How to Fix a Belt Loop on Jeans in 6 Quick & Easy Steps

7 Materials
30 Minutes

Today, I'm going to show you how to fix a belt loop on jeans. If you’re like me, you may have a habit of pulling up your jeans by using the belt loops as a handle. That works great until you tear a belt loop.

If that’s happened to you, then follow along with this tutorial to learn how to fix a ripped belt loop on jeans, even when the tear has gone right through the jeans, leaving a gaping hole!

Tools and materials:

  • Your torn jeans
  • Iron-on denim patches
  • X-Acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Sewing needle and thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Pliers or thimble
How to fix a belt loop

1. Free the torn end of the belt loop

Use an X-Acto knife to completely remove the torn end of the belt loop from your jeans.

Cutting off the frayed threads

2. Cut off frayed threads

Snip off any frayed threads from around the hole.

How to fix a ripped belt loop on jeans with an iron-on denim patch

3. Cut an iron-on denim patch

Cut an iron-on denim patch so it generously covers the hole in your jeans. 

Ironing over the denim patch

4. Iron

Iron the denim patch over the hole on the inside of your jeans.

Sewing over the denim patch

5. Sew over the patch

Use your sewing machine to stitch back and forth all over the patch, especially the part of the patch covering the hole (I call this a “doodle stitch”.)

Use thread that is as close to the original denim jeans as you can get, because these stitches will show on the right side of your jeans.

Hand-sewing the belt loop

6. Hand-sew the belt loop back on

Now you can hand-sew the belt loop back in place on the jeans. It’s quite a thick piece of denim, so you can use a pair of pliers or a thimble to help you get the needle through all that denim.

How to fix a belt loop on jeans

How to fix a belt loop on jeans

Now your belt loop is securely back in place on your jeans, and there’s no hole. That was pretty simple, right? But maybe try to pull on your jeans by the waistband and not the belt loops in the future.

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Suggested materials:
  • Your torn jeans
  • Iron-on denim patches   (Dollar store)
  • X-Acto knife
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  • Reb31257897 Reb31257897 on Apr 27, 2022

    I make patches from old jeans and use transparent nylon thread on the outside of jean. The transparent nylon thread doesn't show as much.

  • Alaine Stacy Alaine Stacy on Apr 27, 2022

    I will definitely be trying this! Only thing about video is she talks way to much. I was bored from the start of the video & had to fast forward to keep from falling asleep. No offense & certainly not trying to hurt anybody's feelings. Definitely not my intent. With all that being said , it 8s a great video. Thanks for sharing.

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