How to Sew Together Ripped Jeans

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What You'll Need
Ripped jeans
Sewing machine
Fabric pen

Ripped jeans are a fashion statement for some people, but an annoyance to others. If you want to "heal" your jeans, follow these simple sewing tips.

Step 1- Measure the Gap

Take the jeans and lay them flat on a table or a workbench. Look at the hole and measure the dimensions of this gap. Write these measurements down, then add about 1/2 inch to each measurement since you may need more fabric to close up the opening.

Step 2 - Trim Away the Fraying Edges

To get a clear picture of how big the hole actually is, start by removing the frayed edges in the rip. You might find the rip is jagged and needs to be evened out in order to make sewing easier. If you notice some of the denim is missing, you may want to use a patch or piece of denim instead of sewing together the jeans. If the rip is even, you will be able to sew up the rip.

Step 3 - Use a Patch to Cover Up the Rip

If you want to make the sewing process simple, you can use a patch to cover the hole in your jeans. Simply iron on the patch to the outside of the jeans and you’re done.

Or you can sew a patch onto the hole and cover it up that way. Pin the patch into place before you sew or iron it on, ensuring the edges are flat against the fabric. Try on the jeans before ironing or sewing to double-check the placement.

Step 4 - Sew the Tear or Rip Closed

When the rip is clean, you can simply sew the non-frayed edges together with a sewing machine. Hold the edges together and sew with a simple zigzag stitch. This will ensure the weakness in this part of the jeans is not going to lead to more rips in this area.

Go over the area several times to make sure the stitches are holding the fabric together. Choosing a thread that is close to the color of the jeans will hide the stitches.

Alternative: Turn the Jeans into Shorts or a Skirt

If the rip in the jeans is too large, you might consider turning the jeans into a pair of shorts or a skirt. Start by ripping out the seams of the jeans when you want to create a skirt.

Lay these new pieces flat on a table and pin them together to create a skirt shape, filling in any gaps with fabrics or other pieces of denim.

For shorts, simply cut the jeans off by following marks you make when you’re wearing the jeans. This way, you won’t create shorts that are too short.

You can fix ripped jeans by sewing them back together, or you might look at torn denim as the starting point of a "new" piece of clothing.