How To Fix Ripped Jeans Inner Thigh

Discovering holes in the inner thigh region of my favorite jeans was always disheartening. These were jeans that had molded to my body shape perfectly over time, becoming a wardrobe staple.

However, as the fabric in the thigh area wore thin from regular use and friction, the inevitable happened – they started to rip.

This issue is not just about aesthetics; it affects comfort too. Walking in jeans with inner thigh rips can be unpleasant, even painful, as the frayed edges rub against the skin. But I learned that these beloved jeans didn’t have to be relegated to the back of the closet or thrown out.

Through trial and error, I’ve discovered several effective methods to repair these rips, making my jeans wearable and comfortable again. These techniques vary in complexity, but all of them can breathe new life into your denim.

In the following sections, I’ll guide you through these various repair methods, sharing tips and tricks that have worked for me. Whether you’re a novice or seasoned at DIY repairs, these solutions will help you fix those troublesome holes and extend the life of your favorite jeans.

How To Fix Ripped Jeans Inner Thigh?

From personal experience, repairing the inner thigh rips in jeans can be a creative and satisfying task. Depending on your sewing skills and the time you have, there are various methods to effectively fix these troublesome areas.

Sewing Patches

I’ve often turned to sewing patches over the ripped areas. This method not only repairs the tear but also adds a unique flair to the jeans. I choose fabric patches that either closely match the denim or provide an interesting contrast.

Using Fabric Glue

For a quicker fix, especially when I didn’t have time to sew, I’ve used fabric glue. It’s a straightforward method: just applying glue to the patch and pressing it onto the ripped area. However, this might not be as durable as sewing.

Iron-on Patches and Fusible Webbing

Iron-on patches have been a go-to for convenience. I’ve used a fusible webbing to attach them, which requires an iron. For a more permanent fix, I’ve found that sewing over these patches ensures they stay in place through wear and washes.

Direct Sewing

When the rips are small, I’ve sometimes sewn straight stitches directly over the torn area. This is a subtle fix that works well if you’re adept at sewing and the rip isn’t too large.

Each method has its advantages, and my choice often depends on the severity of the rip and the look I’m aiming for. Repairing jeans in this way not only extends their lifespan but also adds a personal touch to my wardrobe.

How To Fix Ripped Jeans Inner Thigh By Hand?

Ripped Jeans

Fixing ripped jeans in the inner thigh area by hand is a skill I’ve honed over time, especially for those beloved pairs that I’m not ready to part with. Here’s a detailed guide based on my experience:

Step 1: Preparing the Jeans

Initially, I trim away any frayed edges around the hole with sharp scissors. This step is crucial as frayed edges can lead to further ripping. I’m careful not to cut into the intact fabric, as this makes sewing easier and keeps the original shape of the jeans.

Step 2: Thread Selection and Preparation

Choosing the right thread is important. I usually opt for cotton thread that closely matches the color of my jeans. After threading the needle, I loop the thread to create a double strand and tie a knot at the end. While matching thread color is not mandatory, contrasting threads can make the repair more noticeable, which might be a design choice depending on your preference.

Step 3: The Sewing Process

Turning the jeans inside out, I pinch the ripped area closed. Holding the fabric taut, I start with a whipstitch. This involves pushing the needle through one side of the ripped area, looping over the top, and bringing the needle back through near the starting point. I continue this pattern, ensuring the stitches are close together for durability.

Sewing The Holes By Hand

Step 4: Securing the Stitch

After completely sewing the hole shut, I cut the thread, leaving a small tail. I then tie this tail in a double knot close to the fabric. This ensures the stitches don’t unravel. Finally, I trim any excess thread.

Hand sewing a ripped inner thigh in jeans can be a meditative process. It not only reinforces the fabric but also adds a personal touch to the garment. This method has allowed me to extend the life of many pairs of jeans, maintaining both their comfort and style.

How To Patch Jeans Inner Thigh?

If you want something that lasts longer and feels more durable, it helps to get a patch to fix the holes. Similar to the previous method, you will have to start by cutting off the frayed edges of the hole until there are smooth lines around the hole. After that is done, follow the given steps:


Just like with sewing, I start by carefully trimming away any frayed edges around the hole. Clean, smooth lines make for easier and neater patching.

Step 1: Cutting the Patch

I choose a patch of denim, either from a scrap piece or a store-bought one, that is about twice the size of the hole. This ensures ample coverage. It’s crucial for the color of the patch to match the jeans as closely as possible. I cut the patch to the desired size with sharp scissors.

Step 2: Pinning the Patch

I tuck the cut patch behind the hole and pin it in place, ensuring it completely covers the ripped area with a little extra space around the edges. About four sewing pins usually suffice to keep the patch stable.

Step 3: Stitching the Patch

Selecting thread that matches the denim’s shade is key. I use a strong needle, capable of piercing through the denim layers. With my sewing machine, I stitch around the patch’s edges, making straight lines to secure the patch to the jeans. This process involves sewing along each side of the patch to ensure it’s firmly attached.


For Iron-On Patches:

If I’m using an iron-on patch, I press it onto the jeans with a hot iron, being careful not to exceed thirty seconds to avoid damage. I then reinforce it with straight stitches for extra security.

Step 4: Trimming Excess Denim

After the patch is securely attached, I turn the jeans inside out and trim away any excess patch material. This step is crucial to prevent the patch from irritating my skin while wearing the jeans. However, I’m careful not to snip any threads holding the patch in place.

Throughout my experiences with repairing jeans, I’ve found that patching not only extends the life of my favorite pairs but also adds a personal touch. Whether for practical or aesthetic reasons, this method has proven to be a reliable way to salvage jeans with inner thigh rips.

How To Fix Ripped Jeans Inner Thigh Without Sewing?

If sewing is not your cup of tea, you can still save the inner thighs of your jeans from getting ripped apart. All you will need is a good quality fabric glue that will hold and a denim patch like the one you used previously.

This one is a quick fix that is perfect for repairing your jeans that are more important to you because of their use than appearance. So, here is what you are going to do:

Step 1: Preparing the Ripped Area and the Patch

First, I carefully trim away any loose threads around the ripped area to tidy it up. Then, I turn the jeans inside out to assess the size of the hole. For the patch, either a piece from an old pair of jeans or a store-bought denim patch works well. It’s important that the patch is larger than the hole to ensure adequate coverage for the glue.

Step 2: Applying Fabric Glue

With the patch cut to size, I apply a liberal amount of fabric glue, following the instructions on the bottle. It’s crucial not to get glue on the parts of the patch that extend beyond the ripped area. After applying the glue, I carefully press the patch over the hole, smoothing it out to ensure it adheres well.

Drying Time and Considerations

Different fabric glues have varying drying times, so I always check the bottle to determine how long it needs. While the patch is drying, I keep the jeans laid flat.

Optional Sewing Over the Patch

Although not necessary, sewing over the glued patch can add extra durability. However, in my experience, a high-quality fabric glue usually suffices for a quick fix.

This method has been a lifesaver for me on several occasions, especially when I needed a quick fix for a favorite pair of jeans. It’s simple, effective, and doesn’t require any sewing skills. Plus, it’s a great way to extend the life of jeans that are more about function than fashion.

How To Fix Holes In Jeans Inner Thigh?

Holes In Jeans

Having patched up quite a few pairs of jeans, especially in the high-wear inner thigh area, I’ve come to appreciate the efficacy of fusible tape. It’s a reliable method for repairing holes without extensive sewing skills. Let me guide you through the process based on my experience.

Step 1: Preparing the Area

As with any repair, I start by trimming away any frayed threads around the hole. This cleanup helps ensure a smoother repair process.

Step 2: Reinforcing with Fusible Web

Turning the jeans inside out, I lay them flat. Then, I cut a piece of denim scrap slightly larger than the damaged area, extending into the undamaged fabric. This is important because the area surrounding the hole often shows signs of wear too. Reinforcing this area prevents future holes.

Step 3: Applying Fusible Web

I then arrange pieces of fusible web around the hole, creating a ring-like shape. It’s essential to avoid overlapping the edges, as this could show on the outside. The denim scrap is centered over the hole, and I iron it from the backside using steam settings, pressing for a few seconds to secure the fusible web.

Step 4: Sewing the Patch

Choosing a thread that matches the jeans, I set up my sewing machine. Sometimes, I use a lighter thread for the area around the hole and a darker one for the weakened parts, but a single matching color usually suffices. I opt for shorter stitches, as they hold up better over time without taking too long to sew.

Sewing The Fusible

Step 5: Sewing the Fusible

With the jeans still inside out, I start sewing around the outer part of the hole, moving inward. I use a regular straight stitch but pull the fabric slightly to create a zig-zag pattern. This method doesn’t require a special machine setting; it’s all in the motion.

Step 6: Final Touches

After sewing, I check the perimeter for any loose fibers. If I find any, I do a bit more sewing without pulling the fabric. I might switch between lighter and darker threads depending on the area.

This method of using fusible tape and some careful sewing has been a lifesaver for my favorite jeans. It’s an approachable technique for anyone, regardless of their sewing expertise, and effectively extends the life of the jeans while maintaining their comfort and style.

How To Keep Pants From Wearing Out In The Inner Thigh Area?

A popular adage says “prevention is better than cure.” So, while sewing is the cure for the worn-out inner thigh area of jeans, it helps to know a few ways to prevent such an occurrence once and for all. So, here’s how you can keep your pants from wearing out in the inner thigh area.

1. Wearing Long Boxers Or Underwear

Start wearing long boxers or other such underwear to prevent inner thigh holes. When you don’t wear anything long underneath the jeans, the thighs of your pants keep rubbing together minus any padding present in them. 

So, wearing long compression underwear or boxers will cover the thighs and make sure your pants get a bit of additional lining, and there’s less friction. It is also a good idea to wear leggings below your pants on cold days to keep you warm and prevent friction.

2. Wash Your Denim Not More Than Once A Week

You should wash your pants once every week or even less than that. Jeans are not the kind of fabric that needs regular washing. After all, washing frequently gets them to wear out fast in every area, and not only the thighs. 

So, wash your pants only when they look really dirty. Remember that you are prolonging their life by not washing them frequently.

Moreover, you need to wash your denim in cold water to reduce wear and tear and shrinking. Additionally, you can hang the pants on a clothes’ line outside to air dry them if they’re smelly.

3. Pledge Never To Put Your Jeans In The Dryer

Rather than putting the jeans in the dryer, make sure you air dry them. As the heat keeps breaking down all the denim fibers, the dryer continues to be a bad choice for your denim pants. 

If you have to dry out your jeans, put it on a drying rack or a clothes hanger rather than making them go through the dryer. And if you still want to use the dryer, at least go for low heat.

4. Take Precautions To Prevent The Holes

You can sew denim patches in the inner thighs of the pants beforehand. When you know that you tend to get holes in the inner thighs of your pants, start sewing or gluing patches over the areas where they rub before you start using the jeans. The denim scraps will reinforce your jeans and make sure thigh holes never come back.

If you are not exactly sure where your pants usually get holes, wear them and point out where the thighs touch. And that’s the area that starts to get the holes first.

Wrapping up

And now you know all about fixing the holes in the inner thigh area of your jeans. It is time now to try out these methods so that you don’t have to discard your favorite pants right away.



I bring over 10 years of experience in costume design and apparel making, blending my expertise in historical fashion with a deep understanding of character portrayal. Beyond creating and testing patterns, I'm passionate about teaching sewing techniques and sharing garment knowledge. Also, as a sewing blogger with a BA in Costume Studies from Dalhousie University, I enjoy writing articles that delve into the rich worlds of clothing history, sewing, textiles, and fashion. Follow my creative journey on Youtube => Elise's Sewing Studio Instagram => elisessewing

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