Everyone has had a favorite pair of jeans that they have ripped. It can be so frustrating, especially if the rip is not on a seam! Knees, butt, and crotch rips are the most common, and those are the repairs that can be really difficult to fix. Well, there’s good news for you! You don’t have to throw those jeans out any longer. Almost any one can repair difficult rips and tears! I will show you how easy it is!
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In order to fix a rip or tear that is not on a seam, you will need the following things:
- Fabric that can be used as a patch. I tend to use “sweat shirt” material that is woven on one side, but fleecy on the other, It doesn’t matter too much what material you use, but you want it to be on the sturdier side and to not fray.
- Steam-A-Seam2 Double Stick Fusible Tape or Steam-A-Steam2 Double Stick Fusible Sheets
- Sewing machine with zig-zag or repair stitch OR a needle and thread for hand stitching.
- Towel or material to use for ironing
Here’s what you do:
- Flip the garment inside out, Iron the rip closed to make sure it lays together as flat as possible.
- Cut out a piece of patch fabric at least a 1/2 larger on all sides then the rip. This could be in any shape needed to cover the rip.
- Lay the fabric patch on a fusible sheet. (You can use the fusible tape if the rip isn’t too big.) Cut the fusible sheet to match the size and shape of your patch fabric. Peel the paper backing off of one side of the fusible sheet and adhere it to the woven side of the patch fabric. Peel the other piece of paper backing off the fusible sheet to expose the sticky side.
- Put the patch fabric with the sticky side of the fusible sheet face down, toward the rip. Be sure to check that the rip is completely covered by the patch/ fusible sheet, and that the rip has 1/2″ extra patch surrounding it. Make sure the rip is laying flat, and that you gently press the patch to the rip.
- Lay a small towel over the patch, and allow the hot iron to press down on the rip. Hold for a few seconds. (Follow the specific directions on the package of fusible sheet as well. )
- With a sewing machine or by hand, stitch over the rip to reinforce the rip. This will also make sure the patch will stay on over time, and after many washings.
It’s that simple! Save your clothes! Fix your rips!