Repairing ripped jeans without a visible patch

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Repairing ripped jeans without a visible patch
Ripped jeans look good but so do mended jeans. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

There are several ways to repair ripped jeans without a visible patch. One is easier by machine but can be done by hand. Another is a way of hiding the patch. The most difficult part about the third method is making a choice from hundreds of contenders. A fourth approach echoes a 1970s music movement.

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Darn them

Zedes Sewing Studio recommends darning jeans to repair rips in jeans. Turn the jeans inside out. Cut away the frayed pieces. Cut out a piece of stabilising fabric -- such as cotton organdy or muslin -- to cover the rip. Stick it over the rip with two-sided tape. Turn the jeans the right way out. Use a sewing machine with an embroidery foot and darning or embroidery thread. Cover the area with zig-zag stitches. Darn by hand instead if you prefer.

Patch the back

You can use fabric adhesive to repair some rips in jeans without a visible patch by patching the back of the rip. Turn the jeans inside out. Gather the rip together. Cut out a patch to cover it. Glue the patch in place with fabric glue. Turn the jeans the right way out again. While the glue is still wet, rearrange the ripped area as necessary to hide any remaining traces of the patch. Allow to dry.

Use a sticker

You can repair ripped jeans without a visible patch by putting an iron-on fabric sticker over the rip. Denim is such a fun and funky material it can take a sticker virtually anywhere and still look cool. There are hundreds of stickers to choose from. Gather the rip together and place the iron-on fabric sticker over it. Set the iron to medium temperature and run it over the sticker a few times. This will melt the glue and bond the sticker to the jeans.

Other

You can achieve a retro punk feel -- and repair your jeans -- with safety pins. Simply gather the ripped fabric together and attach safety pins to hold it in place. If the rip gets any bigger, add another safety pin. You can achieve the same effect using pin badges. Cover the area with pin badges and you can simultaneously cover and stabilise the rip while customising your jeans.

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