I've finally gotten used to the distressed jeans trend, and I like it. What I don't like is that the jeans wear out way too quickly. The holes in the denim look great--until they don't. When the holes get too big for the school dress code, it's time for a quick fix. Here's how I patch holes in distressed denim. (I have a no-sew option as well.)
How to Patch Distressed Jeans
My daughter's shorts were super cute when we got them. They had small holes on the front pockets where the white pocket showed through. Eventually, the holes got bigger, and instead of a pocket, it was skin showing through. Besides the fact that I don't want my daughter to have holes that high on her jeans, it's against school dress code. If your pants have holes, they have to be below the fingertips.
These were my daughter's favorite shorts, and it was close to winter weather, so I really didn't want to replace them. Luckily, the fix was really easy. I'll show you my way to patch holes in distressed denim, and then I'll give you some other options as well.
I wanted to make it look like her pocket was showing through the hole, so I grabbed a pair of jeans that was headed to Good Will and cut off an inside pocket. I used that as the patch for the giant hole.
All I did was pin it on and stitch it down. I started out on the sewing machine, but the location of the hole was too difficult for the machine to reach. I stitched the rest by hand.
Easy No-sew Option
If you don't like to sew, try liquid stitch instead. It's a fabric glue, so it will keep sticking even after clothes are washed and dried. If I had thought of it sooner, I would have tried it instead of sewing.
There is one other option that I might try next time. I've noticed at Old Navy that a lot of the men's distressed jeans have a different color of denim behind the holes. I really like that look, so I'll try that next time. I have a closet full of too-small jeans (that I keep hoping I'll fit into someday), so it would be really easy to find some extra denim.
That's it! Super easy, and now her shorts can last through the season. I hope this works for you. I'd love to hear your ideas in the comments.
If you'd rather just replace your denim, check out these cute options (*affiliate links).
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