How to fix torn jeans pockets

Hey guys and welcome back to my channel!
Today I’m going to be working on another jeans repairment and more
precisely I’m going to be working on a pair with ripped back pockets. I get to
do this one a lot in the studio as well as at home, so I hope you’re going to
like this tutorial. So here’s how I like to do it.
I have two pairs that are ripped at the top of the pockets. In most cases when
there is a tear on one side of the pocket
there’s one on the other side as well, or at least the fabric is getting worn off.
That’s why I always check all four sides. It turns out that I need to work only
under the outsides on both pockets. Here’s what I’m going to use. First, I
need the matching thread that will be as invisible as possible on the jeans
fabric. I am also going to need some denim thread to topstitch over the
pocket. I am using some denim scraps to patch under the torn fabric. Ideally, I
would use scraps that are closer in color to the jeans I’m working on but
this is what I have right now and I’m going to use these much darker ones. To
begin I’m going to break the top stitching over the pockets. I need to
remove just as much of the thread and so I could work on the torn area without
the pockets standing in the way. The most challenging part here is the
bar tack. This is the dense stitching that is usually made at the ends of the seams
on jeans. For unpicking seams, I prefer the clippers but for bar tacks, I like to use
the seam ripper. It goes through the thread easier and helps to keep the
fabric intact. I’m really careful when removing the bar tacks as I don’t want to
damage the fabric any further. And I also want to take off all the unpicked threads
so that they don’t bulk up the sewing area and make it harder to sew over
later. I’m going to repeat with the other
pocket. Now that I have the pockets out of the
the way I’m going to start darning over the ripped part. I’m cutting out two squares.
The size of the patches you need will depend on the size and shape of the
holes. My jeans are torn just under the edges
of the pocket so I’m going to use smaller pieces. Make sure that your
patches are big enough to get under the whole tear as well as the torn fabric
around it so that this repair lasts longer. For these jeans, I would usually prefer
lighter patches as I want the darning to be as invisible as possible. Normally, I
would also use the pinking shears to cut the patches or serge around them to
prevent unraveling. But as I make this fix on the go and for myself, I’m going
to use what I have here. The darning thread and the unraveled
fabric threads, as well as the pocket itself will cover the patch. The patch is
going underneath the fabric and I’m going to sew on the face side. You can
fix the patch in place with some stay tape, pins, or directly with the thread.
It’s up to you. I’m going to use some fabric glue for that purpose. Sometimes,
when I patch jeans and I want the patch to show I use only the fabric glue to
fix it in place. I’ll link to the patching jeans video in the description if you
want to see how to do that. This time, I want to cover the patch completely and I
also, want to darn over it which will strengthen the worn of fabric around the
tear and hold the pocket in place. Darning is my preferred method when
fixing rips at places that are usually prone to more stress like belt loops and
pockets. If you are interested, I’ll link to the belt loop video below as it
follows pretty much the same steps. I’m darning over the torn area with the
matching thread. I’m making many forward and backward stitches while pulling the
fabric slightly so that my stitches also move. I’m going over the worn of fabric
and then repeat with the other side. Now, I need to sew the pocket back in
place. I’m careful to set it right at its original place because these jeans were
dyed after sewing and the pocket placement is very obvious. And, I’m always
trying to make my work less obvious when I make alterations and repairs. Using the denim thread I’m making two
parallel top stitches to sew the pocket in place. I’m locking my stitches in the
beginning and I’m careful to sew exactly over the stitching lines. I also like to
over secure my seam at the end because there’s a lot of stress at the pocket
edge. I do that by locking my seam many times. If you prefer you can try to
restore the bar tack with a very narrow zigzag seam. But keep in mind that there
are many layers of fabric here and you might find that to be a bit challenging. The second line of stitching is easier to
make because the pocket is already set in place. I’m going to repeat with the
other side and I’m done. Here are my fixed pockets. On the face
side, you can hardly tell that there is something that’s been done. It’s much
more obvious on the inside but that’s because I’ve used another color to patch
and I used the denim thread in the bobbin. If you are concerned with the
look on the wrong side, use matching patches and thread that matches the
fabric color. You can now enjoy your favorite pair of
jeans for longer. I have many other “fixing jeans” related videos. If you are
interested, I’ll link to them in the description so you might check them out
as well. I hope you liked this tutorial. If so, give it a like and subscribe. Also
hit the notification bell because in the next video I’m going to show how to take
in the waist of jeans the way we do it for our clients. Thank you so much for
watching this video! I appreciate you very much and I’ll see you in the next
one. Bye guys!

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