How To Fix Your Ripped Jeans That Ripped Too Much

Believe it or not, ripped jeans are a fashion staple. It was not long ago that ripped jeans came into existence and became a fashion trend. From the little chiseled threads of denim to a whole torn apart style, ripped jeans have evolved over time.

But some ripped jeans are not intentional; they are accidental. There are instances where you accidentally get your jeans ripped. And wearing a jean which is ripped from the wrong area is not fashionable at all, and rather embarrassing.

There are plenty of things that you can do about your ripped jeans that is ripped way too much. In this article, I will be highlighting some of the best and efficient ways to fix your ripped jeans and use it as a brand new one.

5 Methods To Fix Your Ripped Jeans That Ripped Too Much

There are plenty of ways that you can think about fixing your ripped jeans. It is not necessary to visit your tailor every now and then with your problems. If you have got the right way to go about it, fixing ripped jeans is a matter of time and effort.

Method 1: Using Darning Stitches Over The Hole

Darning is a type of patch-less technique that fixes holes using only a thread and needle. Per se, darning looks a lot like weaving and works best for rips that don’t run along the seam. You can put darning stitches by hand or using a sewing machine.

Materials Needed

Darning needle, Thread that matches your jeans, Small embroidery hoop and Scissors.

Step 1. Prepare the Damaged Area

Place the embroidery hoop around the damaged area, making sure the hole or worn area is in the center. The hoop will help stabilize the fabric as you work.

Step 3. Thread the Needle

Cut a length of thread about 18 inches long. Thread it through the eye of the darning needle and tie a knot at the end.

Step 4. Begin Sewing

Start about a half inch from the edge of the hole. Push the needle through the fabric from the back to the front, then from the front to the back, in a straight line. Continue this running stitch until you reach the other side of the hole.

Step 5. Change Direction

Once you’ve covered the hole in one direction, start making stitches perpendicular to your first set of stitches. This will create a woven effect over the hole.

Step 6. Secure the Darn

Once the hole is fully covered, make a few more stitches around the perimeter of the darned area to secure it.

Step 7. Finish Up

Remove the embroidery hoop, trim any excess threads, and turn your jeans right side out. The hole should now be covered with a sturdy patch of new stitches.

Hand darning can be time-consuming, especially for larger holes. However, it can be a good option if you don’t have a sewing machine, and it allows for a lot of control over the repair.

Method 2: Using a Sewing Machine for Fixing Your Jeans

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Using a sewing machine is a good idea for particularly small or large holes in the crotch of your jeans. Though it is not an absolutely invisible mending technique, the stitches remain relatively undetectable.

However, if you do not have a sewing machine, you can always hand embroider or put hand stitches over the ripped part. Skip to the next method if you don’t have a sewing machine at home.

Step 1: Trim the Fraying Threads

Start by using your scissors to trim the fraying threads right around the edge of the hole. Also, make sure not to cut the threads too close to your jeans.

Step 2: Use a Fusible or Tack Stitches

Now, turn your jeans inside out and take a piece of scrap denim that goes with the wash of the jeans and put that face down over the ripped part. Then, you can use a fusible for holding the patch in place before sewing. A fusible is a thin type of webbing that gets the fabric bonded together while being ironed.

Otherwise, you can do a tack stitch around the edge of the patch. Tack stitches are temporary loose stitches that are meant to get removed.

Step 3: Start Stitching the Scrap Denim Piece

Turn the jeans right side out again and put them under the sewing machine. After this, thread your sewing machine using a thread color that goes with your jeans. Then, use a straight stitch or zigzag stitch to stitch across the denim patch to get the joining edges of the hole to bond together.

Step 4: Cut Off the Excess Thread

While stitching, go in the same direction as the fabric weave of your jeans. Finally, cut off the threads left from tack stitching and you are done.

Method 3: Hand Stitching a Clear Tear in Your Jeans

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If no actual fabric was lost in the tear, hand sewing is the easiest way to mend a clean rip in your jeans.

Step 1: Iron the Mending Tape

Start by applying your fabric mending tape below the ripped area using heat from the iron. In doing this, make sure the iron is not too hot and keep it at a moderate setting.

Step 2: Use an Overcast Stitch

Afterward, use a thread that goes with your torn jeans and put an overcast stitch over the ripped edges of your jeans. Finally, trim off all excess fabric left from the mending tape on the inner part of your jeans.

Method 4: Using the Beautiful Sashiko Embroidery

Sashiko refers to a decorative stitch that is traditionally a part of Japanese culture, where they use it to mend their ‘boro’ fabrics. If you want to create a design out of that ripped part of your jeans, you would love the sashiko technique.

Step 1: Select the Right Kind of Fabric patch

Start by choosing a piece of fabric to use as the patch for mending your jeans using sashiko technique. As sashiko is all about unique designs, there is no reason not to use fabric patches with non-traditional patterns or colors. In fact, you should choose patches that are colorful and have nice patterns.

Now, this patch needs to be big enough to cover the border of the hole. Then, temporarily secure the fabric patch over the rip using a fabric glue stick.

Step 2: Choose Thread Strands That Stand Out

People usually love to show off their unique and pretty sashiko stitching. So, choose a shade of sashiko or embroidery thread that stands out from the shade of the jeans. Afterward, thread four strands of thread in the long embroidery needle to start the embroidery.

Step 3: Start the Process of Patching

You can embroider a line of running stitches parallel to the edge of a side of your fabric patch to start the process of patching. Then, keep on adding parallel stitches until you are able to fill up the entire fabric patch.

Also, remember that you can do this embroidery easily by hand, but it is faster to do sashiko using your sewing machine.

Method 5: Using Simple Hand Embroidery to Mend Holes

The process is a lot similar to the sashiko method, except the stitching pattern. It has only one step and even that’s super simple. You only need to put a fabric patch behind the hole and put hand embroidered stitches all over the fabric patch to secure it to place in the jeans.

There is no need to worry about the kind of stitch you put as long as it is sturdy enough to hold the fabric patch in place. As you can embroider any and all designs you want, it is a great method to jazz up your old jeans with new decorations that speak of your personality.

How To Fix A Ripped Jeans Without The Visible Patch?

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If you have ripped your favorite pair of jeans and you are not interested in fixing it with a patch, you can do more that can help.

First, you need to assess the torn area. If the tear is against the seam, you can fix it easily. If it is against the grain, it would be a little strenuous. But, either way, you can get it fixed.

Use a different sewing technique to fix. Start from the end of the tear and take the stitch through the material. Knot it at the end of the thread and continue this till the length of the tear. This will give your jeans a stronger hold as well.

How To Fix Ripped Jeans With Hand?

You can fix your ripped jeans with hands as well. All you need is to go all conventional with the sewing techniques. For this, you need a needle, thread, scissors, and of course, a hot iron.

Fixing ripped jeans with hands is simple, but it requires a lot of work. You need to start by cutting off the frayed edges, then start sewing up the jeans with hands from inside.

In the end, use a hot iron to make your hand stitch more firm. The hot iron will seal the jeans and smooth the creases as well.

Factors To Consider While Fixing Your Ripped Jeans With Stitching

There are plenty of things that you need to remember when you are fixing your ripped jeans. According to the above-mentioned approach, you need to keep the following things in mind:

  1. Cut the patch appropriately, and it should be larger or smaller than the affected area.
  2. The hot iron you are using to stick the patch on the jeans must not be too hot to burn the jeans.
  3. Start stitching only if you know how to stitch jeans; else, you can seek assistance from a professional tailor.

Can You Just Stick the Patch on the Ripped Area And Skip Stitching?

A hot iron can definitely not hold the patch on the jeans. If you are looking for an alternative other than stitching, you can use any hot glue to join the patch.

For this step, you need to be very careful with the shape and size of the patch as you won’t be able to trim anything.


Hello, I am Jessica Flores, and you are welcome to my website. I am a professional fashion designer and a seamstress. I always carried a passion for craftwork. My love for craft grew along with time. I have spent years researching and practicing in this field to gather colossal experience.

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