How to Fix Holes in Jeans Without Sewing

by Demetrius Sewell ; Updated September 28, 2017

Patching jeans is a solution to wearing jeans with holes. Images

Damage to jeans occurs for many reasons like normal wear and tear or you may have ripped them as you rubbed against a sharp edge. Whatever the reason for the holes, you don’t have to become a fashion designer and make them into a pair of jean shorts. You don’t have to throw the jeans away either. Instead, you can fix holes in jeans -- without using needle, thread or a sewing machine. Using patches to eliminate the holes in jeans takes less time and skill. There’s no threading a needle, sewing fabric or hoping that your work stays in place -- permanently.

Purchase fabric patches that match the hue of your jeans. You can generally find fabric patches at your local grocery store or retail outlet.

Turn the jeans inside out. You want the inside of the jeans -- the part of your jeans that show when you’re wearing them -- facing you.

Turn on the iron to allow enough time for it to warm up. It typically takes about five minutes for an iron to become hot. The iron must hot enough to melt the fabric patch onto your jeans.

Spread the jeans onto a hard surface such as an ironing board.

Prepare the jeans. You want to close the hole as much as you can. For example, if the hole has fabric hanging or loose, frayed ends, straighten the piece out so that it doesn’t hinder you from covering the entire hole in the jeans.

Position the patch over the hole of the jeans. Press the hot iron onto the patch and the jeans to secure it in place. Hold the hot iron in place for approximately 10 seconds to test it. You want to make sure the patch is melting into the jeans. Place the hot iron on the jeans for another 25 seconds to permanently heat the patch onto the jeans. Let the jeans sit for about three minutes to cool off.


  • Depending on the size of the patch, you may want to cut it to fit the area of the hole.

    The patch may come with a protective sticker attached to the adhesive side of the patch. Remove the protective cover before positioning it onto the jeans.

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About the Author

Demetrius Sewell is an experienced journalist who, since 2008, has been a contributing writer to such websites as Internet Brands and print publications such as "Cinci Pulse." Sewell specializes in writing news and feature articles on health, law and finance. She has a master's degree in English.