How Do I Patch Stretch Jeans?

Stretch jeans, like this pair on Rosario Dawson, can be patched with the right tools.

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Stylishly destroyed jeans may have become a fashion staple, but not all holes are worthy of showing off. When a tear is unwanted, it needs to be repaired with a patch. But what if your jeans are stretchy? You may not think they can be fixed liked regular jeans, but the process is actually the same. The only difference is the fabric you use to patch up the bad spot and the stitch setting on your sewing machine.


Take your fabric and cut out a square that is big enough to cover the spot you are trying to patch.


Turn your jeans inside-out and pin the square to the jeans so the tear is covered. Make sure the fabric patch is turned right-side down.


Turn your jeans back out. Do it slowly so the pins don't fall out and your patch doesn't come loose from your jeans.


Set the stitch on your sewing machine to a medium-sized zigzag stitch. Zigzag stitches are used on stretchy fabric because they also stretch and won't break.


Sew along the tear in your jeans -- this will simultaneously close up the tear and attach the patch to the inside. If you made the patch too big, go onto the inside of your jeans and trim it down.

Things You'll Need


1.Large piece of stretchy fabric


2.Thread that matches your jeans

4.Straight pins


Tips & Tricks


The fabric you choose for your patch doesn't have to be exactly like your jeans. But it should be similar in color, weight and stretchiness.


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