Learn How to Sew: How to Patch Jeans

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Welcome to the first article in our new series for homemakers: Learn How to Sew! 

With the state of the economy today, most parents are not in the financial position to replace their children’s well-fitting pair of jeans just because of a hole in the knee or in the back pocket. Learning how to patch jeans is a cost effective alternative to replacing worn out threads.

All you will need is:

  • A needle and thread
  • Sewing scissors or pinking shears
  • Permanent fabric glue
  • A piece of material to use for the patch. (You can use a piece of denim material from an old pair of pants or you may purchase a swatch or ready-made patch at a fabric store.)

You’ll want to begin by first mending the hole with a needle and thread. After you decide what shape you want the patch to be (square, star, heart, etc.) trace and cut out the patch from the denim fabric with either fabric scissors or pinking shears. Sewing scissors will ensure an even cut while pinking shears will create a zigzag design around the edges of the patch (a popular choice for trendy little girls).

You will need to decide on look of the finished edge. To create an imperfect look, leave the edges of the patch untouched, which will result in a frayed effect. If you opt for clean seams, turn over the edges two times.

Using a cotton swab, apply fabric glue to the backside of the denim patch. Be sure to apply evenly in the center and around all of the edges. Adhere the patch to the jeans and allow the glue to dry.

It is a good idea to reinforce the patch by adding stitching along the edges. This can be done by hand with a needle and thread or with a sewing machine set on a tight zigzag setting.

Even if there is there are no holes in your children’s clothes, learning how to patch jeans can be a creative way to embellish clothing with the latest trends. By patching your daughter’s jeans with a different color denim and embellishing with various diamonds and rubies, you can recreate the style found in expensive department stores with minimal effort and little cost.

Iron-on superhero transfers can be found in most fabric stores and are a big hit with little boys. After ironing the transfer onto a different shade of denim, apply the patch as directed above. Learning how to patch jeans will save you money while making your children happy!

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