How to Sew a Hole in Your Jeans

How to Sew a Hole in Jeans

If you’ve recently torn your favorite pair of jeans, don’t despair when you can repair! Learn how to mend a hole in jeans with this simple guide.

You work hard and play hard, and so do your clothes. Don’t let a rip or tear get in the way of wearing your jeans. Learn how to repair ripped jeans by applying simple sewing techniques.

Is Repairing Right for You?

You might be wondering if it’s worth the time and energy to mend jeans that have been ripped or torn. If your denim is covered in holes, patching jeans may be a better choice than repairing them by hand. In the worst cases, if your jeans have been through a barbed wire fence and are completely shredded, you may want to consider retiring them from wear and using them for another project. But for most minor rips and tears, sewing a hole in jeans can restore them to good-as-new condition.

With a little prep, sewing jeans by hand is a great skill to learn to get the most out of your jeans. Learning how to sew a rip in jeans by hand will also give you a feel for the kind of sewing skill altering jeans requires, which comes in handy for customizing your denim.

Prepping Your Pants

It’s tempting to continue to wear a pair of ripped jeans, but this will only increase the chance that the rip or tear will get bigger and harder to repair. After the initial tear, wash your jeans so they’re clean. You can place tape around the hole to hold the fabric in place and minimize fraying. Then, gather the materials outlined below to get organized for repairing the rip.

Read on to find out how to sew a hole in jeans so you can wear your favorite pair again and again.

Difficulty Level: Easy to medium

What You’ll Need: Denim, scissors, jeans, pins, thread, fabric

How To:

  1. Turn your jeans inside out and make sure they are lying flat.
  2. Place your fabric scrap over the tear and pin in place.
  3. Turn your jeans right side out and trim the extra threads off the tear. Use medium stitches to sew in place around the tear.
  4. Make smaller stitches going in the other direction across the patched area (these should be in a back-and-forth pattern). Work your stitches across the entire hole until it’s fully covered.
  5. Now, try on your jeans to make sure there are no spots you missed.

Keep sporting your favorite pair now that you’ve learned how to repair holes in jeans. Don’t forget to browse our entire collection of women’s jeans and men’s jeans to find your future denim favorites. Share your favorite look with us on social using the tag #myAriat.