My jeans always rip in the exact same place. Right in the crotch area.
In the past, I have had my grandmother patch them up for me. Sometimes the same pair would get repaired several times like the one below.
While folding my laundry last week, I noticed my newest pair of jeans (over a year and a half old) have finally achieved the dreaded crotch rip. I was not shocked or surprised. This was bound to happen eventually.
Besides this tiny hole in a not so noticeable spot, the jeans are just fine. There was no need to fret, I was going to patch them myself!
My sewing skills are even more sub-par than my knitting skills. I can sew buttons and seams together, but nothing this extensive (is this considered extensive?).
Now was my chance to learn a new skill that I could continue to use for years to come!
First, I needed some supplies I did not currently have in my possession.
- pinking shears
I looked up what pinking shears cost and they aren’t too expensive, but so far I have gone my entire life not needing them, so there is no point in making that purchase now. Instead, I chose to borrow a pair from my grandmother. #vintage
After a quick trip to Jo-Anne’s for fusible, I gathered all my supplies and was ready to go.
First things first, I cut out a patch of denim from my now scrap pair of jeans. My plan was basically just to reinforce the crotch/thigh rub area so it would not rip any further.
I figured sewing the patch straight into the seam would help keep the fabric strong. To help, I used fusible, which basically turns your patch into an iron-on. I have never used fusible before and figured it could not hurt my pants any further.
Once the patches were ironed on, it was time to start sewing and this took a much longer time than I had thought! If I had a sewing machine this definitely would have been done sooner, but alas I do not. A used sewing machine is on my wish list (hint hint).
Sewing the patches too frustratingly long. I started this Friday afternoon and did not finish until Sunday evening, but hey, at least I can wear my jeans on Monday!
They aren’t perfect, but I think I did a pretty decent job for my first try and I know I have more to learn.
Have you ever tried to patch your favorite pair of jeans before? Do you have any better suggestions for the next time this happens to me?