How To Fix Ripped Pockets On Jeans

Did the pockets of your jeans rip off or get torn? Don’t worry, as it’s normal and can happen anytime. Having ripped pockets in jeans is something many individuals have experienced. 

For instance, when you are working on an important thing or just walking, you will see it tear suddenly. Check to see that one of the pockets of your jeans is hanging by a thread. 

Jeans are something that requires extra care, and you must repair or fix whenever it’s necessary. When you have a pair of jeans you like, you will do everything to keep them in the best condition.

So, how exactly can you fix the torn pockets of your jeans? Well, there are many ways to do so. You can choose the method that looks easier for you. 

How To Fix Ripped Pockets On Jeans?

When it comes to fixing your jeans’ ripped pocket/pockets, you need to sew the pocket with your hands. 

Make sure to use the right thread so that it blends perfectly with the color of the jeans. You can also use a sewing machine with the ripped pockets, but it will be much better to get the work done by hand-sewing it. 

Also, if you have fixed ripped pockets before, you will not have much problem fixing them again. But if you are a first-timer, it might be a little challenging for you. 

For such reasons, you can gain a proper understanding of how to fix ripped pockets of your jeans through this document. 

Fixing the ripped or torn pockets is pretty simple. Once you learn how to do so, the process will be a lot easier for you. You can complete the fixing work quickly and effectively. 

Below are the steps you need to follow to repair your jeans pockets or pockets. Check it out!

Steps 1: Gather All The Essential Items

Before you begin the fixing work, you need to obtain all the necessary materials and what is required for the repairing work. The things you need to gather area:

  1. Scrap material or fusible interfacing. 
  2. Needles. 
  3. Thread.
  4. Marking pen. [Must carry removable or invisible ink]
  5. Embroidery snipes of scissors.
  6. A board and an iron.

Once you have all these items, you can proceed further with the repairing work. If you are missing something, you can easily get it within your home or from a store at the market. 

Step 2: Prepare The Affected Area Properly

When you start fixing work, you must trim out all the loose threads that you find on the affected area. 

Cutting them off will make it easier for you to get the sewing work done. These loose threads are located on the fray ends of the torn pocket. 

Make sure to cut or trim them out carefully so that you do end up cutting the jeans or the pocket.

Step 3: Cut Out The Patch

You must use a scrap of lightweight material or one-sided fusible interfacing in the form of a patch on the ripped area of your jeans pocket. 

Remember, the patch has to be big enough to cover the ripped or hole area on the jeans and the surrounding area. 

The patch you create must be around ½ inch over the ripped area or any other thinning area on the jeans. 

Step 4: Place The Patch

If you are using a material scrap, you can easily attach it with a pin on the affected area. 

But if you are using fusible interfacing, you must follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. It will tell you how to iron over the ripped area within the insides of the jeans. 

Step 5: Sewing The Patch

Now, it’s time to hand-sew the patch on your jeans. For the sewing part, you can opt for the running or backstitch. The sewing design should be of diagonal ribbing. 

You find this type of design on the majority of jeans available in the market. To the diagonal ribbing, you need to follow the lengthwise thread of the jeans. 

Otherwise, you can also follow the crosswise threads or the diagonal ribbing of the jeans. You can take one or two of the stitching techniques to complete the designing stitch. 

For the backstitch method, you can utilize diagonal stitching as the guide. When doing the 2nd set of back stitches, it will be better to use the marker pen to mark the area. 

Now, you have to do one final stitch, and it should be perpendicular to the previous set. You can make lines with the marker, which will help you keep the entire backstitch in a straight line.

Step 6: Finishing Up The Work

Once you have completed the stitching work, it’s time for you to iron on it. Using a hard surface or an iron board and place the jean on it. After that, take a hot iron and apply it to the affected area. 

After applying the heat, you will find that the stitched area has mended perfectly, and you are all ready to use the pants. 

Reason To Fix Ripped Pockets On Jeans

A pair of jeans is a clothing worn by both men and women of today’s era. So, if one of the pockets gets torn or ripped off, it will destroy its appearance. 

On the other hand, the pockets act like small storages to house money, a wallet, a cell phone, and various things. 

Having pockets in your jeans will allow you to keep things that you do not wish to hold in your hands. 

For such reasons, you must repair or fix the jeans pocket and also get to prevent it from wear and tear. 

Alternative Way To Repair The Pockets/Pocket On Jeans

When you do not know how to sew or don’t have the time for it, there are several other options to repair the ripped pocket of your jeans. 

One of the best ways to do so is by applying fabric glue to the ripped area. You can use the glue by applying it to a patch. 

Otherwise, you can get a bit personalized and add some pattern or design on the ripped area of the pocket.

Just like during the sewing work, you have to pick a patch, which is a bit bigger than your jeans’ pocket.

Adding a pattern or a design will not just cover up the ripped area but also enhance the jeans’ appearance. 

Type Of Thread To Use For Sewing

When you have decided to sew your jeans’ ripped or torn pocket, you need to use a thread that will match or blend with the jeans. 

Don’t go for threads that come with bright colors, such as pink or yellow. It will become a lot visible that the area is stitched or sewed. Please don’t do that.

It’s highly recommended that you go for threads that come with dark blue and navy blue shades. 

But you can also go for grey-colored threads as they will make the sewed area less visible to the public eye.

You can also choose light blue and black-colored thread for the sewing work with no hassle. 

Things To Remember Right Before Sewing A New Pocket

The sewing work might take a lot of time when you make a mistake if an error occurs. 

So, when you have decided to sew a brand-new pocket, make the pocket a little bigger than the older one.

Make sure the pocket is more prominent when it comes to width and length. Doing so will increase its durability and prevent it from ripping off in the future.

Can I Wash The Jeans After Sewing The Pocket?

Yes, you can. But don’t wash it immediately. The stitching or sewing will still be fresh, and the chances for it to come off will be a lot higher. 

So, you must wear the jeans first and then think of washing them. You can wash it with your hands or in a washing machine. 

Please don’t scrub with a scrub on the area where you sewed. The threads will come loose and can come off. 

Is It Okay To Personalize My Jeans? How Should I Do It?

Of course, you can. Personalizing your jeans, especially on the ripped area, will make them appear a lot stylish. There are several ways through which you can jazz up your jeans. 

Firstly, you can add beads, studs, or even pearls to enhance the appearance of your jeans. The majority of the individuals decorate the pocket area, and it’s one of the best ways to cover up a stitched or torn area.

Secondly, you can use neat pattern prints on your jeans as well. It will give a unique look to your jeans and will also magnify your appearance significantly. You can either stitch the printed patterns or use fabric glue. 

Lastly, you can add a splash of tones or shades to your jeans as well. Adding a bit of color will also cover the pocket on your jeans if you use a different color of thread.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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