Introduction

Patch your jeans with a reverse applique. This technique is great for holes that have a large chunk of cloth missing. You can cut any shape and use any color fabric for the patch, so long as it is heavy-weight fabric.

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Image 1/3: Measure the damaged area. Image 2/3: In our case it looks to be 2" by 2". Image 3/3: In our case it looks to be 2" by 2".
  • Examine the damage. Clip any long threads, and remove any debris from the hole.

  • Measure the damaged area.

    • In our case it looks to be 2" by 2".

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Image 1/2: Cut out your design. Image 2/2: Cut out your design.
  • Draw any the shape you'd like your patch to be on a piece of paper. Be sure your design is at least 1/8" larger than the damaged area.

  • Cut out your design.

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  • Lay the cutout of your design over the hole in the jeans to make sure that it is the correct size and looks how you want it to.

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  • Using a pencil, pen, or tailor's chalk, trace the design onto the jeans.

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Image 1/3: Be sure to only cut one layer of denim, or you will cut through the back of your jeans and need two patches! Image 2/3: Be sure to only cut one layer of denim, or you will cut through the back of your jeans and need two patches! Image 3/3: Be sure to only cut one layer of denim, or you will cut through the back of your jeans and need two patches!
  • Cut the design out of your jeans.

  • Be sure to only cut one layer of denim, or you will cut through the back of your jeans and need two patches!

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  • Take the scrap of fabric you will use for a patch and insert it into the hole.

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Image 1/2: You may need to remove the sewing machine table for the pant to fit over the sewing machine. Image 2/2: If you are still having trouble getting the pant around the arm of the sewing machine, you can rip the side seam of the pant leg to allow room to sew.
  • Slide the pant leg with the patch over the arm of the sewing machine.

  • You may need to remove the sewing machine table for the pant to fit over the sewing machine.

  • If you are still having trouble getting the pant around the arm of the sewing machine, you can rip the side seam of the pant leg to allow room to sew.

  • Be sure that the pant leg is around the arm, and that you are not accidentally sewing the two layers of the pant leg together.

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Image 1/2: Set the stitch length to just under 1/2. Image 2/2: Set the stitch length to just under 1/2.
  • Adjust the sewing machine for a zig-zag stitch.

  • Set the stitch length to just under 1/2.

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Image 1/2: Be sure that the patch is laying flat. Image 2/2: Lower the pressor foot.
  • Align the edge of the patch with the center of the pressor foot.

  • Be sure that the patch is laying flat.

  • Lower the pressor foot.

  • Begin sewing the zig-zag stitch, following the edge of the hole so that the zig-zag stitch covers the area where the two fabrics meet.

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Image 1/3: Overlap the stitching at the end with the first two or three stitches. Image 2/3: Overlap the stitching at the end with the first two or three stitches. Image 3/3: Overlap the stitching at the end with the first two or three stitches.
  • Sew all the way around the patch.

  • Overlap the stitching at the end with the first two or three stitches.

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Image 1/2: Slide the pant leg off of the arm of the sewing machine. Image 2/2: Clip any threads, and admire your work.
  • Lift the pressor foot and needle.

  • Slide the pant leg off of the arm of the sewing machine.

  • Clip any threads, and admire your work.

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To keep the pattern from entirely fraying or catching on things, it may also help to flip the pants right-side-out and sew again around the pattern edge with the zigzag or a flat stitch.

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