Denim Tutorials Pt. 2: Patching in Style

Written By Aly Reinert, Edited by Aurora Hinz

As we all know, people are willing to pay a pretty penny for jeans that look like they’ve been through World War II. Technically speaking, stylistic tears, chewed up or fringed hems, and creative patchwork is a must these days in the world of denim. At our do + brew event, I taught all three of these techniques! So in case you missed it, I will be sharing them all with you today. Don't forget to check out my previous article all about

There are many ways to patch a hole on your jeans using different types of stitching. You can either patch on top of or underneath the hole and can use a piece of denim or an entirely new fabric for a new look.

Here's what you'll need: 

  • Your Jeans (or Jacket)
  • Safety Pins
  • Embroidery or Regular Sewing Needle
  • Embroidery Floss or Heavy Duty/Multipurpose Thread
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Fray Check
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Patching Underneath #1: This technique is great for a basic underneath patch repair. You can use another piece of denim or a different fun fabric for the patch. You can also have your own variation by using plain blue thread or a colored embroidery floss for a more stylistic look. I used red so you can see what is happening through each step.

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Step 1:

Cut a denim or other fabric square large enough to cover the hole.

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Step 2:

Pin the square patch to the back side of the hole using safety pins so that the hole is completely covered from the front.

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Step 3:

Start by creating a knot in the back and pull it through the inside of the hole. Continue by piercing through the outside around the hole and coming back up through the inside of the hole.

Continue all around and knot at the end.

 

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Step 4: 

From the back, cut down the edges of the square patch.

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Step 5:

Apply Fray Check around the edge of the patch from the back and around the back of the stitching.

 

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Patching Underneath #2: This technique is much like the first tutorial but is good if you want to keep the authentic look of the tear.

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Step 1: 

Cut a denim or other fabric square large enough to cover the hole.

 

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Step 2: 

From the front, peel back and pin the naturally frayed areas so that all the frays are out of the middle of the hole.

 

Step 3: 

Pin the patch to the back of the denim using safety pins so the hole is completely covered from the front.

 

Step 4: 

Start by creating a knot in the back and pull it through the inside of the hole from the front. Continue by piercing through peeled back area and coming back up through the inside of the hole. Continue all around and knot at the end.

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Step 5: 

From the back, cut down the edges of the patch.

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Step 6: 

Apply Fray Check around the edge of the patch from the back and around the back of the stitching.