Mending a hole or tear in denimJun 17th, 2010
Margaret Chandler, a professional seamstress and a member of our meetup.com group, led a session on patching holes in denim garments, on “skinny-fying” jeans, and on hemming jeans.
To patch a hole/tear in denim:
- Cut a patch piece larger than the hole to be patched. Allow for about 1″ margin on each side; you can trim it to size later.
- Pin patch piece to inside of hole, facing out (right side of patch to wrong side of jeans).
With wrong side up, stitch around perimeter of patch piece. (Note that a gray or sage green thread blends better with lighter denims than blue thread.) Pink edge of patch piece with pinking shears close to stitching line, or serge the edge.
With right side up, stitch straight lines in zig zag pattern over hole, then turn garment 90 ° and again, stitch straight lines in zig zag pattern.
Finished patch, inside:
Finished patch, outside: