Zig-zag Patch

Patch your jeans with some stylish zig-zag stitching.
Author: Brittany McCrigler   Time Required: 10 - 15 minutes   Difficulty: Easy
Step 1
  • Examine the damage. Clip any long, loose threads, and remove any debris from the hole.
  • Measure the length and width of the hole.
  • In our case it looks like 2" by 1".
Step 2
  • Grab a scrap of denim or other heavy-weight fabric and mark your measurements plus one inch in each direction.
  • In our case it will be 3" by 2".
  • Cut the scrap into a rectangle the dimensions of your new measurements.
Step 3
  • Insert the rectangle of fabric into the jean leg and position it under the hole.
  • Be sure that you put the rectangle of fabric in the pant leg and not behind it—you only want to work on one layer of fabric.
Step 4
  • Thread your sewing machine with your desired thread color.
  • Slide the pant leg onto the arm of the sewing machine.
  • You may need to remove the sewing machine table for the pant leg to fit over the arm.
  • Be sure that the pant leg is around the arm of the sewing machine. If both layers are stacked on one another, you will sew the pant leg shut.
Step 5
  • Check that the rectangle of fabric is still laying flat, centered beneath the hole.
  • Lower the pressor foot.
  • Sew a straight line over the hole going about five stitches past the damage.
Step 6
  • Lift the pressor foot.
  • Rotate the jean leg a few degrees toward the center of the hole.
  • Lower the pressor foot.
  • Engage the backstitch function on your sewing machine, and sew a straight line back over the hole, going about five stitches beyond the damage.
Step 7
  • Repeat steps five and six, continuing to rotate and sew lines of stitching back and forth until you cover the entire hole.
Step 8
  • When you are satisfied with your stitching, backstitch two or three stitches.
  • Lift the needle and pressor foot.
  • Slide the jean leg off of the sewing machine.
Step 9
  • Clip any dangling threads and admire your work.
Step 10
  • Still not satisfied? Alrighty, let's add some decorative stitching the other way.
  • This is completely optional. If you are happy with your work, you can stop here.
  • Slide the pant leg back onto the arm of the sewing machine, making sure that the leg goes around the arm.
Step 11
  • Carefully rotate the jean leg 90 degrees.
  • Be sure that there is only one layer of fabric (plus the rectangle) between the sewing machine and the needle, or else you will sew the pant leg shut.
Step 12
  • Lower the pressor foot.
  • Sew a straight line of stitching over the damaged area.
Step 13
  • Just like before, at the end of each line of stitching, lift the pressor foot, rotate the jeans a few degrees, and sew another line of stitching.
  • When you are happy with the way that the stitching looks, backstitch two or three stitches.
Step 14
  • Lift the pressor foot and needle.
  • Slide the pant leg off the arm of the sewing machine.
Step 15
  • Clip any dangling threads.