can. (denim background image by Alison Bowden from
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    Set your iron to high for cotton jeans. Or, if your jeans are not 100 per cent cotton, set the iron to the temperature instructed on the label of the jeans.

    How to Patch Holes in Jeans With Iron
    An iron will melt the glue on your patch. (iron image by Robert Grzywaczewski from
  3. 3

    Turn your jeans inside out.

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    Cut the patch into a circular shape to prevent the corners from peeling up with wear.

  5. 5

    Cover the area of the jeans to be patched with a cotton press cloth.

  6. 6

    Set the iron on the press cloth for about eight seconds to preheat the jeans.

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    Place the patch over the hole in your jeans while they are still inside-out. Make sure the adhesive side of the patch is pressed against the jeans.

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    Hold the iron to the patch and jeans, being careful not to scorch the fabric, for the time indicated on the patch or adhesive packaging.

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    Lift the iron and let the patch set for five minutes.

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    Turn the jeans right-side-out and iron the patched area again as instructed.

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    Lift the iron and let the patch set for five more minutes.

Tips and warnings

  • If the patch begins to peel at a later date, simply iron it down.
  • Bring your jeans to the sewing store so you can best match the patch to your jeans.
  • Do not wash or dry the patched jeans on high heat or the glue holding the patch in place will melt and the patch will begin to peel.
  • Always use caution when using a hot iron, and unplug it when finished.

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