How Can I Fix My Ripped Jeans?

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How Can I Fix My Ripped Jeans?
Fix your ripped jeans. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Jeans will often be rigid and uncomfortable until you have broken them in by wearing them. A pair of jeans toward the end of its life will often be as soft as a pair of pajama trousers. Unfortunately, an old pair of jeans is also very delicate, and a rip in the jeans will mean the end of the trousers unless you can patch them. Although it is less work to go out and buy a new pair, mending your jeans will save you a lot of money and also prolong the use of your most comfortable pair of trousers.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Denim patch
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing machine

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  1. 1

    Cut a denim patch to match the size and shape of the tear in your jeans using a pair of scissors. The cut patch should be at least a few centimetres wider and longer than the tear in your jeans.

  2. 2

    Turn your jeans inside out and place the patch over the inside of the tear. Place sewing pins along the edge of the patch to keep it in place.

  3. 3

    Sew the patch in place on the jeans using a sewing machine. Sew a row of stitches along the edge of the patch. Remove the sewing pins. Sew a zigzag stitching pattern along the patch to secure it firmly in place.

  4. 4

    Turn the jeans right-side out. Sew a zigzag pattern over the outside of the tear to close it and to further secure the patch to the jeans.

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