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In this post I show how to fix ripped pant knees that look amazing. My sister came to me with a favorite pair of ripped pants. The ripped knees had grown bigger and now didn’t look so great anymore. We looked through my pile of fabric swatches that I keep. We found a perfect fabric to mend these holes in her ripped pant knees.
Since these pants had an allover print of camo, we went with a more neutral fabric patch. The method I chose for this is to add the patches inside the ripped pant knees to showcase the ripped edges of the holes.
You don’t need a lot for this project! You can cut an old woven short, or jeans for your fabric patches if you don’t have any other fabric swatches available.
Below are the supplies I used. The rotary cutter, matt and clear ruler were game changers for me. If you think you will be doing additional sewing projects I would highly recommend these items.
- Fiskars Classic (45mm) Comfort Loop Rotary Cutter
- Fiskars Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
- O’Lipfa 66636 Ruler with Lip Edge, 4 x 36-Inch
- 104 Pcs Premium Sewing Kit, Portable Needle and Thread Kit
- Fabric swatches – Etsy has some fun ones!
This project was easy to do, and doesn’t require a ton of skill, supplies or know how. Just follow these easy steps to achieve a similar look on a pair of ripped pant knees that you may want to repurpose for a refresh look.
Steps on how to fix ripped pant knees
- Turn pants inside out
- Place a cardboard sleeve in leg( I used a cereal box and cut it in half for each leg). This prevents you from sewing both sides of the pants together.
- Cut your patches so that they are bigger than the actual hole and gives you a sewing allowance to stitch.
- I sewed the patches from the inside and used a blind stitch method so that the square patch wouldn’t be visible in the front.
- Once these patches are sewn around, turn your pants right side.
- Place the cardboard sleeves back in the legs. I then made a 4 ply thread and sewed a running stitch around the frayed areas. This has two purposes: One, to better secure the swatch to the frayed hole and two, adds another decorative detail.
- I liked the flap, so I anchored it down with a few more decorative flower stitches. You can also check out this previous post HERE where I used an embroidered running stitch detail to fix these jeans.
Because I used this embroidered swatch, I was concerned that the stitches on the swatch would be uncomfortable on the inside and rub on my sister’s knees. I had a thin soft woven fabric that I used a craft glue and spread a very thin layer and stuck on the embroidered swatches. This added a barrier against the rough decorative fabric we chose for these ropped pants.
So Simple and easy anyone can do this! So many different ways to fix ripped pants. Just a little imagination and you will have your own unique pair of repurposed ripped pants for your closets.