Easy Denim Mending Tutorial: How to Repair Damaged Jeans

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15 Minutes

Denim mending projects are the type of tasks many of us put off because they seem so daunting.

So I put together a quick and easy hack to fix a split in your jeans or jacket, without any hand sewing. You won’t believe how simple it is!

Tools and materials:

  • Iron-on fusible interfacing
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
Ironing interfacing

1. Interfacing

Cut a piece of interfacing about 2 inches wider and 2 inches longer than the split.

Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of your garment so that it completely covers the rip and extends 1 inch around it on all sides. 

Leave it to cool.


2. Sewing

Thread your machine with a thread that matches the color of the denim as closely as possible.

Working on the right side of the fabric and from the top of the interfacing to the bottom, place your needle in the garment at one end of the split.

Sew lines of stitches backwards and forwards across the tear from one end to the other.

You can place the stitching very close together or further apart, depending on whether you want to disguise the split or make a feature of it.

Denim repair

Denim mending

A few rips and tears look stylish but sometimes the damage is in the wrong place and needs fixing.

This is a very straightforward way to do it without having to look for matching denim for a patch.

Let me know what you think!

Next, check out my DIY post on the Fibre Mood Madeline Skirt.

Suggested materials:
  • Iron-on fusible interfacing
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine

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  • Linda Linda on Jun 14, 2023

    Last night I used a denim patch on the inside of a pair of jeans for the same reason. Fusible interfacing would have worked so much better. What a great way to mend pants that you want to keep. Thanks for your article.

  • Carol de la Fuente Carol de la Fuente on Jun 15, 2023

    Looks great!!!