Are those holes in the inner thigh region of your jeans giving you trouble? Thankfully, you can fix the problem in a jiffy!
So, you have this favorite pair of denims that you have worn a couple of times. You love the way it fits your body and don’t want to throw it away anytime soon. However, wearing this pair is becoming increasingly uncomfortable because the inner thigh area has started getting ripped. As your thighs rub while walking, it actually hurts because of that ripped part.
Don’t fret because there are quite a few ways to address your issue. Read on to know how to fix the holes in the inner thigh area of your jeans.
How To Fix Ripped Jeans Inner Thigh?
There are several ways to fix the holes in the inner thigh area of your jeans. The method you choose depends on whether you know how to sew, and how fast you want the work to be. You can sew patches on the ripped part or use glue to fix it. Iron-on patches or fusible are also good ideas but you will have to sew over them for a more permanent solution. If you are good at sewing, you can sew straight stitches over the ripped part to make it stay in place.
How To Fix Ripped Jeans Inner Thigh By Hand?
You can fix holes in the inner thigh region of your jeans using simple running stitches made by hand. However, keep in mind that the holes need to be small for hand sewing to actually work.
Regardless of how good you are at sewing it is hard to make the stitches hold when the holes are bigger. You can look into other methods of fixing the region in that case. Here are the steps you need to follow for fixing ripped jeans inner thigh by hand:
Step 1: Start By Cutting Away The Frayed Parts
Use your scissors to cut away all the frayed parts of the holes. This is because the frayed parts of the holes in your jeans might make them rip even more.
So, use sharp scissors for removing those parts of the holes that keep fraying. However, make sure never to cut any of the actual fabric because that will make the sewing a lot easier.
Step 2: Choosing The Thread And Looping It
Next, thread your sewing needle with cotton threads and make sure to tie knots at their end. So, make sure to select cotton sewing threads that can closely match the colors of your jeans.
Put the thread’s end through the needle eye. After this, loop your thread through that needle for creating a tail-like thing and tie the two ends of threads together. It is not like you need to use threads that can match your jeans. But choosing threads in any other color might make them stand out and appear more noticeable.
Step 3: Start Sewing The Holes By Hand
You need to pinch the holes closed and start stitching vertically on each side. For this, turn the jeans inside out, and hold the holes in the jeans together using one hand such that it remains mostly closed.
Using a whipstitch, start at one end of the holes. Now, push the needle through a side of the holes, bring the needle up, make it go over the holes to the starting point, and push that through once more. You need to keep sewing upward until the holes are completely sewn shut.
Stitching reinforces the fabric of the denim so you can be assured there wouldn’t be any holes soon enough.
Step 4: Tying The Thread And Cutting Away The Excess
When you are done sewing the holes shut, cut your needle off from the thread such that you have two strands of thread hanging from the jeans. Now, tie the strands together two times in a way that the threads remain in the denim. Finally, cut away the extra thread using your scissors.
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:
Step 1: Cutting Up The Patch To Be Sewn
Cut a patch of the denim scrap that is nearly two times larger than that hole you are trying to fix. Now, you can either buy denim patches at craft stores or use a scrap piece of denim that you own already. The one thing you need to remember is that the patch shouldn’t be exactly the size of the hole you’re trying to fix.
Use your scissors for cutting down the patch until it’s nearly twice the size of the holes in your denim. Also, make sure that the denim scrap or store-bought patch that you are using matches the color of the pants.
Step 2: Pin The Patch In Place Behind The Hole
Next, tuck the denim patch behind that hole in your denim and pin the patch in place. Now, position the denim patch in a way that can cover the whole area with only a bit of space left on the sides. Keep that patch in its place using about four sewing pins.
Step 3: Stitch The Denim Patch To The Jeans
Before you start, get the thread color to go with the shade of your denim. Additionally, you need to use a brand-new needle that has enough strength to go through the denim layers.
Start stitching the denim patch to the jeans using one straight line around every edge. Now, use your sewing machine to get the denim patch firmly attached to the jeans. You can make straight stitches by sewing in a straight line and linking every stitch. Also, you will have to do this on each of the sides of the ripped part such that the patch remains secure.
In case you are using iron-on patches, stick the patch in position on your jeans by using hot iron over it. Moreover, make sure not to hold the iron over the patch for more than thirty seconds to prevent any damage to the patch or your jeans. Afterward, add straight stitches over the patch to ensure that it does not come off.
Step 4: Cutting off the extra parts of the denim patch
Cut off all the extra parts of the denim scrap or patch before turning your denim inside out. After this, use your scissors for removing all parts of the patch that you have not sewn down. And it will prevent the extra parts of the denim patch from brushing against your inner thighs when you walk wearing those jeans.
However, take care never to cut off any part of the threads holding the denim patch to the ripped part of your jeans.
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
Start cutting the loose bits of threads for cleaning up the area. Next, turn the ripped denim inside out to measure the right size of the patch.
As mentioned earlier, you can get the patch from an old pair of denims or you can buy one from the store. This patch has to be larger than the ripped part such that you get enough space around it to use the fabric glue.
Step 2: Using The Fabric Glue To Fix The Denim Patch
Put the fabric glue liberally on the denim patch and make sure to follow all the instructions as mentioned on the bottle. Also, take care not to put any fabric glue on the parts of the patch that will remain outside your denim.
Finally, press this denim patch down over the hole and make it stay in place. Remember that all kinds of fabric glues dry up at separate places. So, check the bottle of the glue to know how long it will take to dry up.
Like you read previously about the iron-on patches, you can consider sewing over the glued patch, but it’s not needed. Besides, a fabric glue is a quick fix anyway.
How To Fix Holes In Jeans Inner Thigh?
Another way to fix holes in the inner thigh area is to use fusible tapes. A good thing about such tapes is that you can use it on as many holes or ripped areas on the inner thigh area of the pants. Follow the steps given below to fix the holes.
Step 1: Cleaning Up The Area For The Tape
As in every case, you can clean up the area using scissors to make sure that there are no frayed threads getting in the way. After you have duly cleaned up the area, move on to the next step.
Step 2: Reinforce The Weakened Areas With The Fusible
Turn your jeans inside out and lay it back on the board. Now, use the denim scrap to cover the entire damaged area and extend a bit into the unworn parts.
It is actually a good idea to get a larger piece because usually the fabric around the torn part also appears weakened. You need to reinforce the weakened parts too because the holes will start coming up from the sides of the patch next.
Step 3: Using The Fusible To Fix The Damage
Tear off parts of the fusible to create a ring-like formation around the ripped part. Make sure nothing gets over the edge because that will be visible from the outside. You need to center the denim scrap over the whole and iron the backside of it.
Utilize the steam settings, and keep holding it for a couple of seconds to ensure that the fusible stays put.
Step 4: Choose The Thread And The Sewing Method
Use a matching thread and set up the machine. You can use threads in a lighter color around the hole and darker color for the weakened parts. However, using one matching color for the entire ripped part is also fine.
However, if you are trying to make the stitches blend in, you can start with a lighter colored thread and change as you proceed with sewing. You need to put in shorter stitches for this purpose. After all, anything too large will become loose as you wear the jeans. Anything too short will make you take a lot of time to cover one spot.
Step 5: Time To Start Sewing The Fusible
Turn your pants inside out. Now, start sewing on the outer part of the hole and continue going forward until you reach the inside of the hole (on that denim scrap).
Hold the reverse button and go back to that point where you began. Keep going back and forth while repeating this action. Also, keep pulling the fabric a bit on the side while sewing so that you get the zig-zag pattern.
You are not supposed to use that zig-zag setting on the machine. Put a regular stitch, but use the motion to create the zig-zag shape. Finally, pivot around the corner and go around the entire hole.
Step 6: Putting The Final Touches Over The Work
After you have completed stitching all the way, go around the hole’s perimeter to check for loose fibers. If you notice any fiber, do a bit of regular sewing without pulling on the fabric. You can use lighter or darker-colored threads for the loose fibers.
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.
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.