Learn How To Sew Patches On A Jean Jacket Easily

We all love jeans but let’s face it, it happens to all of us. One day, your favourite jean jacket, which you’ve worn flawlessly, suddenly has a blowout, and you’re devastated. The good news is that you don’t have to throw out a perfectly nice jacket when you can repair it.

A girl wearing heart glasses and a jean jacket

If you know how to sew a pocket square, it won’t be difficult to learn how to sew a patch, and there are a few different ways to do so. You have the option of using a needle and thread or opting for a no-stitch solution. With this tutorial, you will be able to give your jean jacket a new life!

History of denim and patches

Before we go into how to sew a patch, it’s essential to understand the history of denim and patches. It will also teach you how to maximise the style’s potential. 

Denim has a far longer history than we are aware of. It gets its name from the city of Nimes, where it was first produced, which was known as “Serge de Nimes.” The ‘70s hippies inspire the latest version of how to sew a patch on jeans. Back then, hippies and bikers began to sew patches in the 1970s, and everyone went with the trend ever since as it served multiple goals.

Teenagers spent a lot of time embroidering and learning how to sew patches on jackets especially made of denim. Bikers and club members used those patches to denote their memberships. Also, hippies and disco queens brought their own patches and colourful outfits to the mix. So, if you want to rock patchwork, you’ll need to know how to sew a patch. 

Tools you need to sew jacket patches

The first step of making this sewing project reality is to gather all the necessary materials and tools you need. Don’t worry! There’s nothing too extreme here! Take a look!

  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Fabric
  • Sewing needle
  • Fabric adhesive or fusible web
  • Paper and pen
  • Thread

How to sew a patch on jean jackets step-by-step

Gathered everything? Okay! Let’s dive into this simple tutorial, shall we? Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Choose a patch that complements the fabric

Your patch must match the style of your jacket. It will otherwise stand out from the rest of the item.

Also, look for one that is of similar material. If you don’t want to spend money on a patch, a scrap of fabric can do it all. Simply go to a local craft store to find material that matches your jacket.

Even a shred of cloth from an old item that you no longer need can be used here. If you’re going to attach the patch to the inside of the jacket (to hide it), avoid using an adhesive patch. The sticky adhesive will be face-up under the hole if you do so.

Step 2: Remove any frayed edges with a snip

When you try to stitch the patch in place, the frayed edges will get in the way. They’ll also make the patch stand out a little more.

Snip any frayed edges off your jacket with a pair of scissors. Try to make the hole’s edges as even as possible.

Making a hole on the jacket

Step 3: Cut the patch now as needed

Depending on the size of the hole, you may need to trim your patch material. Cut the patch large enough to fill the hole as well as any weakened parts of the jacket. 

The patch should go roughly 2.5 cm beyond the hole’s edges on all sides. Cut the patch to match the shape of the hole. If the hole is rectangular, for example, cut the patch into a rectangle too.

Step 4: Invert the jacket and turn it inside out

When sewing the patch, turn the item inside out so that the borders of the patch are hidden. Invert your item and turn it inside out. This will guarantee that the patch is placed beneath the hole rather than on top of it.

Pin the patch in place using needles and adhesive glue

Step 5: Pin the patch now in place

Determine where the patch should be applied and place it over the hole. Ensure that the front side of the patch is facing down and that all of the borders are completely covering the hole. 

To attach the patch in place, insert pins into it, covering all edges. If your patch looks uneven or irregular, you may want to press it to keep it in place until you’re ready to sew it. 

To bind the patch to the hole, apply consistent pressure to all edges but avoid using steam here. To keep the patch in place until you’re ready to sew, you can use an adhesive like fabric glue or double-sided tape.

Sewing the patch

Step 6: Use either a sewing machine or a needle

Use a thread that matches or blends in with your fabric when threading your sewing machine or needle. Try using an invisible thread if you can’t locate a perfect match for your jacket.

You may want to use a heavy-duty needle in your machine or, depending on the thickness of the patch, hand sewing may just be enough. It is recommended to use a heavy-duty needle as it will work best to sew a denim patch on jackets. You may need to change the stitch length as well.

Sewing the patch's edges

Step 7: Sew around the patch’s edges to keep it in place

Use a straight stitch in your machine or a needle and thread. To make sure that the patch is passing through the fabric of your jacket, sew about 1.3 cm from the raw edges of the patch

Sew three times around the edges to make sure it’s secure. If you like, you can use a zig-zag stitch, but remember to remove the pins as you sew. 

Sewing over a pin can harm the needle and, in the worst-case scenario, the machine. Once you’re finished, cut any unwanted threads.

How to sew an embroidered patch on your jean jacket step-by-step

Are you ready for another tutorial? Let’s have a look!

Step 1: Decide where you want the patch to go

It’s crucial to consider the placement of a patch while sewing it onto the side or back of the jacket. This is particularly the case if you’re using a DIY patch to embellish your jacket, as it will significantly impact how the jacket looks. So, before you stitch, decide where the patch will go and make sure it is facing the right way up.

Pinning the patch onto the jacket

Step 2: Pin the patch now onto the jacket

When you’re sure where you want your patch to go, pin it in place after ironing it. To bind the patch to the fabric, use two or more straight pins.

To avoid getting in the way while sewing, place the pins near the centre of the patch. If desired, a little amount of washable glue, such as Elmer’s school glue, can be used to hold the patch in place while sewing.

Step 3: Replace the needle in your machine with a new heavy-duty needle

Because patches on the outside of jackets are usually made of thick fabric, using a heavy-duty needle will make sewing a lot easier. 

Install a heavy-duty needle, such as a 90/14 universal needle, in your machine. If you’re sewing by hand, a heavy-duty needle is also recommended.

Sewing in zigzag setting

Step 4: Set your machine’s zigzag stitch to a narrow width

For sewing patches onto jackets, is it recommended to use a narrow zigzag setting. This will ensure that the stitches run over the back of the patch as well as through it.

Remember to reduce the running stitch length and width to the smallest size that your machine can handle.

Sewing all around the patch's edges

Step 5: Sew all the way around the patch’s edges

Raise your presser foot and needle, then align your patch with the needle. Begin sewing along the edge of the patch with the presser foot lowered.

Stitch slowly to ensure that you just stitch along the edges of the patch. The zigzag stitch should go into the fabric of the jacket right adjacent to the patch, overlapping all the edges.

Alternatively, you can sew the patch in place by hand using a whipstitch. This will, however, take longer, and the patch may not be as securely bonded to your jacket. Sewing with a sewing machine is faster, and the results are likely to be superior.

General care tips

Consider the following cleaning and maintenance tips to keep your jacket in perfect shape:

  1. Spot cleaning is the safest way to clean a jacket. Spot cleaning refers to the process of hand-washing certain parts of a jacket.
  2. Keep your denim jacket on a clothes hanger when you’re not wearing it. Avoid tossing it out on the couch or any other piece of furniture, as this will create more wrinkles.
  3. When cleaning your denim jacket, use a colour-safe detergent. Colour-safe laundry detergent, as the name implies, is meant to preserve the original colour of textiles.
  4. Use a steam iron on patches to smooth out wrinkles and creases. Since it uses a lot of heat and moisture, it will flatten your jacket.
  5. Remember to inspect your jacket regularly for signs of wear and tear. If your jacket has buttons on the front, check each one to ensure it is solid and not loose.

A woman wearing a blue jeans jacket with patches

You are done! It is always best to know how to sew a patch yourself to personalise your jacket and make it unique to other people. Always remember to take care of your jacket and clean it properly! This guide can show you the way! Don’t wait another minute and get started!

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