fixing a hole where the rain came in

Today’s class is on patching jeans.

The Damsel has patched jeans a couple of ways, and has a certain method she likes for knee patches. Today’s class is for holes in places other than knees.

This method is . . . how shall we say . . . a utilitarian method. Not a beautiful thing, but it’s fast and it works.

From this picture you can see the Damsel’s Knight acquired a hole in an awkward spot.


This method will work for a hole in pretty much any spot, if you don’t care too much about prettyness.

Turn the offending garment inside out.


Now you need a denim scrap. The pieces you saved when you made cut-offs are perfect. If possible, find a scrap that roughly matches the color of the jeans you are patching. Cut a piece a few inches larger than the hole.


Pin it strategically over the hole. (wrong side)


Turn the jeans right side out. Lift some weights, and then cram them under your sewing machine presser foot, making sure you have the layers flat . . . the jeans and the patch, with no folds.

IMG_2561Set the machine for zigzag. Start sewing on the farthest edge of the hole, traveling back and forth, working your way across the hole. The Damsel found it easiest to use the machine’s reverse setting rather than trying to turn the jeans.

IMG_2562Liberally cover the area with zigzag stitching. The Damsel tried to catch all the frayed edges into the sewing for a neater appearance. Neato!

IMG_2563Turn the jeans wrong side out. You may see extra patch fabric that isn’t sewed down.


This can be trimmed off.


Now still on the wrong side, zigzag across all the cut, raw edges of the patch.

IMG_2567Turn right side out and inspect. Perhaps it will do for gardening around the manor. At least it will keep the rain out.


4 thoughts on “fixing a hole where the rain came in

  1. What would happen if you put Fray Check around the edges of the patch instead of zigzagging around the cut, raw edges? Photo 7 looks pretty then the last picture, so I wonder if the Fray Check could be used to keep from having an unnecessary zig-zagged square around the hole.

    What do you think, oh wise Damsel?

    Alternatively, do you have a way that you like to patch things that you want to still look nice?

    • Fray Check would be fine to use. You’re right, it looks . . . uh . . . less pretty after that final zigzagging. You could just leave off that step all together if the pants are old. The patch will probably last longer than the rest of the pants, even without the last zigzagging.

      Which brings an odd picture to mind, of pants that are no longer there, except for the patches.

      The Damsel swears to do a “nice patch” post soon.

  2. Pingback: patching jeans–”cute” method « Old School

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