Easy fix for repairing distressed jeans

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.)

Are your distressed jeans falling apart? Keep wearing them with this easy patch idea. {OneCreativeMommy.com} #distresseddenim #sewingtips #diy

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.

Are your distressed jeans falling apart? Keep wearing them with this easy patch idea. {OneCreativeMommy.com} #distresseddenim #sewingtips #diy

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.

Are your distressed jeans falling apart? Keep wearing them with this easy patch idea. {OneCreativeMommy.com} #distresseddenim #sewingtips #diy

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).

Thanks for stopping by today. You might like some of my other sewing (and no-sew) tutorials as well. The images below are linked to posts, so click on them to check them out.

I love this easy dress refashion for Summer! Learn how to shorten sleeves the easy way and stretch your clothing budget for Summer. {OneCreativeMommy.com} #easysewing #dressrefashion #upcycle #frugal #tutorial

Turn any blanket into a travel blanket perfect for an airplane or the beach with this simple video tutorial {OneCreativeMommy.com} #tutorial #travelblanket Travel Blanket Video Tutorial

How to Add Length to a Dress or Skirt with Ribbon Tutorial {Full Instructions and Lots of Pictures} OneCreativeMommy.com #sewinghack #frugal

Make this simple Peter Pan Shadow Costume with fabric scraps and thrift store finds! So Easy! {OneCreativeMommy.com} Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids

Get ready for the new Star Wars movie with this easy DIY Rey Costume! {OneCreativeMommy.com} DIY Halloween Costume Idea

Happy sewing!



  1. I will have to do this! Natalie has a hole in one of her favorite jeans and she can’t wear them to school thanks to a dress code. This might fix them up!

  2. This is good that the wholes can be fixed. I bet your daughter was happy for that.

    • Thanks for your comment, Tara. My daughter was very happy. You wouldn’t believe how many places I’ve repaired on those jeans! (Mostly from the inside to patch places that weren’t supposed to have holes!

  3. Enriqueta E Lemoine says

    I love this. I hate when whole in jeans don’t look good anymore, specially because these are the most expensive jeans! Thanks for sharing!

    • I know just what you mean, Enriqueta. It’s silly that torn up jeans cost more than the others. I guess we’re paying for them to get roughed up and not last as long.

  4. Simple but functional idea. I also always find an idea to give my clothes a second life.

  5. What a great idea! I love the distressed look of jeans…but, have always struggled with some of the holes becoming to big. Now, I know what to do, thanks for sharing!

    • I know what you mean, Ceci. There’s nothing like buying a pair of jeans that you love and then having the holes get so big that you can’t wear them anymore. For that much money, I want the jeans to last!

  6. What a great idea! I’d never have though of that. I’ll have to dig out my jeans and see what I can do!

  7. I have never owned distressed denim, and pretty certain I never will. I would select the “no sew” option if I did.

  8. That is super creative and it works!!! The jeans look super cool if you ask me. Awesome idea.

  9. Great idea, I have a pair with a similar whole. Thank you!

  10. Such lovely and creative ideas. My little one comes home now and then with a hole in her pants.

  11. I totally love what you did on your distressed jeans! Will do the same when I get holes on my favorite pants. haha

  12. By the way, hope you can also allow us to leave our links.

  13. This is such a great idea. I have a pair of distressed jeans that I love but have been noticing some of the holes looking a little more distressed than before. Now I know how to fix it.

  14. Simple and creative ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Comments make me happy!