Mend jeans with these decorative patches
Hey y’all, this month I’m going to focus on sustainable sewing, including things like mending existing clothing. Today I’m sharing how to fix ripped jeans with visible mending and patches.
Ever since I shared the image above on Instagram, I’ve been getting requests to show how to do the hand sewing patches I added to these jeans. The machine sewn patches are covered in this post, and today I’m going to share how to sew the Sashiko style patches.
I’ve got a video below that you can watch to see how I stitched on these patches, which you can also watch on YouTube here if it won’t load below or you prefer.
To clarify the geometric stitching pattern I show in the video, I made the diagram below. To start, you sew horizontal lines, two the same and the third alternating the gaps/stitches. This is shown with blue/black stitches. Then you repeat the same pattern with vertical stitches, shown in red/green. The vertical and horizontal stitches combined make the third image.
So mend your jeans – wear them longer, and enjoy the character of jeans mended in layers.