How To Sew Decorative Patches On Jeans

There are many reasons why you would like to sew decorative patches on clothes. The primary reason why youngsters prefer to sew patches is that it looks ultra-cool.

At times, it may just happen that your jeans have torn and made them look stylish; you want to sew a decorative path. In that way, the hole will also disappear, and you will add a new touch to it.

It’s not that hard to know how to sew patches, and different ways are there to do so. Many people try it out using an adhesive or non-stitch way, but sewing is the best way to get better results.

You must have always wondered how the sewing is done to cover the holes. Well, we are writing this post concentrating on this topic itself.

You must read through the content properly to get an idea about the project. Different processes are mentioned with a few FAQs, and you can follow them. Remember to buy the products before you start the project.

How To Sew Decorative Patches On Jeans?

Setting the decorative patch is easy to work, and one can do it in different ways. Here is a process you can do by hand. First, you have to prepare the hole and trim the extra thread coming out.

Try to make a square shape and a small ¼ inch on every corner. For the hole sides, you have a ¼ inch edge. You must turn the edges and press them. Get a cut-out in square shape of a little bit more than ¼ inches on all sides.

Turn ¼ inches on every edge to the right side and press it. Now place the patch under the hole side up and check the weave direction. After that, baste or pin in place, and from the wrong side, you must hem the hole edge.

Go around towards the right side, and you must hem the place to patch with slip stitches.

Step 1: Get Decorative Patches

First, you have to get decorative patches that you want to stick to your jeans. Many patches are available in the market, while you can design in your home also.

While you buy one, you must check that it should not come with an adhesive material. It’s because the adhesive materials make sewing difficult.

Step 2: Deciding On The Place

Now you have to decide on the place where you wish to place the patch. Not all jeans are visible, so if you have to locate the exact area where you want to put patches.

The placement of the patch can also vary depending on the message present on the embellishment. After you identify where you want to place it, you can proceed to the next step.

Step 3: Securing The Patch

Many people commit the mistake of buying an embellishment with glue, making it difficult to sew. But it is better to secure using pins which ensure the fabric and embellishment do not move.

Also, you can stitch quickly without facing any trouble, and the patchwork looks clean.

Step 4: Using A Heavy Duty Needle

Irrespective of whether you are hand or machine sewing, you must use a heavy-duty needle. It’s because the jeans are already thicker, and when you add the patch, it increases.

Step 5: Sewing In A Zig-Zag Pattern

When sewing a decorative patch, you must always use zig-zag stitches to attain the desired result. It makes sure the thread goes over and through the patch to create thick and bold lines.

In machine sewing, you must reduce the length and width of the stitch to the narrowest.

Step 6: Sewing Around The Edges

In a machine, the zig-zag stitch is quick and precise. It produces clean patchwork compared to hand stitching. Also, you do not need a lot of time, and it guarantees a good outcome.

You must take time and do it to ensure the stitches around the edges are clean. With that, you can iron your jeans and wear them.

How to Sew Decorative Patch On Jeans When There Is A Hole?

If you want to put an embellishment to cover a hole in the jeans, the process will differ from the above one. Here are the steps one has to follow to sew a patch to cover a hole.

Step 1: Get A Patch

When you purchase a patch to place over the hole, you have to consider the fabric. If you are using scrap fabric, remember that it should blend with the garment.  

The quality of the fabric and embellishments should be kept into consideration. Also, it must not create any tension on the existing garment.

Step 2: Cut Out The Extra Edges

The extra edges need to be eliminated where the jeans have torn. It is a crucial step as frayed edges make the hole look smaller, and also stitching becomes difficult.

Also, if they are not removed, you will face problems in sewing. That’s why you must remove the extra threads.

Step 3: Measure The Hole

Place the garment on the flat surface or ironing board and out the embellishment over it. It should be larger than the hole to cover fully. If there is any surrounding area that needs to be covered, you should keep this in mind while buying the patch. 

Also, the shape of the patch and hole should be the same. You can also get a bigger one to cut, but do not get a smaller one with.

Step 4: Put The Jeans Inside Out

Before you start sewing, the jeans need to be inside out. In this way, you can hide the patch edges.

Step 5: Pin The Patches

Now you must pin the patches by placing them on the flat surface surrounding the hole. Also, ensure that there are no bumps or spaces between the patch and jeans.

It will create a clean look, and you must use pins to stick both things and do not use glue.

Step 6: Sewing The Hole

You can either sew by hand or a machine as per your requirement. Machine sewing is better than hand sewing as it produces better results. Choose the thread color that suits the fabric and can hold the jeans and embellishment.

Go ahead with as many stitches as you need to ensure it is in place. Also, remember the more stitches you get, the less noticeable it will be.

Step 7: Sew-All Around The Edges

You can go with the straight stitch irrespective of how you plan to do it. Once you complete stitching, trim the extra threads and see if it looks proper. Now you can iron the pants and wear them.

How to Sew Any Handmade Overhand Patch?

It is an embellishment that is sewn from the face of the garment. When patching a thick fabric, the overhand patch must be on a thinner one. Otherwise, the project can come out at any time.

Step 1: Cut The Hole

First, you have to cut a hole in a square pattern, and the piece of fabric should be a little bigger. The edges should be pressed at ¼ inches.

Step 2: Place On The Top Of The Hole

Now you must place it on the hole top and start stitching around the edges. Put the wrong side of the garment out. You will find that the fabric patch and hole edge are together. 

Step 3: Make Overcast Stitches

Now you have to make overcast stitches around the edge, and after that, your project is over.

How to Sew Felt Or Flannel Patch?

A patch comes in matching or contrasting colors, and you can get it sewn on your jeans.

Step 1: First, you have to cut the patch, and it should be more than the size of the hole. Take a matching color thread for both the patch and garment.

Step 2: Now, you must start to stitch by turning the jeans to the wrong side. Before that, you must cut away the worn portion and eliminate basting stitches.

Step 3: Place the patch underside, and the benefit of using this patch is that fraying does not happen at the edges.

What Materials You Need To Start Stitching The Patch Work?

The materials you will need to start stitching are:

The Patch Work: The most significant thing is the patchwork, and it should be according to your requirements. Based on whether you want to cover a hole or not, you must purchase the patchwork.

A Sewing Machine: Hand sewing can be done, but it is better to go with machine sewing to produce effective results. With that, the chances of the patch coming out is less.



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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