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Boyfriend jeans are so trendy right now, and there are so many amazing pairs out there. But although I love distressing probably more than most people, some pairs tend to have full holes up on my thighs, which I want to keep covered up.

Instead of shying away from a killer pair of jeans (like these) because of a hole up higher than you’d like, try a patch! It’s such an easy quick fix that you’ll have done in less than ten minutes.

Click “READ MORE” below to find the full tutorial!

storebought denim patch (or piece of matching denim)
matching thread
small square of cotton (optional)
STEP 1. Prep all your materials. Turn your jeans inside out.
Step 2. Cut small pieces of the stitch witchery bonding tape and place them around the hole in your jeans (it’s hard to see in the picture below, but look closely and you’ll see the tape). The tape is just to hold your patch before sewing it permanently in place.
NOTE: if you bought a self adhesive patch (which I did since it was the best color match), cut a piece of cotton to the size of your patch. We’ll stick it on in a minute to cover up the sticky side of the patch.
Lay the patch face down on the hole (over the fusible tape) and iron in place using the instruction on the tape package. Now peel off the adhesive paper on the back of the patch and stick your square of cotton on it.
Step 3. Now turn your pants right side out and press on the other side to secure the fusible tape. It should now look like this.

Step 4. With the jeans still right side out, slide your pants leg carefully onto your sewing machine and sew around the hole to secure it in place. Use a small straight stitch and go back and forth in a zigzag pattern, on and off of the edge of the hole.

It’s best to make your stitches random so the patch blends nicely with the rest of the jeans. Also, make sure you don’t sew too much over the frayed edges of the hole since that makes it more obvious. You can see how I did my stitches below.

Step 5. Cut the edges of the patch to make it as small as possible. and you’re done!


  1. Natali says:

    Wonderful casual outfit! I like your jeans and bag so much!


  2. Shae says:

    Love this! Such a great thing to know how to do!

    Shae @ Current Habits

  3. Emmett says:

    I really need to do this – i have too many jeans and denim shorts that the distressing has ripped in the wash and I feel the holes are a bit too revealing. such a good idea!

    Emmett – Hippie Lace

  4. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    Such a great idea! I usually pass on distressed jeans for this reason but that is such an easy fix!



  5. Jazzy4Grace says:

    Great post! I’ve been slowly falling in love with boyfriend jeans, but many have such huge rips! I don’t like showing off that area, so this was very helpful! Thank you,
    Jazzy (http://thetruthsofmyheart.wordpress.com)

  6. so good to know! also your hair looks amazing! XO



    You look gorgeous! Love the jeans!


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