Simple Denim Repair with Visible Mending

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How to Repair Denim with Simple Underside Patches

This type of mending will work for both small and large holes. It's a simple and fast way to patch jeans with denim patches and hand stitching. 

Cut the fluff

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By trimming off those fluffy frays, it's much easier to keep a clean mended edge, and to stop your stitches from getting tangled in the fray. 

Position the patch on the inside of the jean leg

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Cut a patch of denim that is 3/4" larger than the hole, and pin it in place. 

Make small snips around the hole

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Cut small snips every 1/4", about 1/4" deep, perpendicular to the edge of the hole. 

Tuck the edges under

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Go around the hole, tucking the flap you made with the snips under. Pin in place. This creates a smooth edge. 

Now to stitch

Begin with your needle on the underside of the patch. Stitch through the patch and the 2 layers of the folded under edge. After pulling the needle all the way through, re-insert the needle through the patch, and at an angle, and bring the needle back up through the folded layers. 

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Continue stitching around, securing the fold as you stitch along. 

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And before you know it, all finished! Knot, or weave your thread end into the stitches. 

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Vary it up

Make your stitches a little more visible by stitching farther away from the edge. 

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Another variation that I like to use, is to stitch lines radiating away from the patched hole. 

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If you like the look of mended circles, here's another tutorial you might like:


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  • Gwen Austen on

    Fabulous! Love your work!

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