Mending Mondays - Patching and reinforcing tattered, broken in jeans

Mending Mondays: patching tattered broken in style jeans

For my first Mending Monday post, I am focusing on patching jeans (the tattered, broken-in style to be specific.)

My husband kept commenting that he must have lost his jeans in our move (last year.) It turns out he lost them to my mending and up-cycling piles.

He has jeans are (apparently) perfectly broken in and he doesn't care what they look like. But I know that if he keeps wearing them in his usual fashion, the rips will get huge and render the jeans unfit for public display. After 3 pairs with at least 4 tears in each, I perfected the patching of the tattered style jean. 

The denim patch on these tattered, broken in jeans is barely visible.

The denim patch on these tattered, broken in jeans is barely visible.

The inside of a pair of patched jeans.

The inside of a pair of patched jeans.

 

 

This picture shows the inside of a pair of mended jeans.

I cut large pieces of denim (from a beyond repair pair of jeans.) The denim of the patch is soft and worn in.

 

 

 

 

Detail of a denim patch.

Detail of a denim patch.

 

 

 

 

 

The key to patching a broken in, tattered style jean is to have thread match the jeans. This photo is the underside, bobbin thread.

 

 

 

 

 

First pin the cut patch underneath the jeans. Make sure the patch is large enough to fit under all areas that are worn and fraying. This made for quite a large patch on the upper leg (below the interior pocket) of these jeans.

Next sew back and forth to secure the worn top piece of denim (the actual jeans) to the bottom.  Use the reverse feature on the machine. Also, be certain to use a denim needle.

Machine sewing a denim patch to tattered jeans.

Machine sewing a denim patch to tattered jeans.

On left, a small hole. On right, the patched hole.

On left, a small hole. On right, the patched hole.

Denim jean patch final

Above you can see the finished repaired jeans. 

The stitching blends into the denim and reinforced the tattered jeans, which keeps them from over-ripping.

I hope this helps you tackle your mending pile!

Do you have a specific, frustrating mending project you are not quite sure how to start? Please leave a comment below and I will help you attack your mending pile.