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How to Repair your Jeans with Vintage-Patch Iron on Patches

Don’t consign your much loved jeans to the bin – repair them with a patch from Vintage-Patch.  Our patches are easy to apply, and each pack includes a test sample for a trial run.

There are lots of ways to patch your jeans – with matching or contrast denim, with a lightweight cotton in a variety of prints and plains, or from underneath the tear using one of our Jeans repair patches.  Examples of each of these are show in the photo

Please note, although our patches are ‘iron on’ additional stitching is highly recommended for:
Garments which will be tumble dried with heat
Heavy duty items that are frequently laundered
Loose weave, textured, napped or moderately stretchy fabrics.
Our patches are not suitable for
Nylon, fabrics with waterproof or special finishes or very stretchy fabrics

Our denim patches are available in a variety of shapes including oval, rectangle, square, heart, flower and circle.  Denim shades are faded distressed blue, mid blue, dark blue, black and grey.

Pictured left is a small tear which we will repair with a heart shaped dark blue denim iron on patch.  Firstly iron the area so any flaps are lying flat.

Check the patch is large enough to cover the tear – this heart shaped dark denim one we’ve chosen is plenty big enough.

Carefully peel away the backing paper from the patch.

Place patch in position shiny (glue) side down.

Iron over the patch with hot dry iron briefly to adhere into correct position. Then press for 20 – 60 seconds from both sides of the repair until a good fix has been achieved. (The glue needs to fully melt and mesh with the fabric fibres for a strong bond)

Lay the fused parts flat and allow to cool for about 20 minutes.

We recommend finishing off your patches with some stitching around the edges – either by hand or machine. It will make the world of difference to how your patches look and last. These pictures show a machined straight stitch and zig zag stich, but a hand applied running stitch would work equally well

 Cotton Patches: Applied in the same way as denim patches, though they may require less ironing time, our cotton patches are thinner so not quite as hard wearing, but are brilliant for customising and there are loads to choose from to get a totally unique look!

JEANS REPAIR Undercover Patches: Our Reverse Repair Patches have been designed for when you want to repair a hole in fabric from underneath. To find out more, see our Jeans Repair Undercover Patches Instructions



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