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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the Straw Badge in Textiles.

For this BB, you will mend a hole in a skirt or pants.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- repair a hole in a skirt or pants
- use natural materials like cotton or wool

To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (less than two minutes):
- show the skirt or pants with the hole to be repaired
- show the tools and materials
- show the repair in progress
- show your skirt or pants with the hole repaired
- describe how you will mend the hole (optional)

Holes in clothing can be mended in various ways. They can be darned, patched, or hidden with embroidery. The following articles and videos will give you some ideas for your repair.

Related Articles:
Machine darning holes in pants

Related Videos:
How to Fix Holes in Jeans: 6 ways to repair ripped & torn jeans


How to Mend Jeans with Sashiko Embroidery


Hand Embroidery - How to Use Boro/Sashiko Stitches to Mend Holes

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Never mended pants before, but I did two today! Woohoo! Here's one of them.
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Needed to mend a hole in my jeans knee. Decided to patch it and add sashiko. Drew a design and began stitching.
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Voila
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Here is another rip in one of my pants that need to be repaired.
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Leggings with an unfortunate cluster of holes worn through. I used a strong cotton thread, doubled over, and a ladder stitch. The placement makes the mending itself mostly invisible when worn, and now I’m not afraid the hole will grow any more.
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The hole and the tools
The hole and the tools
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In progress. One hole finished, the other half finished
In progress. One hole finished, the other half finished
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And done! It doesn’t look brand new, but it’s functional again
And done! It doesn’t look brand new, but it’s functional again
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Well this was challenging! I think the last time I did anything like this was in cubs, 40 years ago.

I bought these trousers on Debop for 5 bucks two years ago. They were definitely well loved and are my go to summer trousers when I want long trousers to avoid mossie bites in the garden. A belt loop ripped a while back, so when I saw this badge, I thought I’d fix them.

I closed up the whole with a thin strong thread and then stitched the loop back with a much thicker thread. My fingers are tender . . . Need one of those finger guard thingies . . . Thimble! That’s the word . . . Here are the steps I took.

(A big thank you to Nicole Alderman who helped me put this task in it's proper place)


















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I'd already mended these pants once, and I wasn't too thrilled with how it turned out. Since it got another--larger--hole, I decided to try patching! since thee are stretchy, knit cotton pants, I wanted to carefully reinforce the area. I've found that if I make a small, tight mend on cloth like this, it just pulls at the edge of the stitches, and makes more holes! So, I intentionally made the stitching loose.

Here's hoping the mend lasts more than one or two wears before gaining a new hole!
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Previous mend, and heart patch cut out of other stretchy fabric (her old pants that don't fit)
Previous mend, and heart patch cut out of other stretchy fabric (her old pants that don't fit)
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I reinforced around the hole with blanket stitching and sashiko stitches
I reinforced around the hole with blanket stitching and sashiko stitches
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I first hemmed all around the heart with a loose running stitch so it wouldn't fray, then pinned it on to the pants
I first hemmed all around the heart with a loose running stitch so it wouldn't fray, then pinned it on to the pants
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Then I sewed around the patch to sew the patch to the pants, then I used purple embroidery thread to sashiko stitch the heart down, that way the tension isn't only on the boarder stitches
Then I sewed around the patch to sew the patch to the pants, then I used purple embroidery thread to sashiko stitch the heart down, that way the tension isn't only on the boarder stitches
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And then I embroidered flowers on it for extra prettiness, because my daughter really likes prettiness!
And then I embroidered flowers on it for extra prettiness, because my daughter really likes prettiness!
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I've been meaning to fix this hole in my shorts for a while now. The last time I wore them it got really big ha ha. You'll probably laugh at my horrible hand sewing. This was my first attempt at a patch. I pinned and sewed around the outside of the patch. Then I sewed around the strands of fabric and the edge of the hole. It feels pretty good to fix them rather than throwing them away.
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This is a wool skirt I love!

I tore it climbing over the fence.


a bit of wool thread and a large needle to fix it


here it is on the back side partly sewn



finished   time to get back to work!
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These are shorts, but the mend would have been identical had they been pants, so hopefully it's all good.

Biking is hard on shorts. These ones are 100% cotton and form-fitting, so the seat gets a lot of extra stress. I had a blowout this weekend, and repaired them with a patch from a previously retired pair of shorts.

I basted the patch on while the pants were inside-out, and then used my treadle machine to do the remainder. The pants have two pre-existing patches which have held for numerous wears, so I'm confident that this patch will also hold.
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Hole, materials to fix (inside out), sewing patch on from outside, finished
Hole, materials to fix (inside out), sewing patch on from outside, finished
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I mended a hole in my husband's jeans. I used a blue cotton embroidery thread for all of the stitching. First, I trimmed up the hole itself. Then, I cut a patch from another pair of jeans and stitched it behind the hole with a running stitch. I reinforced the hole itself with a blanket stitch. Finally, I whipped-stitched the hole itself to the patch.
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Jeans with hole
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Stitching the patch to the jeans
Stitching the patch to the jeans
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Cleaning up the front
Cleaning up the front
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Finished patch
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Sorry the pictures are a little hard to see with the black.
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Finger for emphasis
Finger for emphasis
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Middle of sewing.
Middle of sewing.
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Inside fixed.
Inside fixed.
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Outside fixed. A little fuzzy, but who stares a peoples crotches?
Outside fixed. A little fuzzy, but who stares a peoples crotches?
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These pants have an annoying rip near the belt path. I used embriodery thread because it's thick. I also just think it's funny to use sparkly thread on my husband's pants! Hehe! I used a ladder stich method, and cinched it shut, with a little extra decorative knotting on the top..
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hole with scissors, thread, and needle
hole with scissors, thread, and needle
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me, halfway through mending
me, halfway through mending
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I've got a pile of jeans with holes waiting for me to utilize my newfound mending skills on.  I might as well submit at least one of them for this BB!

In this case it was a pair of jeans with a hole in the knee, as well as fabric worn pretty thin in several areas right around the hole.  I decided the best option here would be to sew a patch on the exterior covering this whole section.  I have one pair of holed and worn jeans that I've designated as salvage material to mend others.  For this project I cut a section out of one of the pant legs of this salvage pair.

First I decided to finish the edges of the patch by folding them over and sewing the folds down.  Then I carefully stitched it on by going all around the edge with needle and blue cotton thread.  This ended up being a barely visible stitch which makes me happy.  After this I turned the jeans inside out, inserted a scrap cardboard barrier to deflect the needle from going through to the parts I don't want it and again using that blue cotton thread stitched all around the major holes and weak spots to anchor them to the patch.  Then I stitched a series of lines over the remaining space to better anchor the patch.  Now I've got new life in another pair of work pants to wear around the homestead!

I submit this BB for consideration.

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Here is the pair of jeans with the ripped hole in one knee that will be patched.
Here is the pair of jeans with the ripped hole in one knee that will be patched.
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These are the tools and materials to be used, including the "salvage" pair of jeans the patch will be cut from.
These are the tools and materials to be used, including the "salvage" pair of jeans the patch will be cut from.
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Partway through finishing the edges of the patch.
Partway through finishing the edges of the patch.
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Partway through sewing the patch down with small stitches along the very edge.
Partway through sewing the patch down with small stitches along the very edge.
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Turned inside out this shot is partway through anchoring the holes and patch.
Turned inside out this shot is partway through anchoring the holes and patch.
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Finished as seen from the inside.
Finished as seen from the inside.
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Finished as seen from the outside and ready to wear again.
Finished as seen from the outside and ready to wear again.
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I walk a lot at work and the crotches of pants tend to become quite threadbare until they rip. I use a rather large patch from old salvaged pants to cover the entire area since it is all rather threadbare to help prevent it again. I like a series of tricot stitches, as I find them rather secure and still fairly unobtrusive and don't have issues with puckering and such.
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Big tear
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Everything used
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Locking down the edge
Locking down the edge
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Finished patch
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My husband always splits his shorts in the butt. He also keeps wearing them until the hole is too big to easily fix! I used the fabric from one pair that no longer fit to patch another pair that do. I tacked the material in place, then sewed around the patch from the right side using a straight stitch on my sewing machine. Then I used a zigzag stitch all over the patch to stabilize the torn edges. It isn't pretty but that area isn't generally visible.

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I am getting addicted to this technique. Hope it counts

Edit:  I first used only thread and needle. Darning seems to work excellent with jeans but since it is border case I added a piece of cloth to meet the requirements and to additionally secure it.  












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Just got done sewing the dog bed that I repaired over the weekend. ( $!%%@$@$@!!) Figured it was time to grab something else out of the mending pile...
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Holey pants outside
Holey pants outside
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4 holes visible from inside
4 holes visible from inside
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Repair In progress
Repair In progress
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Outside mended
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Inside mended
Inside mended
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I am very hard on my work jeans.  This pair looks like it got eaten by bleach (not sure where, I don’t use it) and a washing machine.  I probably walked on it.  I’ll be mending these holes with a large patch created from material from another worn out pair of jeans.
I like the Sashiko but these are work pants so I’ll sew on the patch underneath with the sewing machine then, add Sashiko stitches all in a relatively matching color.

The torn jeans pic was all green from my camera.  I didn't realize it until I had already mended the jeans.  So, I made the pic black and white so it was clearer to see.  Also, in other pics the holes can be seen.

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They don't make "Raingler" jeans the way they used to.

I blew out the @$$ end of a pair at work a couple weeks ago and was gonna throw them away and get a new pair. Then the ghost of Paul whispered, "you can earn a BB for this!" and here I am sewing my busted jeans, making them good enough for work again. And I'm keeping my textile skills in shape, too. Thanks, Paul!



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Developed a nice big hole in the knee. First I cut out the frayed bits to clean up the edge and get rid of the material "inside" the hole. Then I cut out a patch from some old, non-fitting pair of jeans that are now my "parts jeans". I picked a white thread to make it pop, since there was no way I was going to be able to hide this mend job.







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A ripped belt loop made these jeans unusable for hubs. I used a patch from an old pair of jean shorts that was nearly the same color and denim thread. The loop was sown on just a little lower than the original location so that it picked up 2 pieces of fabric.
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torn belt loop
torn belt loop
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patch in nearly the same color denim
patch in nearly the same color denim
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sewing it on my machine
sewing it on my machine
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mended and ready to return to hubs!
mended and ready to return to hubs!
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