cat and mouse
a technique to cunningly patch jeans
the jean dilemma
You have a pair of very cool jeans that you love and fit well, but suddenly they are disintegrating into anannoying mess of holes and rips. You want to maintain the fashionably distressed look of the jeans butthey desperately need mending.
Mend them by sensitively integrating your stitches and handwork with the worn denim texture. Tomake them durable and chic you will fuse and patch on the inside and then re-enforce with stitching inthe worn areas, blending your handwork harmoniously with the intrinsically cool, naturally worn look.If you have some general sewing experience then you can easily mend your jeans with this technique.
the sewing materials
medium weight, white iron-on fusing (enough to generously fit the area you are patching)
cotton, medium weight fabric for the inside patch (same amount as fusing)
note: This is a decorative feature seenonly on the inside. Choose a fabric that reflects the style of the wearer and the jeans. The plaid used in the photos is agood unisex solution, but maybe you aremending pants for a young girl, where a printed floral would delight the wearer,or a soft corduroy.
cotton thread that matches your jeans
note: choose a shade that blends withthe worn area you will be mending. Jeans vary broadly in colors and shades,and well matched thread is important for the look.
contrasting thread color for basting
general sewing materials including:scissors, straight pins, hand sewingneedle, sewing machine with a
“denim sewing needle”, iron, ironing
board, ruler or tape measure, seamripper.