I made these unique decorative patches with minimal material and in a very short time. This cross stitched pattern is a basic running stitch where we simply carry the thread at the back of our work to move to the next section. This fun and easy project is ideal for beginners.
Keep on reading to learn how to do this cross stitch and to see the final result!
How to patch jeans with fabric
My sister loved her distressed denim shorts but after a few washes the distressed parts turned into big holes. She asked me if I could do something to patch the holes but with a discrete result.
I had this scrap piece of heavy cotton that would suit the task at hand.
I cut a piece a fabric bigger than the hole to mend. I placed the piece of cotton under the hole, between the denim and the pocket lining, ( I made sure that I was not sewing the pocket lining with the patch). I first pinned the fabric to the denim, then slip-basted the fabric piece in place. (You could also use fabric glue to hold the piece of fabric on the garment to mend).
I used Gutermann gold color jeans thread and made some simple cross stitches to sew the piece of cotton onto the denim. (If you want a less pronounced crossed stitch look you could choose to use a blue thread to more closely match the colour of your denim).
Below I am using contrasting fabrics and thread to better demonstrate how I embroider the cross stitches;
1- I sewed some simple running stitches on an horizontal line carrying the thread at the back of the fabric (from right to left). As you see my stitches are not of even length but it will look just fine.
2- I stitched another horizontal line below my first one (this time from left to right) by continuing to carry the thread under the fabric.
3- This is how your lines of threads will look at the back of your work. When changing rows you should only see the vertical stitches of thread required to create your next row from the back of your work.
4- Continue to sew as many horizontal lines as you want. Obviously your stitches have to go beyond the perimeter of the hole, for your patch to be sewn to the garment.
Below is a view of the back of your work showing the vertical stitches;
Do not pull your thread too tight when you sew your lines of stitches. Keep a regular tension as you want the fabric to remain flat without puckering.
Now let us see how to sew the cross detail;
See the picture above to know in which direction you will position your needle to create the crossed stitch design.
Start at position No 1, bring the needle out through the fabric to the front of the work. Pass the thread over the existing horizontal stitch. At position No 2, pass the needle through the fabric, and get the thread to the back of the work.
From position No 2, you will run the thread in the back of your work to get the needle out on the front of your work to position No 3.
From position No 3, you will pass over the existing horizontal stitch. At position No 4, pass the needle through the fabric, and get the thread to the back of the work.
Continue to place your needle to position 4, 5, 6 and continue to the end of the row.
Once you are satisfied with your work;
I did so to emphasize the hand made uniqueness of the design.
Now, back to the denim short;
You see that the mended patch have a nice hand made look for a short 1.5 hours project. If you are in search of a project with substantially more rewards, you could try traditional Sashiko stitching! I will leave that challenge to you. I am challenged by precise needle work… In truth, I do not always have the patience for the type of work that requires meticulousness precision.