DIY: Fixing a Tear

16 Jul

My friend got a major tear in his khakis but he really loved these pants that he wore them until someone thought he was homeless.

So I told him I could fix it if he wanted.

When I got them, they were just washed, but I didn’t know the extent of the damage. It turned out that it wasn’t just a simple tear, it was three in parallel.

I was a bit surprised, but it wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle. I picked up two patches and matching thread for less than $5 to get started.

Since the patches were fairly large, they looked unsightly on the outside, so I applied them on the inside of the pant. Then I sewed the tear down to prevent it from getting any bigger or more frayed to give it that “destroyed” look.

The view from the inside of the pant isn’t too pretty, but at least you can see how it looks from the inside. I know I didn’t follow the traditional way of repairing a tear, but it works fine.

Things You Need

  • 2 Heavy Canvas Iron-On Patches
  • Matching Thread
  • Iron / Ironing Table
  • Sewing Machine


  1. Take two heavy canvas iron-on patches and apply them to the back of the tear. (Inside out)
  2. Iron on the patches and wait for the bond to set
  3. Invert the pants and sew down the tear using a diagonal stitch

The completed result isn’t very fancy, but it does the job and it’s heavily reinforced so I doubt it’ll fall apart any time soon.


One Response to “DIY: Fixing a Tear”

  1. Elaine July 16, 2010 at 6:45 PM #

    It looks great! I wish I had known that to fix my husband’s pants!

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