Denim Repair 101
I think a denim rip is most people’s worst nightmare. In the photo above, you can see what a co-worker gave me this last weekend. In the past, I used to fix denim with the iron-on denim patches, but these jeans, as many of mine are stretch denim.
The problem with stretch denim is that a typical iron-on patch will not secure your rip after you wash it, and in most cases, may cause additional tears. To tackle the issue with stretch denim I decided to patch the “classic” way.
- First, keep your stretch denim when you hem, or invest in some stretch denim at your local fabric store. You don’t need a lot. A quarter of a yard will last several pairs of jeans.
- Second, cut out a patch slightly bigger than the hole you’re patching.
- Match your grains. Match the grain of the patch to the grain of the repair. This will help the patch to stretch in a similar way to the pant. It also makes the hole far less noticeable when completed.
Once the patch is lined up the way I wish, I tightly zigzag stitch around the rip edge. Afterwards I cut down the patch to the stitches.
Here’s the final result!
A quick press and the jeans are done. Enjoy!