Mending jeans – 2 versions

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Mending jeans – 2 versions

My mom loves to garden but has no gardening manners 😂😂😂 She has the best vegetables all year round and keeps us all fed and healthy 😍. But her gardening comes at the cost of her clothes and shoes 😂. She loves to go down to her garden in her house shoes (🤦🏼‍♀️), sometimes wears no shoes at all, never wore gloves (so dirt under her nails all the time), and crawls around her garden on her knees 😂😆 She’s the best, I love her so much 🌼❤️

Sometimes she gets up in the middle of dinner to water her salads. She’s gold, no?

Anyways, her gardening clothes need to be mended a lot and I love to do it! She keeps me supplied with vegetables, so it’s the least I can do. I’ve mended her clothes the “normal” way a couple of times, so this time, when she gave me 2 jeans to mend, I wanted to do something different and did some visible mending on one of them!

Version 1: standard way of jeans mending

For the normal way of mending your jeans, you’ll need:

  • interfacing (strong one)
  • cotton thread
  • an embroidery hoop (small)
  • sewing machine and quilt foot

Step 1: Iron on interfacing

Step 2: Attach embroidery hoop

Make sure to attach the embroidery hoop the right way, the frame has to be “on low” as I call it: check the picture below. The embroidery hoop ensures that the fabric does not wrinkle when you mend it. Do not skip this step.

Step 3: Prepare your sewing machine

Attach your quilt-foot and lower you feed dogs. Thread your cotton thread, set your machine to a straight-stitch (the length does not matter, you’ll determine that by how much you move the fabric).

Step 4: sew like a crazy person

Put the jeans under the needle and start sewing in straight lines up and down, then turn 45degrees and repeat (= sewing left to right). Do this until the hole or tear is fixed. It takes a while 🤣

Version 2: visible mending

Visible mending is a lot more fun  😂 but it also takes a lot longer. So this is nothing for impatient people.

For visible mending you’ll need:

  • fabric (strong cotton or jeans for instance)
  • jeans thread (or some other thick thread that washes well)
  • sewing machine

Step 1: Prepare the fabric

Cut a piece of fabric and clean up its edges (zig-zag or overlock).

Step 2: Sew your patch on the left side

Sew your patch on the left side of your jeans leg. MAKE SURE TO HAVE THE FABRIC’s RIGHT SIDE POINT UPWARDS. 😂 Make sure you’ve got this right, I almost messed this part up 🤦🏼‍♀️. Now sew along the fabric’s edges. Make sure to sew as close to the edge as possible. 

Step 3: Cut out your torn jeans

After you’ve sewn on the patch, turn the jeans right side out and cut out the piece of jeans that’s torn or worn out. You decide what form you like best.

Step 4: Secure the hole

Now sew the jeans to the fabric. I’ve used a straight stitch and sewed all around the hole, then doubled up with a zig-zag stitch.

(optional) Step 5: Decorate your reversed patch

I used a blanket stitch to decorate the edges of the patch. I did it with jeans thread for some lovely contrast.

(optional) Step 6: Secure the fabric further with some embroidery stitches

I’ve used a chained feather (or rosebud) stitch to add some more whimsy.

Voilà, there you have it: 2 versions of how to mend your jeans. Honestly, I’m going for the visible mending in future. It looks great and is a lot of fun to do (especially since you can do it infront of the TV 😂).




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