Having three active boys, I see jeans deteriorate right before my eyes. It seems in one split second jeans move from the “good” to “play” category on the shelf. But, our budget doesn’t allow me to purchase new jeans every time a pair springs a hole. And personally I am not a fan of gigantic patches. There must be a better solution!
To the sewing section I headed.
For starters, I grabbed some Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive. Very happy with the results, I created an entire blog post. Wondering why you never saw this? Well, I never posted it. After just a couple of washes, the adhesive lost its adhesiveness. It was a mess! All that time and work to have it fall off in the dryer. Frustration.
Solution #2. I did some searches on Pinterest. While I found some cute ideas for Sweet Pea, I failed to find anything I liked for the boys.
Solution #3. Trial and error. After several mistakes, I found what has worked the best for me. And I think it is a pretty good solution!
Disclaimer – Due to time restraints on this momma of four, these directions will require some sewing experience as I will not go into basic steps like how to thread a sewing machine.
Sewing Machine – I have a Singer Simple machine from Walmart. Has worked great for me.
Thread – I use white but any color could be used.
A sacrificial pair of scrap jeans to cut pieces from
1. Grab a pair of holely jeans as pictured above. Turn the jeans inside out.
2. Thread your sewing machine with white thread. (You can use any color though.) Also, remove the thickest base of your machine so that you can place the jeans around the narrow base. The smaller the size of jeans, the more important a small base is.
3. Sacrifice an old pair of jeans for scraps. Obviously the closer in color the scrap jean is to the holely jeans, the less the scrap will show. Cut a scrap piece a little larger than the hole. Since the denim material is typically lighter on one side than the other, decide which side of the denim you want to show through. Pin that side down.
Depending on your sewing experience, you may want to hold the scrap material and pin on the top as pictured above. This saves the step of turning the jeans but leaves more room for error. Whatever works best for you!
4. Slide the jeans onto the base of the machine. Sew two parallel lines using wide stitches along the sides of the scrap. These lines will be removed. This step is important to hold the scrap in place for the next step. Remove the pins.
5. Turn the jeans right side out. Sew around and over the hole in the jeans with short simple forward and backward motions. I found that sewing from left and right is much easier. Start on the left side of the hole and work around in a clockwise motion with close stitches. When you get to the bottom side of the hole, pick up your needle and move to the bottom left to finish in a left to right pattern. The image above shows the progression. Managing everything is a little tricky and takes a little getting used to. But once you learn to control the material, machine, and backward switch on your machine, you will be a pro! Don’t worry about mistakes.
6. In the above pictures you can see the parallel lines and/or stray side lines. (Purple arrows) No problem! This is simple to clean up.
Grab your handy-dandy seam ripper and pull the temporary parallel lines and stray stitches. Because you sew backward and forward so much, you don’t have to worry about the seams coming out. See the difference in the image above? It looks a lot cleaner now!
7. Turn the jeans inside-out again. Cut the excess scrap material, leaving a slight edge.
And that’s it! Here are a few jeans that I fixed to give you some examples.
The bigger the hole, the more the scrap material shows. I try to catch the holes when they first start but obviously one got away!
So, what do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Also, be sure to pin this idea to keep for future needs.
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