I think jeans are a brilliant place to start your mending journey. We’re used to seeing ripped, distressed jeans, raggedy edges framing knees and thighs. Even if you like the ripped-jeans look, it’s useful to know how to mend jeans, and these examples should give you some great ideas of how to do just that.
Some mended jeans end up being works of art in their own right.
They end up with patches over patches, and darns over darns. The mending tells a story all on its own.
When you learn how to sew a hole in your jeans you’re taking a tiny step towards a more sustainable life.
You’re sending a message that you value the work and resources that went into making those jeans.
If you can mend jeans, you’re well on the way to being able to mend pretty much anything else. Basic sewing skills will take you a long way.
I’ve picked these examples of how to mend jeans because I love the beautiful, creative end results. If you can repair something and make it better than it was before, then that’s a superpower in my book.
Whether you’ve got a pair of jeans that you need to figure out how to mend, or you’re just looking for ideas ready for when that next hole appears, I hope you’ll find something useful here.
Mend Jeans With Lace.
I love how these jeans look.
They started out as ripped jeans, but the holes were a little too large for their owner’s liking.
This simple fix keeps the distressed character of the jeans, but patches the holes nicely and helps stop them from getting any larger.
I’m a big fan of the contrast between the delicate lace and the utilitarian denim.
Patching Jeans With Crochet.
This technique for using crochet to patch jeans gives a super-cute finish.
Again, I’m in love with the contrast between the crochet and the denim.
I think the white looks great, but I could also see this working beautifully with brightly coloured crochet yarn.
Mending jeans with crochet is a fun way to add a boho touch to your favourite outfit.
Sashiko is a Japanese form of functional embroidery, used to repair and reinforce textiles.
Traditionally done using white thread on indigo-dyed fabric, it’s the perfect technique for mending jeans.
Pinterest is full of beautiful examples of sashiko mending. It’s a really easy technique to learn, using basic stitches to create geometric patterns.
I love the way that this repair uses visible mending in a subtle way. The same pattern, worked in white thread, would stand out much more, creating a beautiful but very different effect.
Boro is another Japanese technique for mending fabrics.
It’s a way of repairing fabric by layering damaged textiles and joining them with repeated rows of simple running stitch.
It’s quite therapeutic mending things like this. Just straight rows of running stitch alongside one another.
Again, this is quite a subtle repair. It’s obviously mended, but the patching fabric tones nicely with the denim so that it doesn’t scream out at you.
The simple stitching helps to blend one fabric into the other.
Super-Cute Monster Mending.
This post showing you how to mend jeans is so much fun!
I love the monster face on these children’s jeans. So cute!
It’s a simple repair that makes the jeans fun for kids to wear. Why disguise a hole when you can turn it into a funny monster face like this?
If you read my recent post on darning a sock, then this technique will be somewhat familiar to you.
This kind of woven patch is a really simple but effective way of repairing small holes in your jeans.
Once again, part of the beauty of this is in the contrasting textures it creates.
You can get very different effects by varying the colours you use: choose matching blues for a subtle effect, or go as crazy as you like with the colours.
Here’s a gorgeous way to fix that annoying area just where the pocket joins the jeans.
It’s a place that’s really prone to wear, and once you get a tiny hole, it’s likely to get rapidly worse.
We all know that ‘a stitch in time saves nine,’ so it’s important to get it fixed as quickly as possible.
This visible mend works beautifully, and it’s done so neatly that it could be part of the original design.
Custom Iron-On Patches For Jeans.
I’m loving these comic-themed iron-on patches for kids’ jeans.
The tutorial walks you through how to make them for yourself, and you can choose any fabric.
This is another super-simple way to mend jeans, and it’s the perfect quick fix for worn knees on children’s jeans.
I bet you thought darning was just for socks?
This is a less polished version of the needle weaving I showed you earlier, but I think it’s just as lovely.
I like the fact that you can see the worn area of fabric. This is a repair that doesn’t pretend to be anything else.
Whereas you might think some of the other repairs in this post were part of the original design, that’s not a mistake you’d make here.
I like the fun colours used here, and I’m completely in love with the neatly-woven darning stitches.
My Favourite Way To Mend Jeans.
So, what are you waiting for? Go patch some jeans!
My favourite way to mend jeans has usually been a boro-style of patching. My current favourite pair have several patches made from the soft fabric of one of my son’s old sweatshirts.
When they next need repairing, though, I’m really keen to go for some colourful darning like the example above.
I always think that if you’re going for a bold, contrasting kind of mend, it’s a good idea to consider ways to make things look balanced.
Maybe that means adding another patch or two where they aren’t yet needed? Sometimes I’ll add more embroidered motifs, so that they look like part of a grand plan, rather than existing only to mend a hole.
Whatever you choose, I challenge you to own your mending.
Patch your jeans and wear them with pride.
Keep mending them again and again.
Let your clothes tell their own story.