How To Mend A Torn Jeans Pocket

by Nicki on April 6, 2011

in Saving Money

I wear blue jeans almost every day. I love them. I also tend to wear them out. The knees tear, they fade and I still wear them. The definite dealbreaker, the very worst – is the tear in the back pocket or crotch. Once that happens I can’t wear them anymore and it’s time to say goodbye.

I got fed up with wearing out my jeans when, just a few weeks ago, a pair of jeans ripped that were only 3 months old!! I was so upset and determined I was going to find a way to fix them. Well, I did it and IT WORKED! I’m ecstatic.

Here’s what the hole looked like. It isn’t a bad hole and it’s right along the edge of the back pocket. I’m sticking my finger through the hole so you can see it, rather than taking a picture with me wearing them. You’re welcome.


The key for being able to fix a hole like this is that you stop wearing the jeans AS SOON AS YOU NOTICE THE HOLE. Don’t continue wearing them around the house until the hole becomes ridiculous. Then it will be a lot more difficult to fix.

So I gathered my supplies. I bought a 2-pack of iron-on denim patches for under $2 in a shade that was close to these jeans. I opted for gray thread, rather than dark blue. I thought the gray might blend in better than blue.


I cut a square from the patch that was larger than the rip but still small enough to manage and then I ironed it on the inside of the jeans – like this. Be sure to iron it very well and form it around the bumps of the pocket. (Once I looked at these pictures, I noticed the bottom edge of the patch wasn’t laying flat and went back to iron it again.)


After I ironed it, I turned it over to look at the hole and it had completely sealed it. I nearly squealed with glee.

Hole sealed

I didn’t get carried away though. These patches have a reputation for coming “un-stuck” after a while. Keeping that in mind, I took the extra measure of sewing the hole. If these jeans didn’t have a flap on the pocket I would have used my sewing machine with a heavy-duty needle and a zig-zag stitch. Because of the flap, I decided to hand-sew it closed. I didn’t do very many stitches because it just didn’t feel necessary. Here’s what it looks like from the inside …


And the finished product from the outside … This is obviously a very close up. It is amazing. They look like they never even had a hole to begin with. I assure you – no one but maybe my husband will be able to see those stitches …


I am very happy with the outcome of these jeans. I’m so happy I have a fall-back option for jeans that tear out on me.

Why I do what I do ~ Chloe is in a super-observant stage. She notices everything about my appearance lately and says things like: “What’s that weird thing on your face? (referring to a pimple)” Right after I finish doing my hair she says, “Mom, your hair looks fuzzy.” Just the confidence boost I need … :) Have you liked Domestic Cents on Facebook yet?

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1 Jason April 7, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Wow. This is amazing. Thanks so much for sharing this!
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2 Becky April 12, 2011 at 10:04 am

Thanks! this is very helpful :D


3 Frugal Living April 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I have done this several times because I have not wanted to buy brand new jeans


4 kip December 27, 2011 at 7:55 am

what if the hole is about the length of my pocket? I guess I waited too long. The jeans are my favorite and I onlyh had them about a month before it happened. Toss em???


5 Nicki December 30, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I’d say give it a shot! If the whole pocket is ripped, what do you have to lose? :) Good luck!


6 olivia February 5, 2012 at 2:58 pm

My rip was larger than yours along the pocket seam and also a little above the pocket, so the end result is not as pretty as yours… but still not too bad, not too bad at all! Thanks for the tips.


7 Erica July 22, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Thank you for this post! I now will save a pair of jeans I got with this tip.


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