3/31 | DIY Boro Jeans Repair

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Hey Friends! I am stoked to be bringing you this tutorial! It is a game changer. While it is a sewing project, we won’t be breaking out of machines for this DIY boro jeans repair. We will be practicing our hand stitching and are bound to get pretty good at it because the boro technique has lots of stitches! I have seen trendy jeans like this in stores and lots of my friends have bought them, but I had a pair of jeans that had some holes in them so I decided to create my own and save the money. You can too, just follow this tutorial! 
Here is what you will need to repair your jeans with thus fun boro technique:

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Step One: Turn your jeans inside out.

Step Two: Cut a piece of your patching fabric a little bit bigger than the hole you are going to patch.

Step Three: Place your fabric right side down over the hole in the jeans. If you have a directional print, also make sure that it is facing the correct way. Pin it to the front side of the jeans without going through the back side fabric.

Step Four: Thread your needle with the Coats & Clark Dual Duty Plus Button & Craft Thread. This isn’t the thread you would normally think of picking up for an apparel project, but to get the thick stitch look, this thread is perfect.

Step Four: Starting from the inside of the jeans at a corner, stitch straight stitches across the width of the hole. Do your best to make the stitches an equal length. When you finish a row, create another one about 1/4 inch below it until stitches cover the entire hole.


Step Five: When you reach the end, tie a double knot in your thread, trim the excess, and remove the pins.

Repeat that process to each hole until they are all patched. If you want, you can also cut new holes to make a more balanced or visually appealing design. My favorites are definitely the knee patches. If you have a plain pair of jeans you could just cut a slit on each knee and patch them with this technique for a really fun twist.

3 thoughts on “DIY Boro Jeans Repair”

  1. This is a really cool idea!! I just got myself a new embroidery sewing machine. I’m going to have some fun with this on the weekend! Thank you 🙂

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