3 Ways to Mend Holes in the little boys’ blue jeans
The little boys are always naughty. They are always getting holes in their jeans, especially in the knee area. One way to deal with holes in jeans is to just cut them off above the knee and turn them into shorts. However, a boy can only have so many pairs of jean shorts. With it still being winter, shorts aren’t practical right now. So, what’s a mom to do?
Mend holes for the jeans!
Today I will share 3 ways that you can mend holes for a pair of jeans that have holes in them. Even if you are thinking, “I don’t know how to sew.” I would encourage you to scroll down and check out these ideas because not all of them require the use of a sewing machine.
1. Iron-On Patches
You can easily purchase iron-on patches for jeans which can be cut to size. However, you can also make your own.
a. Measure the size of your hole. Cut a piece of jean fabric that is at least 1/2 inch larger than the hole. (Old jeans that are beyond repair are an excellent source of patch fabric.)
b. Cut a piece of Heat n Bond that is just slightly larger than the patch. Use Heat n Bond Ultrahold for this project as it is heavy duty and requires no sewing.
c. Iron the Heat n Bond to the patch for 2 seconds. Once cool, pull away from the paper backing and trim any excess Heat n Bond.
Please note that if you use an iron-on patch you may find that the corners may peel with repeated use or washing. Therefore, I recommend this method on small holes only. Optionally, you can hand sew the patch on before ironing it to the jeans. Just pin the patch over the hole, then use a needle and thread to stitch it down, and then follow the next step.
2. Hand Sewing
Hand sewing a hole or rip in a pair of jeans is something I recommend only if the tear isn’t very wide. The use of a blind stitch makes the hole disappear and the stitches “invisible”.
a. Begin by cutting away some of the threads around the hole. Don’t cut the actual fabric, just the frayed parts.
b. The stitch needed to sew an invisible seam is a vertical blind stitch. Start 1/2 inch from the right edge of the hole and insert your needle from the inside of the jeans up through the top.
c. You will make stitches that are vertical and that go across the hole from top to bottom. Make several small stitches and gradually make them bigger until they are the height of the hole. After a few stitches pull the thread taught and your stitches will become invisible.
Once you pass the hole go past it to the left 1/2 inch, gradually making your stitches smaller. Remember to pull the thread in order to make your stitches invisible. Tie off your thread and cut close to the jeans.
3. Sewing Patches (2 Methods)
This method of sewing on a patch requires the fabric to be folded under and stitched on using a straight stitch on a sewing machine.
a. Cut a piece of blue jean fabric (or fabric of your choice) larger than the hole. Iron the edges to the wrong side 1/4 inch all around.
b. Using a seam ripper, open the INNER seam of the jeans approximately 4 inches above and below the hole. This will be much easier than trying to sew the patch on with the jeans as is. Pin the patch in place.
c. Using a straight stitch, sew the patch to the jeans using a 1/8 inch seam allowance. Take care to keep the jeans out of the way underneath where you are stitching. Backstitch at the end. Stitch the side of the jeans back together (Turn the jeans inside out first.).
This method of sewing on a patch uses a satin stitch on a sewing machine.
a. Cut a piece of blue jean fabric (or fabric of your choice) larger than the hole (The patches pictured above were 3 inches by 3 3/4 inches). Round off the corners with a pair of scissors.
b. Using a seam ripper, open the INNER seam of the jeans approximately 4 inches above and below the hole. This will be much easier than trying to sew the patch on with the jeans as is. Pin the patch over the hole, centered on the jeans.
c. Using a tight satin stitch (Zig-zag stitch set to a wide width and a narrow length), sew around the entire patch. Backstitch at the end. Stitch the side of the jeans back together (Turn the jeans inside out first.).
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