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30 Minute Jeans Mending Tutorial

By: Kristin from Craft Leftovers
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There's nothing worse than a rip in your favorite jeans. Finding a new pair that fits right is next to impossible, not to mention expensive. Save yourself the headache and the pricetag with this 30 Minute Jeans Mending Tutorial. Learn how to patch holes in jeans so seamlessly that no one will guess they're not brand new. Give your jeans twice the lifespan of the average pair!

Project TypeLearn a Technique

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Sewn byHand


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This patch is good for crotch patches and pretty much nothing else. Obviously for something that's not going to be showing or drawing attention to itself an off-color cloth with a blanket stitch will work just fine. But touting this as the end-all-be-all solution to torn jeans? Not so much.

I agree that is a poor mending job.

I would recommend a little more time and quality be used when having to repair a tear in the jeans. first I would remove a back pocket and cut out from the pocket area a piece of fabric ( provided the tear does not exceed the pocket area size). Repatch pocket area with suitable fabric and re sew the pocket back onto the original area. Sew the identical patch from inside the pocket area in place of the tear using machine stitching say zigzag or similar to herringbone stitch.

Really sorry to say this, but that is one of the worst mending jobs I've seen yet. My 5 yr old granddaughter could do this bad...what is wrong with this site that they would promote this kind of work? Afraid of hurting someone's "feelings?". This "mend" would chafe your leg to no end!


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