How to fix Ripped Jeans without a Sewing Machine

Ripped jeans are in fashion now and often people pay more to get ripped denim than a non-ripped and finished one. But in case you are not a fan of ripping style and wish not to get such one in your closet, and yet your favourite branded old denim has got torn, and that too in an odd place, then we will show you how you can work on it to get the tears repaired or make the jeans wearable.

Denim is a bit hard to sew in machines, and the regular machines often get damaged if you try to sew your jeans through it. The needle can break or other things may happen. If you choose to use torn jeans and yet do not want to torture your sewing machine for that purpose, then there are other ways you may look for. As repairing jeans through a sewing machine is complicated and time and energy taking, but you can check the hand sewing technique too.

How to fix Ripped Jeans without a Sewing Machine

How to Fix Ripped Jeans without a Sewing Machine

To keep the activity simple you can work with patches of the same colour or almost same coloured denim pieces. Or else you can create a sporty and fun look by adding a different coloured piece of denim to the torn part of the old denim.

Things that are required to do the patchwork:

  • Fabric piece
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Fabric pins

The steps to be followed are:

  1. First, you need to cut a patch or piece out from the same coloured or different coloured fabric. It will be slightly larger than the tear or hole made in your denim. No need to exactly measure the hole and the piece of fabric but try to measure it by eyeing the piece of fabric and then after cutting it out, make sure that the piece is larger than the hole by placing it over the torn area. Do not bother much about the shape as the piece will be sewn by the backside and thus will not be seen totally from the outside.
  2. Now turn the jeans inside out, so the wrong side of the jeans can be worked with. Now place the piece of fabric on the hole, and also keep it on the upside-down, making the side turning away from you.
  3. Place the fabric pins on the piece of fabric at least 2 inches apart from each other. These pins will help the piece of fabric to stay in place and so you can hand sew it easily.
  4. Put a thread into the needle, the thread should be colour coordinated and as long as twice the length of the perimeter, do not forget to tie a knot at the end of the thread or unless it may go away when you will try to sew with it.
  5. Start sewing the piece of fabric by using a straight stitch or blanket stitch to sew the patch to the torn denim. Finish the job by tying a knot at the end of the cut thread. These stitches and the knots will not be visible after you wear the jeans as all these are on the other side of the jeans.


After finishing the sewing and cutting of thread, take out the fabric pins. Use the needle to take the pins out and do not sew over the pins, unless the stitches will be undone when you try to take out the needles. If you prefer the patchwork look, then you can sew the patches on the right side of the denim to see a contrasting look over the hole of the denim.


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