Mending Jeans

Hubs has about worn his blue jeans out. I guess that’s what happens when you wear nothing but blue jeans 7 days a week for a solid year. Normally, he wears khakis to work, but since he now works from home most of the time – it’s blue jeans.

I noticed holes next to the back pockets on his jeans when I was sorting clothes for laundry. You know where the corner of the pocket is sewn to the jeans? Well, I could stick my finger through said holes.

Time to get out the sewing machine.

Supplies needed:
1. Iron on denim patch in similar shade
2. Regular polyester thread in a matching shade
3. Size 90/14 denim needle
4. Regular or narrow presser foot


  1. Trim away loose threads from around the hole.
  2. Cut a piece from the denim patch large enough to cover the hole plus .5″ – 1″ extra all the way around.
  3. Fuse denim piece to wrong side of jeans. Be sure to center patch over the hole. Follow manufacturer’s directions to ensure the patch sticks.
  4. Change needle and thread machine.
  5. From the right side, sew back and forth over patch using a straight stitch until hole is filled in. You could also follow your manual’s directions for machine darning, if you like.

For a rip, follow the same directions, only use a 3 step zigzag stitch to go over the ripped area at least 3x to make sure the edges stay together. Use a straight stitch and go back & forth to fill in any remaining holes.

I found some Coats & Clark jeans thread my local Joann’s. It was a spot-on match for the jeans. Unfortunately, it shredded like crazy, even after changing the needle. I switched to regular C&C thread. Worked like a charm.

My Featherweight actually did a better job of repairing the hole than my big fancy sewing machine. I think the narrow, hinged presser foot made all the difference. A narrow, adjustable zipper foot might also do the trick on machines with a 5-7mm stitch width opening.