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How to mend jeans by hand without a patch

How to mend jeans by hand without a patch

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See how to mend jeans by hand without a patch with this simple hand sewing mending tutorial!

how to mend jeans by hand

Visible mending has been popular for a few years now, and I love it. Our family doesn’t actually wear jeans very often, so I admit I was a little excited when my husband ripped this pair! I have a super easy tutorial for how to mend jeans by hand without a patch on top, including a downloadable pattern for that fun little moon. This has been washed, dried, and worn; I’ll update in a few years as to longevity but for now it looks great! Can you see the extra denim peeking out the front of the hole? Keep reading to see what the backside looks like!

hand sewing mending

All super simple stitches, anyone can do this. As you can see, even with the pattern to follow, my stitches aren’t perfect as our two dogs jump over me and my two kids jostle my arm as they investigate what I’m making. It’s fine! It can be beautiful without being perfect. Eagle eyed, long-time followers will spot the similarity to the patch I put on this overall refashion, with a few tweaks!

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visible mending pdf pattern

What do you think, do you like the stitching over top with a pattern instead of the more traditional geometric lines? I have more ideas after making this one, now I need to thrift some more jeans that need mending!

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jeans mending embroidery pattern

How to mend jeans by hand without a patch

Supplies

Steps

I’m going to write this tutorial that you could use with any stitching design on top, or you can use mine!

step one patching

Step 1– Cut a denim scrap out with pinking shears that is a little larger than your planned embroidery design, making sure it fits over the hole itself and isn’t so long it’s going over seams, etc. unless you want it to. Trim any shaggy thread hanging down around the hole.

basting stitch patch step

Step 2– Roughly hand baste the square behind the hole, making sure to flip it and see that you didn’t miss anything. It should go behind the hole with some extra edge around all sides.

moon mending pattern

Step 3– You can now sketch a stitching design over top; or use Fabri-Solvy™  (more in this post) like I did! If using that, cut roughly around the pattern and stick it on.

simple stitching mending

Step 4– Time to stitch! I knotted my thread and then came up in between my scrap denim patch and the top jeans layer, so the knot was hidden.

hand stitching stars

Step 5– Stitch the entire pattern, using whatever stitches you see fit!

wash away stabilizer

Step 6– Trim off the excess stabilizer, clip the basting stitches out, and then use warm water to wash it away, setting out to dry.

back of jeans mend looks like

Step 7– Flip the jeans inside out and use the pinking shears to trim carefully around the edges if desired, and you’re done!

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Kathleen

Friday 3rd of June 2022

Love this design. Is it hard to stitch from the top? It doesn't look like you use a hoop or open up the side seam of the jeans leg at all.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Saturday 4th of June 2022

Hey Kathleen, thanks!! Nope, not hard at all! this was on a pretty wide-leg pair of men's jeans so it was no issue not opening a side seam!. With stiff denim I don't tend to use a hoop because I'm lazy and it seems to work out fine without.

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