How to Sew Ripped Jeans

    by Ryn Gargulinski

    About the Author

    Ryn Gargulinski is a writer, artist and performer whose journalism career began in 1991. Credits include two illustrated books, "Bony Yoga" and "Rats Incredible"; fitness, animal, crime, general news and features for various publications; and several awards. She holds a Master of Arts in English literature and folklore and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing with a French minor from Brooklyn College.


    While ripped jeans may be a fashion statement in some age groups, some tears may need sewing repair to salvage a pair of jeans from the rag pile. With a few basic stitches, it's possible to mend a ripped pair of jeans. You may even inject new personality and funky designs into old jeans if you jazz up your jeans with bright stitches or a decorative patch.

    Things You'll Need

    • Scissors
    • Sewing needle
    • Thread (matching or contrasting color)
    • Decorative fabric patch

    Turn the jeans inside out to enable you to view the rip from the wrong side of the fabric.

    Trim off any lengthy fringe surrounding the edges of the rip.

    Align the edges of the rip and pin them together to hold the fabric in place.

    Thread the needle with an 18-inch length of thread. Pull the thread through the needle to make a double length of thread and tie a knot at the ends of the thread.

    Stitch back and forth over the rip into both sides of the fabric to sew the tear. As you stitch, insert the needle at least 1/4-inch away from the tear each time to ensure you stitch in stable denim. Continue stitching until you sew the entire rip. Tie a knot in the thread and trim the excess thread with the scissors.

    Turn the jeans right side out.

    • Consider using a decorative patch on the right side of the fabric after you stitch the rip. Pin the patch in place over the sewn rip and then hand- or machine-stitch around the edges of the patch to sew it in place securely.