How to add an interior patch to denim

I love the trend right now of distressed denim. Love. It. I’m lucky enough to work at a place that not only allows people to dress on-trend with whatever crazy things are ‘in’ right now, but one that encourages it.

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What I don’t like, is when there’s a distressed hole above my knee. I mean call me conservative, but nobody needs to see my thigh flesh. Especially not at work.

I have a pair of distressed denim from J.Crew that I added patches to when I bought them last year. Visuals:

denim patch

denim patch

denim patch

Then I just got this pair on super-sale at Nordstrom and decided to add some sweet cat fabric as patches. Here’s a little tutorial on how to do this yourself, if you’re so inclined.

denim patch

Here are the holes before I patched them:

denim patch

denim patch

denim denim patch

Step 1. Cut fabric for patches about 1/2″ bigger on all sides of each hole.

denim patch

Step 2: Cut double-sided fusible interfacing to be the same size as the fabric pieces.

denim patch

Step 3: Trace around outside of hole onto back of double-sided fusible interfacing.

denim patch

Step 4: Cut out the middle.

denim patch

Step 5: Following manufacturer’s instructions, adhere interfacing to front side of fabric. Peel off paper.

denim patch

denim patch

Step 6: Turn pants inside-out and following manufacturer’s instructions, adhere patch around outside of hole.

denim patch

denim patch

Step 7: Using a zig-zag stitch, sew around the outside of each hole.

denim patch

denim patch

denim patch

 

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