Introduction

Patch jeans with a sew-on patch. This technique is also applicable for adding patches to bags, bandanas, and boy-scout uniforms. Patches can also be sewn on by hand.

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Image 1/2: Grab a trendy patch. Image 2/2: Grab a trendy patch.
  • Examine the damage. Clip any loose threads and remove any debris from the tear.

  • Grab a trendy patch.

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Image 1/2: Any patch you use should overlap the damage by at least 1/8". Image 2/2: Any patch you use should overlap the damage by at least 1/8".
  • Position the patch over the hole.

  • Any patch you use should overlap the damage by at least 1/8".

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Image 1/3: Be sure to only pin the patch to one layer of denim, or you will sew the pants shut. Image 2/3: Be sure to only pin the patch to one layer of denim, or you will sew the pants shut. Image 3/3: Be sure to only pin the patch to one layer of denim, or you will sew the pants shut.
  • Pin the patch to the jeans.

  • Be sure to only pin the patch to one layer of denim, or you will sew the pants shut.

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Image 1/3: Be sure you only have one layer of the jeans between the needle and the sewing machine arm, or you will sew the pants shut. Image 2/3: Be sure you only have one layer of the jeans between the needle and the sewing machine arm, or you will sew the pants shut. Image 3/3: Be sure you only have one layer of the jeans between the needle and the sewing machine arm, or you will sew the pants shut.
  • Slide the jeans into the sewing machine, positioning the needle over the edge of the patch.

  • Be sure you only have one layer of the jeans between the needle and the sewing machine arm, or you will sew the pants shut.

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Image 1/2: Sew along the edge of the patch. Image 2/2: Remove the pins before you get to them.
  • Lower the pressor foot.

  • Sew along the edge of the patch.

  • Remove the pins before you get to them.

  • Sewing over a pin can bend or break the needle.

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  • Continue sewing around the patch, lifting the pressor foot to turn at corners of the patch.

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Image 1/3: Lift the needle and pressor foot. Image 2/3: Slide the jeans out of the sewing machine. Image 3/3: Clip any threads, and admire your work.
  • When you come all the way around, overlap the first two or three stitches.

  • Lift the needle and pressor foot.

  • Slide the jeans out of the sewing machine.

  • Clip any threads, and admire your work.

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