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How to Fix a Torn Pocket on Suit Pants

Learn how to fix a torn pocket on suit pants. Suit pants often rip at the base of the pocket opening due to stress and it’s easy to repair!

One of the most common tears on a pair of men’s suit pants is when they rip right under the front pocket. The pockets always get caught on doorknobs, desks, chairs, and tables. The pockets can be weakened by large wallets and heavy keys.

All you need is to mend the hole and resew the seam!

Torn Pocket Mend Tutorial

No worries, I have an easy mend for you today. This is one of my favorite fixes. Many times while thrifting, I see a nice pair of donated pants and the only problem is this little tear!

Sometimes when you mend this pocket tear you need to also do some actual mending for ripped fabric.

When you look inside, it’s hard to figure out what to do because the seam allowances are usually covered up like this.

Torn Pocket Mend Tutorial

How to Fix a Torn Pocket on Suit Pants

Unpick the pocket lining that extends past the seam line. Sometimes there isn’t an extra piece on the pants side, but you would still have to unpick the pocket from the seam allowances.

Check if there are any holes to mend. Mend the holes.

Now that you can see the seam allowances, just line them up. Make sure you line up all the seam allowances. There is a piece of the pocket between the seam allowances that you need to line up.

Torn Pocket Mend Tutorial

Sew backstitching when you start and end.

Torn Pocket Mend Tutorial

Check if you caught everything. I didn’t so I unpicked it and sewed it again. Sometimes it takes a couple times to get it right.

Torn Pocket Mend Tutorial
Torn Pocket Mend Tutorial

Line up the lining pieces. Pinch together and sew the hole closed.

Torn Pocket Mend Tutorial
Torn Pocket Mend Tutorial

Try to match the color of the thread with the color of the suit pants.

Torn Pocket Mend Tutorial

Yay, for easy fixes that extend the life of clothing. Once you know how to do this it takes about fifteen minutes to fix, and it’s like getting a whole new pair of pants.

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!

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Oh thanks Heather! I have Josh's suit pants sitting on my machine (the ones he realized were ripped at your place!). Now I know what to do! Thanks!