I’ve managed to get more wears out of my jeans than any mending job I’ve ever done. Thanks to all who came!
1) Always patch up a hole with the same material that that item is made of. Deciding that these jeans were worn out beyond repair, I cut them up to use as patches in my other pants.
2) Line up the grain (match up the direction of the lines on the jean fabric)
3) If you want to just patch up a hole, put the patch on the inside and stitch on the outside. Don’t be afraid to remove the pocket with a seam ripper if you want it to be really professional. It’s easy to sew back on.
5) Stitch around your patch. Do it twice, within about a centimetre of each one. Trim off any excess fabric from the patch.
6) Go back and forth with a single stitch that looks like a zig zag through the rip. It’ll ensure reinforcement.
7) It’s more fun to mend with friends !
On a side note, oak leaves dye wool wonderfully!