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How to Mend a Hole in Jeans

Learn how to mend a hole in jeans. It’s common for jeans to get holes in the knees, so this is a strong way to close the hole and it’s almost invisible.

I used to work at a tailor shop and we mended holes in jeans all the time. It was a really common fix. You don’t have to pay someone to mend your jeans since it’s easy to do it yourself!

This sewing technique is the way I learned while working, and itt is the strongest way to mend a hole. It isn’t completely invisible, but it’s really close depending on the thread you use.

how to mend a hole in jeans

If you don’t mind having a weaker mend and you don’t want the stitching to show, you can also put fabric behind a hole without any visible mending or do a really fun big zigzag contrast stitch for a unique look.

It’s important to have jeans that are the right length, so you can also learn how to hem jeans with the original hem.

strong mend hole knee

My kids always put holes in their knees first. If it’s close enough to spring I let them have holes in their jeans, and then eventually cut them into shorts.

Since it’s the middle of winter, my son needed a bunch of holes mended to keep his knees warm in the snow! Learn how to sew on a patch to cover holes or to add an embroidered patch for details.

how to mend a hole in jeans

How to Mend a Hole in Jeans


mend hole jeans supplies

Cut a piece of thick fabric the shape of the hole and 1 inch wider on all sides. Make sure the fabric is similar in color. Round off the edges and finish them with a zigzag or a serger.

Open the side seam of the pants right where the hole is with a seam ripper. Don’t open a seam with topstitching.

open side seam and cut patch

When I am choosing thread I place a bunch of threads across the area I’m going to mend. Then I half close my eyes and look through my lashes. The thread that “disappears” the most is the thread that I choose.

find matching thread

Cut out a piece of double sided fusible adhesive a little bit smaller than the fabric piece.

Iron them together. Make sure that you iron the double sided fusible adhesive to the RIGHT side of the fabric. The side with the adhesive will be what shows through the hole.

fuse adhesive to patch

Peel of the paper backing.

Iron it onto the pants centering the patch over the hole.

fuse and pin patch on

If you want extra strength leave the white threads on. If you want the mending to be more invisible trim all of the white threads off.

For this example I left the threads on.

check threads

Next, from the inside sew 1/8 inch all around the patch. This is what I call a perimeter stitch. Use thread that matches the fabric.

Now from the outside sew forwards and backwards across the hole. I like the follow the diagonal direction of the twill weave so that the stitching blends in better.

mending sewing machine

The back will look like a bunch of stitching.

Sew the side seam closed and finish the raw edges with a zigzag stitch or a serger.

mending stitches

If you make something using this pattern, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

how to mend a hole in jeans

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I love this! I’m so tired of seeing people wearing jeans with holes in them. In the 70’s we just put beautiful fabric/patches over holes and covered jeans with embroidery. We were so cool.

Re: the bobbin thread, It's not lazy it's resourceful! Only discovered you blog recently and I'm really glad I did. Thanks for all the wonderful things you share, it's very inspirational!

This would have been handy when I had boys around! BUT you never know…I might get really rowdy one day and need this skill too! 😉

I thought of you & your kitchen when I saw this post this am:Lemon Wreath
Have a great weekend!

wow, thank you so much for posting this!! Seriously I had mended some of my son's pants and he tore them again, I'm so glad I didn't throw them away, now I can mend them again during the spring following this tutorial. Thank you Heather!