How To Mend Jeans

how to mend jeans


So…my jeans always wear holes in the crotch area. Every time. *sigh* They look like new everywhere else, but the spot where my thighs rub together when I walk rips and frays after a lot of wear. So annoying. I know I’m not alone because my sister experiences the same problem and I suspect loads of you out there have too!

You can fix it though – my technique is super simple and a little bit rough, but it works for me and I’ve used this method on several pairs with great success.

Yes I am aware of the irony that I recently wrote about how I refuse to mend and here I am posting a mending tutorial…but I hate shopping for jeans more than I hate mending and this is a quick 15 minute job.

You need: Your sewing machine, coordinating thread, a small scrap of neutral coloured cotton or coordinating denim.

How To Mend Jeans


Turn your jeans inside out.

Trim your scrap to size so it fits over the top of the tear with extra fabric around all sides.

Secure with a couple of small pins if you need to.

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Stitch the cotton patch over the top of the tear. Stitch one end to the other, pivot and sew a few stitches, then pivot again and go all the way back along the tear.

Repeat LOADS of times (25-40 times) to ensure the tear and the frayed edges are all secure under the lines of stitching.

Be careful with all the pivoting that you don’t accidentally stitch over more than one layer and sew the leg of your jeans together. (I’m guilty of this!)

Turn your jeans back in the right way and look at your repair. Make sure it feels secure and reinforces all the frayed edges.

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Trim any excess fabric from the cotton patch. I use pinking shears to minimise fray.

Is it a pretty repair job? Not at all. But the stitching gives the worn fabric additional strength so it will last. Being located at the crotch or inner thigh means that no one will see the repair when you are wearing them.

I’ve also fixed fabric tears in corduroy using this method.

I hope this tutorial helps you save your favourite pair of jeans!

26 thoughts on “How To Mend Jeans

  1. I hear you about jeans shopping… I have no idea what is going to happen when my fave pair of cropped jeans is going to give up… They are near new, only about 9-10 years old haha

  2. It’s my left knee that always gives out first on my jeans, never the right or anywhere else. Like your method but not sure about trying it out on my knee, although in this day and age it could start a trend!

  3. I’m really in to mending on a practical level but also have been eyeing off some beautifully decorated style of mending. With my son’s skinny jeans I can’t fit the leg in my machine so I have to hand sew but I’d rather just quickly do it with my machine.

        1. That’s exactly why I do it! I don’t wear skinny jeans and my boys are under 5 so it’s much easier than pulling your hair out trying to do turns when you can’t even put their little jeans on the sleeve of your machine

  4. I do the same thing with mine and it always works a treat. I check my jeans after every wash and if they look like they are starting to weaken at that point I do some pre-emptive mending in the same way to strengthen them. I find if I use flannel scraps on the inside the softness of the flannel sort of buries the stitching which can sometimes feel a bit rough on the leg otherwise. I also use bondaweb to fix the flannel in place before I sew.

  5. When your jeans really get to the point where a repair is no longer an option don’t toss them, cut them up and make a quilt out of them. Look on pinterest, there are so many patterns there.

        1. That would be fun although I don’t think I’ll be able to do it anytime soon – I’m moving house shortly and blogging & sewing will be on the back burner for a little while 🙂

  6. My jeans always wear there too. It is the worst when you do something like sit on he floor to change a nappy and lean forward and hear “riiiiiiip”!

  7. My boyfriend’s mum recently fixed his jeans using similar technique but she used blue thread so I just looked part of the jeans haha.
    I have a hole I need to repair right where the belt loops are – I pull on them to get jeans on, they finally gave out. Hahahah

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