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How to Patch Jeans with Crochet Lace

Jeans that have been patched with lace crochet doilies. Such a fun boho style! Full how to tutorial from Make & Do Crew.

Do your holey jeans need a facelift? Learn how to patch jeans with crochet lace in this simple how-to tutorial! Scroll to the bottom of the post for a free crochet doily patch pattern!

Love this boho look! How to use crochet to patch holes in your denim jeans. Free crochet lace doily pattern too! This crochet lace post is a collaboration with Lion Brand Yarns. This post contains affiliate links.

During homecoming week in high school, the was always one day called “70’s Day” where–you guessed it–we all dressed up in pseudo-hippie gear and traipsed around the school gymnasium. Most kids would throw on a tie-dye t-shirt or their most flared jeans.

Not me. I would raid my mom’s time capsule closet and deck myself out in a fully handmade uniform of embroidered jeans, a crocheted vest, fringed belt and smocked top. I was legit.

Jeans that have been patched with lace crochet doilies. Such a fun boho style! Full how to tutorial from Make & Do Crew.It's so fun to add crochet accents to your clothing. This free crochet medallion pattern is perfect for covering holes in jeans.

So when I saw Marrielle van der Gun’s photo of some jeans she patched with crochet lace in the Crochet Addicted Facebook group, it brought back so many memories of my mom’s authentic 70’s bohemian jeans. I asked Marrielle if I could use her project as an inspiration to try my own and she generously agreed.

You can see in her photo below that the hole in her jeans was much bigger than mine and allowed for some really beautiful, intricate lace. (Marrielle offers this free pattern on her blog. While she’s Dutch, she even created an English version with instructions in US terms! Check it out here.)

Free crochet lace doily pattern for adding crochet to any pair of jeans.

The Yarn

In my opinion, to patch jeans with crochet, you want a durable yarn that can hold up to lots of wearing and washing. Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton is my go-to yarn for crochet shoes because it’s mercerized, really strong and thin enough to have great delicate stitch definition. I thought it could work well paired with holey jeans and it really did! I just love the bohemian look of the crisp cotton stitches juxtaposed against the worn denim.

The crochet triangle stitch made using Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton.How to add crochet to jeans to achieve the perfect boho look! Free crochet boho bag pattern as well.

The Holes

This is pretty obvious, but every hole is going to be different. In fact, while my pair of jeans was basically demolished, I actually made my holes slightly larger by cutting and pulling on the threads in the denim. I wanted a big enough area that the intricacy of the lace could show through.

Don’t be afraid to try your jeans on, stick the crochet patch in the hole and then see if you need to expand the size of the piece of lace (or the hole!)

The Crochet Patch

I tried a couple of different ways of creating crochet patches for my jeans. The creme colored circle doily pattern is taken directly from my Dream Catcher Sandals with Flip Flop Soles pattern. (Just scroll down the section of the pattern called “The Circle” and follow it until your crochet doily is big enough to patch your hole.)

Another version I tried was just swatching a little rectangle of the Triangle Stitch, pictured above in the navy yarn. While I loved how this swatch looked, I didn’t think it translated very well to the jeans. I suspect that if I had used a higher contract color of yarn or a bigger hole, it would have looked awesome.

Do your jeans need a facelift? Learn how to patch jeans with crochet lace in this simple how-to tutorial! There's even a free crochet doily patch pattern made with Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton.

If you have any crochet stitch dictionary books, just try swatching any stitches that catch your eye. It’s a fun way to get to use different stitches without committing to a big project. This is one of my very favorite stitch dictionary books!

Sewing the Lace Patch onto the Jeans

Marrielle had the very good observation that if your jeans have any stretch at all, you’ll want to actually wear them while you’re sewing your crochet patch on. Sounds a little sketchy, I know, but the good thing is, I’m almost certain you’ll feel the needle far before you actually sew anything to your skin! 😉

Wearing your jeans while you sew the patch on, or at least while you pin the patch to your jeans, will help ensure that the crochet will look good when you’re wearing the jeans.

I used some regular cotton sewing thread to sew my crochet patches on using a basic basting stitch and going around the patch twice. You might be able to see that my stitches aren’t very tidy at all, but I don’t think it matters much on jeans that are already so distressed.

More Free Crochet Lace Patterns for Jeans

Below I’ve written out the pattern I used to create the mint-colored circle doily. The good thing about this lace option is that it’s super easy and can be used to make a circle of any size. The most important thing to keep in mind is to have fun experimenting–let the 70’s mantra of peace, love and happiness prevail!

Here are a few additional ideas for creating crochet patches:
Crochique NL — this is Marrielle’s original pattern that inspired me

• The “circle” portion of my free Dream Catcher Sandals pattern.

This list from Moogly of lace afghan squares has many free patterns you could use and just stop working when the square is big enough to cover your

This is a big list of crochet mandala, doily and circle patterns from Crochet Concupiscence, many of which would work well for patching jeans.

Crochet Doily Patch for Jeans
Free Pattern

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Supplies:
• Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton, color pictured: mint
• Size G (4.00 mm) hook

Abbreviations (US Terms):
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
sp – space
ch3sp – chain 3 space
ch4sp – chain 4 space
ch5sp – chain 5 space

Notes:
• This doily is worked in the round.

Foundation Round: Make a magic circle.

Round 1: Ch 1, sc 8 in magic circle, sl st to first sc to join. (8 sc)

Round 2: Ch 3, sk first sc, sc in second sc, [ch 3, sc in next sc] 6 times. (7 ch3sps)

Round 3: [Ch 4, sl st in next ch3sp] 7 times. (7 ch4sps)

Round 4: [Ch 5, sl st in next ch4sp] 7 times. (7 ch5sps)

Proceed like this, adding one chain per space on each subsequent row until doily reaches desired size.

Fasten off and sew onto jeans. I found it helpful to use my sewing thread to sew through the fastened off yarn strand just to make the crochet patch extra secure as it goes through the wash.

And if you’re a big fan of bohemian-inspired crochet or if you just want every day to be “70’s Day,” you might enjoy this other free patterns from Make & Do Crew. You can see all my boho style patterns here!

Free modern crochet patterns from Make and Do Crew. Afghans, slippers, boots and a crochet purse!

1. Urban Gypsy Boho Bag – free pattern
2. Coachella Boots – free pattern using flip flop soles
3. Moccasins – free pattern and video tutorial using flip flops
4. Be a Deer Afghan – free corner to corner crochet pattern

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34 Comments

  • Linda Holland
    August 10, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Love to crochet. Can not read a pattern very well, but i canlook at a clear close. Up of a pattern and work it. Thank you for including me.

    Reply
  • Ashley Mullen
    August 11, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    So this is the best idea ever!!! My oldest wears the knees out of jean by the time they are ready to be past down to her sister, now I’ll be doing this and little sister will have awesome hand-me-downs!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 22, 2017 at 10:07 pm

      What a lucky little sister! I really like the idea of making hand-me-downs cool. I know my daughter would just love the chance to “customize” her own jeans with what would inevitably be PINK patches. 😉

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Bobbie
    August 12, 2017 at 8:26 am

    You are so talented and I am sooo glad I get your patterns and ideas. Clearly, I love your ideas and that you can put them into instructions. Thanks!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 22, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      Oh Bobbie, thanks for such a sweet note. It makes me so happy to know they’ve been useful to you!

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Christi Green
    August 12, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Wow! Thank you! I just started trying to patch my jeans with crochet this past week. I haven’t found what I like yet designing my own. Will definitely try this instead!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 22, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      Oh cool! We were doing a crochet jinx! 🙂 Mine took a bit of experimentation too, but I hope these pattern ideas are a good starting place for you.

      Jess

      Reply
  • Renee Rexford
    August 12, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Wow what an awesome idea. This is great. Thanks for sharing this.

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  • Tania
    August 12, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    I just love this patching jeans pattern there are so many possibilities! thank you so much for including me, especially with all of the things that have been going on in your life right now, so thank you very much!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 22, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks so much, Tania. I really appreciate your support and I hope you enjoy patching up all your holey jeans!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Andrea
    August 12, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Thank you so much! I once tried to do this, but it never worked out well! Now, I’ll have to go and try again later!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 22, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      Yes! I hope it works well for you. It took a bit of experimentation for me, but it was fun and I love the way my jeans turned out. I wore them yesterday! 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Janice
    August 13, 2017 at 7:06 am

    I love this idea! I have been crocheting since I was a little girl and have a little boutique. I sell a variety of handmade and re purposes items. I can’t wait to make a pair of these to wear in the shop. My customers will love them.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 22, 2017 at 10:02 pm

      Oh how cool! I love using repurposed items too. I think this will make a perfect work “uniform.” 😉

      Jess

      Reply
  • Aseni
    August 14, 2017 at 12:30 am

    thanks. I like crochet. I Learn it from my grand mom.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 22, 2017 at 10:02 pm

      How wonderful! I learned so many crafting skills from my grandmothers too. 🙂

      Happy crocheting!
      Jess

      Reply
  • Ronda
    August 14, 2017 at 4:18 am

    Looking at these crochet patched jeans, I thought that a pretty contrasting color might be interesting in the background, sewing both crochet and material at the same time. For those who don’t want to show a lot of skin (or who may be afraid of a strange looking tan 🙂

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 22, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      Haha, so true about the tan! 🙂 I think that could look beautiful too! I was really torn between using a bright color or a more “matchy” color like I ended up going with. I love the idea of adding a pop of color. I’d love to see a pic if you try it! 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Sheila McCarthy
    August 14, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Love the crochet patches, great idea.

    Reply
  • Olga
    August 14, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Quedan preciosos, excelente idea Amiga.-

    Reply
  • Florencia
    August 15, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Hi! Just found tour web. Igual licencia crochet too! And always learning abou it.
    Thanks for share !

    From Argentina,
    Florencia

    Reply
  • Patricia
    August 19, 2017 at 8:07 am

    This is such a great idea, never would have thought to do this. Thank you for sharing!

    Reply
  • Ezgi
    August 24, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Wooow it is a great idea 🙂 I love it !!!

    Reply
  • Thomas Trinity
    October 25, 2017 at 1:58 am

    Day by day, during the new fashion, everything changes in clothes and the latest patch is created in the modern style. You have done a lot of good work in patch fashion by offering a new idea. Many people different patches of fashion users will love your idea. Thanks for sharing the great information. Good Luck!

    Reply
  • Bradley Sean
    January 25, 2018 at 4:07 am

    wow, it’s a very nice idea. crochet lace is new and stylish idea. Many of your ideas will be liked. I will also try to use your Crochet Lace Idea right now. I liked your idea and your blog too. Thanks a lot for this beauty Enjoying article with me. I appreciate it very much!

    Reply
  • Kaelene Thomas
    April 24, 2018 at 12:41 am

    Hi Jess,
    Hello from South Africa!!!
    My favourite pair has torn under my bum pocket!!! And properly! I’m devastated!! I’ll have to ask the hubby to sew the patch on for me… got to try this though!!!

    Thank you for your pattern!
    Any suggestions on how to patch my bum pocket tear???

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  • Maya
    June 3, 2018 at 7:20 am

    Hi,

    I like your post.
    Thank you!
    I have one question: how to join crochet and jeans? What about washing up? Will crochet stay firm?
    My english isnt the best one. But i will try to understand you.

    Reply
  • Maria
    August 6, 2018 at 2:50 am

    Patches on Jeans is the perfect combination. Also, I would say patches on blazers look fashionable. I really enjoyed your writing.

    Reply
    • Jess
      August 7, 2018 at 3:39 pm

      I agree! Thank you so much!

      Reply

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