DIY: Patching Jean Shorts

Source: Photo by J Williams on Unsplash

I found my perfect pair of jean shorts two years ago and they are still my favorite pair. Actually, they are my only pair of jean shorts because I donated the rest of them. They are a pair of “Supplies by Union Bay” shorts I picked up at Nordstrom Rack, and when I first got them they were lightly distressed.

However, like most ‘distressed’ jeans it was only a matter of time before they got AGGRESSIVELY distressed. So here we are two years later and the white netting stuff that is behind the holes is showing. Here it is right after I cut it out:

Ick! I’ve blogged about patching up holes before (Quick & Easy DIY: Patching Some Over-Distressed Jeans), so I figured now was the perfect time to patch again.

Jack hasn’t grown out of any jeans lately, so I picked up a kid pair with a denim wash I liked for just $4 at the thrift store with the idea of ripping them apart for patches. Even after this project, I still have plenty of fabric left, so the $4 investment was a steal!

If you haven’t patched a hole before, it’s super easy. You just pin on the new fabric inside the item and then sew around the hole and trim off any extra patching. I had lavender thread in my sewing machine and I’m lazy, so if you look close you can see where I stitched:

The whole project took less than 10 minutes and I’m so happy that my favorite pair of jean shorts are here to live another day. I really like how the darker denim peeks out of the distressing too. A much better look than that white netting stuff!

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2 thoughts on “DIY: Patching Jean Shorts”

  1. This brings back bad memories of putting my toot through a hole in my jeans. Ick. I can still feel that. Not a good feeling.

    You did a great job, though. No bad memories for you!

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