How to Patch Women’s Jeans with Lace

by Tonya Staab
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Are holes in your jeans getting too big? Use these tips to patch women’s jeans with pretty lace to prevent them from tearing further.

Disclosure: I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Remember recently when I posted a photo of my new Guess jeans?

I love the torn, worn look that’s popular with jeans right now. It’s really grown on me and I just can’t seem to part with it.

woman in blue jeans with black tank and black sandals
Top: Bra Top $8.99 (Victoria Secret) | Jeans: Guess $22.00 (TJ Maxx) | Shoes: REPORT Greenlyn in black $29.99 (Famous Footwear)

I absolutely LOVED these new jeans, BUT, when I sat down the hole at the top of my thigh would gape more than I liked. My biggest fear is it would tear and leave an even bigger hole while out. So I rifled through my fabric stash and found a vintage lace off-cut I had brought home from Australia a few years ago. My mum had been cleaning out her fabric and yarn stash and I couldn’t stand seeing it being donated. Of course, I had to borrow a suitcase and bring most of it home with me. I knew it would come in handy someday.

My plan was to wear these jeans last week during a day tour of Temecula (San Diego’s wine country). This quick fashion fix took 15 minutes before leaving the house.

How To Patch Holes In Women’s Jeans

Turn the jeans inside out and cut a patch of lace large enough to fit over the hole you want to patch.

a lace patch over a hole in jeans
Instructions to patch women’s jeans with lace.

Using thread that’s as close to the color of the jeans as you can get, hand-stitch the lace onto the jeans.

a lace patch inside a jeans hole
Pretty lace patch for women’s jeans.

There you have it, a quick and easy fashion fix that takes minutes, and no more hole stretching or gaping.

holes in womens jeans that have been patched
Women’s jeans patched with lace.

These jeans are great with my new REPORT Greenlyn sandals from Famous Footwear. This is the perfect outfit to wear when running errands and dropping the kids off at school.

womens jeans with black sandals
Black Report sandals for women with denim jeans.

Have you seen the Famous Footwear #ohsofamous style gallery? It’s a fun place for inspiration and to see what others are wearing. Don’t forget to share your own #ohsofamous moments on social media.

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[email protected] January 26, 2019 - 7:14 am

I’ve done this to a couple of pair of my store bought ripped jeans. It is a great idea!

Sal March 7, 2019 - 7:10 pm

So cute. Bought a used pair of Levis& didn’t realize there was a hole on the edge of back pocket & cheek area. Would the lace fix be too much for a 59 yr old lady’s butt?

Beth Zeiger June 6, 2020 - 8:40 am

Not at all !!! I wear a pair and I’m 61…..

Wendy R DeGroot January 27, 2023 - 3:34 pm

Oh hell no!!! I,m 67 and that’s mild compared to some of my fashion statements, lol!

Louise May 18, 2019 - 2:16 pm

No way, you rock it and wear them lace booty jeans with pride, you only live once

Tonya Staab May 24, 2019 - 5:45 pm

It might, but chances are the lace will tear, it all depends on how much the jeans stretch. If you do want to give it a go you will need a piece of lace that has some give in it and isn’t too delicate, and if you can’t find one, you’ll need to leave the lace a little baggy when you stitch it in place, because as the jeans stretch they’ll pull on the lace tearing it.

Lief December 17, 2023 - 10:00 pm

What about adding a piece of solid color, like red or pink, behind the lace? Or would you rather see skin through the lace?

Melanie May 24, 2019 - 5:37 pm

This is exactly what I want to do with a pair of my jeans!!! I love it!!

Leti Segura July 10, 2019 - 8:57 pm

Love this! Love the fact that you reply to the questions, so many people don’t.

Betul May 21, 2021 - 9:23 am

Are the stitches visible on the front?

Tonya Staab May 21, 2021 - 10:03 am

They are, but just barely. Find a thread that’s as close to the color of the jeans as possible.

Victoria Wright June 21, 2022 - 3:08 pm

Will this work with stretchy jeans? do I need to use stretchy lace?

Tonya Staab June 21, 2022 - 10:16 pm

Great question. I haven’t tried it with stretchy jeans, but yes I would use stretchy lace, especially if it’s fairly thin because it will break.

Mary August 2, 2022 - 6:39 am

Do you stitch as close to the rip as possible? I have a large patch to cover, irregular shape. Thank you

Tonya Staab August 2, 2022 - 6:21 pm

I do stitch as close as possible. I posted another version of these using canvas instead of lace and those jeans had an irregular tear in them:


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