So this month while we focus on jeans we’re going to be talking not just about how to sew brand new jeans, but also how to mend and alter jeans you may already own. I’m kicking this off by showing you how I patch jeans – with a method that avoids having to maneuver inside a denim well with your sewing machine while you try to patch a knee.
If your kids are anything like mine, just about all jeans start looking like this.
And poor Bean bears the brunt of this – I like to hand down clothes (for example, recognize the Hipster Henley he’s wearing in these photos?) but by the time jeans get to him, Tater’s talented self has distressed them to be the envy of Abercrombie fans everywhere. (side note: is distressing jeans a job he could actually get? He’s really highly qualified).
So here’s what I do to both patch the knees and – bonus! – lengthen the pants. Since both my boys tend to grow faster than they grow out, lengthening smaller pants is also useful.
Start by cutting out the knee area of the pants – on both legs.
Use the cut out knee area as a guide to cut out new fabric for the knees, adding in seam allowances and any extra length you’d like. As long as I’m going to the trouble of patching, I also use a double thickness of fabric for the patches – might as well reinforce. Sew your new fabric into a tube, and pin around.
This is easiest to sew with your needle inside the tube. (PS – like Daily Sewing Tips? Follow me on Instagram – I try to post them, well, daily)
Pin the bottom part of the jeans to the patch, and sew again. And voila! No holes and a cool pattern to boot.
Perfect for running around.