How to Sew Patches on Jeans?

If you wear jeans, chances are you’ve had them rip or get a hole in them. It’s frustrating to spend money on an item and then have it quickly fall apart. However, there is a quick fix for this with the use of patches! This blog post will teach you how to sew patches onto your jeans so that they last longer and look much more professional. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started. 

How to Sew Patches on Jeans

Gather all the materials you need:

  • Patches,
  • Scissors,
  • A sewing machine (recommended) or a needle and thread, 
  • and an iron.
Patch Sewing with needle and thread
sewing patched with machine

How to sew patches on jeans(A Step-by-Step Guide):

After gathering all your materials, you can start the sewing process. You can either sew on patches using a sewing machine or with a needle and thread(a little more complicated but just as effective). We used a Singer 4452 sewing machine for this project, but you should be able to get the same results with any other machine.

First, cut your patches with the scissors to your desired size so they can fit on your jeans comfortably.

Next, fold them in half and iron them flat so that it looks like a professional patch job when you sew them on.

Make sure the “fuzzy” side of the patch is going toward the inside of your jeans. This will ensure that the patch doesn’t scratch you when worn.

Now, you’re ready to sew them on! It is recommended that you start sewing from one side of the patch instead of in the middle because it helps keep your lines straighter for a more professional look.

Sew slowly and carefully. If possible, use a zigzag stitch so that the stitches are stronger.

After sewing the patches, cut all the excess thread and iron the seams to keep them from fraying. And, you’re done!

Step by step guide of sewing patches

Additional Tips:

The attached patches should look professional if you followed these guides. 

This technique is also suitable for adding super-small holes in jeans or embellishing them with embroidery. You can also make one large patch to cover an entire rip or hole in the jeans. 

There are many types of patches you can sew on as well. If you don’t want to spend money on patches, you can save your old or used ones. You can also buy them at fabric stores like Amazon or Hancock Fabric for a few dollars each. 

You can use this method on many other clothing items. Remember that this isn’t only limited to your jeans, so feel free to sneak them onto skirts or shorts too!

See below for more ideas on how to sew patches.

How to Sew a Patch – The Correct Way
how to sew patches on jeans
sew a patch on a jacket

Video Guide:


I Don’t Have A Sewing Machine, Can You Still Do This?

You can still do this with needle and thread. It will just take you a bit longer to finish the project. The technique is still the same, but if you have trouble finding your lines after sewing, it could take some time for you to make sure everything looks nice and straight. 

Can I Sew Patches On My Leather Pants?

Yes! You can sew any patch on leather. It will take some time to make sure the patch itself completely hides the stitches to look sloppy and unprofessional.

What size patches should I get?

As long as you’re comfortable wearing it, any size is fine. Usually, the bigger patches are more noticeable, but it still depends on your preference.

Can I iron patches on?

You can iron-on patches, but it will be less effective. It’s better to sew the patches on since you can make sure everything is lined up correctly and looks nice.

What type of patch should I buy?

You can buy whatever design you want as long as it looks nice and fits your style. There are literally hundreds of patches to choose from. They are also very cheap (usually around $1). 

Will the patch be noticeable?

If you sew the patch on correctly, it will be less noticeable. The more professional your patches look, the less noticeable they will be.

How do I make sure the patch is on straight?

You can either pin the patches in place or trace an outline of it with a pencil. Be careful not to fold the tissue paper that comes with your patches because you want them to stay completely flat and ironed while sewing them on. 

Can I make my own patches?

Yes! You can make your own patches if you have an embroidery machine or hand-sew your desired symbols onto the patches. They won’t be as professional looking as store-bought patches, but it’s good if you’re trying to save money.

In Conclusion…

Sewing patches onto your clothes is a great skill to learn. Though it can be tedious and time-consuming, the final results will be very satisfying.

Hope this guide was helpful! Good luck and Happy Sewing! 


I’m Jane and I’m the editor of! I am a long-time craft and clothing design fan who has been writing about these interests for years.

I have spent many hours studying knitting, weaving, sewing, embroidery, and quilting as well as learning about various brands and models of sewing gear and machines. In addition to this research, my work involves publishing information related to these topics in ways that will be informative for both amateur crafters like me and more experienced sewers!