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  1. Nena says

    Wow-I wish I learned this about a year ago. My boys always seem to come to me with repairs like this and I did not know what to do. Most of the time I would just trash them. No more now!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Winnie says

    That was a good idea to leave the original frayed threads on there! After the pants have been through the wash a few times anything that’s still showing can carefully be trimmed away. And the pocket flap patch stitching just looks like there’s a piece of Velcro under there!! I couldn’t tell you how many times I have spent the gas money looking and looking for the right color thread only to come home empty-handed and then find it in my own stash! I guess it’s a universal thing! Thanks for the tutorial – there’s still always stuff to still be learned.

  3. Erin says

    Until recently, I’d never seen a tear like this one. It really shouldn’t be a fatigue point. Unfortunately, The boys aren’t wearing their pants as high as they should (even the ones who don’t have their boxers hanging out of the top!) and I am having to deal with the same problem for my son who has to squat down for work…he is constantly tearing the crotch of his work pants. Threw away the first pair as a lost cause, but refused to do it again, so I figured out something similar. I even reinforced with denim on the inside. My other son, who doesn’t live at home any longer, keeps destroying his jeans doing the same, but won’t being them to be repaired. It seems like such a waste.

  4. Summer says

    I appreciate the information about sourcing a matching patch from the garment. This is something I’ve never thought of! I will be subscribing to your e-mail updates. I don’t know much about garment or household sewing, but it’s always a good time to learn!

  5. Ann says

    Excellent tutorial! If your thread match is close enough you can also duplicate the diagonal weave of the fabric with some careful back and forth straight stitching. I’ve been doing this with blue jean repairs for awhile now and if the thread is a good match the diagonal stitching makes the original repair disappear into the fabric. Try it on denim or khaki scraps to nail the technique. It’s totally worth it!

  6. Angela Hirsch says

    I am so happy I found this repair tutorial! That is the exact place my son constantly tears his pants out. All he wears is this type of cargo pants or shorts and I have tried other ways, but was never successful. Also, as I made a resolution over 3 years ago to only buy my own clothing from thrift stores, I am always on the look out on ways to expand and lengthen the use of houshold members clothes. Thank you!

  7. Laura Altes says

    Great! I do this type of repair all the time with my children (grown children) and they don’t seem to mind that it looks like a patch. They don’t want to give up the favorite, broken in, pair of jeans. I do try to keep the thread and patching fabric matching the garment as much as possible. I swear, my son had me do so many patches on the seat of one of his pair of jeans that I finally just took them and then threw them away. I was embarrassed to be seen with him wearing that patched pair.

  8. Dana says

    I have been repairing clothing for many years. I remember as a teenager fixing my older brother’s jeans, I accidentally sewed the tip of the front pocket into the crotch seam that I’d repaired. He wore them that way all day at work and then brought them to me saying, “These just don’t feel right anymore!!” I had sewed and resewed the seam so many times for a strong repair I wound up cutting off the pocket and sewing it closed. But in all these years (35+) I’ve never thought to “rob” matching material from the clothing itself! Thanks for the tip!!

  9. Carol says

    Something that I do with the patch that I am going to use on the rip/tear, etc. is that I serge around all edges before I use the patch. That eliminates any raveling of the patch on the inside of the garment. I, too, have a son that rips out his pants at the crotch when he squats down so I am familiar with this kind of repair work.

  10. Lynn says

    I am so glad I found this! My husband just ripped an almost new pair of jeans at work recently and we thought they were a lost cause as it ripped where the fabirc separated next to the seam from just below the zipper into the crotch. We new there was no way to fix the seam and it be durable and weren’t sure how to go about patching it in a non-obvious way that would not make them uncomfortable to wear. This should do wonderfully! Thank you so much for posting it!

      • Charlotte says

        Thanks for the suggestion. I’m okay with the material for the patches (I just use pieces of jeans that are too worn to repair). My problem is with trying to sew them in place using my sewing machine. I want zigzag stitching to make them secure and tough enough for a very active little boy. The only way I know of to do it is to wiggle my way into the pant leg from above, the way my mother used to. I keep thinking someone will invent a small sewing machine to do this, but the mending machines I’ve seen are not recommended for heavy fabrics (and they’re not small enough anyway). I use iron-on adhesive to hold the patch in place while I stitch inside the leg. Not easy but it gets the job done.

        Thanks again for answering!!

        • Helen says

          Turn the trouser leg inside out. Unpick the middle of the inside leg seam (easy with a seam ripper) so that you can access the patch with your machine. This should be a simple straight seam that is super easy to sew up after you have mended the hole. If it has been overlocked you can zig zag the edges of the fabric too.

  11. Ann W. says

    I take the torn jeans to a place such as the Salvation Army if I don`t have extra fabric. ( places such as this often have jeans that are too ragged to sell and will give away the pants for free ), I search the jeans for a closely colored faded spot and use it for patching.

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