Leather Triangle Patches on Denim

These are my absolute favorite pair of jeans, and they have been well worn. Eventually, I’ll get around to getting a new pair, but until then, I plan to wear them until they’re dead. But because they’re getting so much use, they started developing some holes. So in true Slow Stitch fashion, I’m going to fix them!

To patch these jeans, I grabbed:

  • Dark blue suede leather
  • Interfacing
  • Stitch Witchery
  • scissors
  • needle and thread

  • two pieces of parchment paper
  • *not pictured: an iron
  • (optional) thimble
  • (optional) bronze studs

For this project, we will need to create eight triangle shaped pieces. Two leather patches, two interfacing pieces, and four stitch witchery pieces.

Using the interfacing, cut triangle shaped guides that cover the holes in the denim.

I used the interfacing guides to cut the blue leather and the stitch witchery. This is going to be the outside patch, the one seen, so I made the materials match up as much as possible.

For the interior patch, I cut the interfacing and stitch witchery a little bigger than the outer patch for added support.

Then I ironed the all the pieces together between the parchment paper. The leather to stitch witchery and the interfacing to the stitch witchery. If the leather doesn’t want to bond, turn up the heat a little bit. The great thing about suede and heat- the grain will appear flattened at first, but using your fingernail or a suede brush, you can easily lift the grain back up!

Next I ironed the triangles with the interfacing to the inside of the denim, basically causing the interfacing to become part of the fabric. Already feels way sturdier.

Then I ironed the leather patches to the outside of the denim. If your leather isn’t adhering, feel free to add a little extra stitch witchery or just turn up your iron’s heat a little. I had mine set on cotton, but for a trickier corner, I had it up between the cotton and linen setting.

After the patches feel like they’ve adhered, I made a tiny stitch around the outside of the triangle. Using a very similar color thread really helps to hide the stitch. But if you’re feeling more bold, definitely go with another color, could be really cute!

And because I couldn’t help myself, I also added little bronze studs to the corners of the top triangle patch. I like that it draws attention to that one and away from the other patch. 🙂 Plus I think it looks super cute.

And there you have it. Should last a while and adds a fun detail. I dig it!

Thanks for reading. Good luck with your patches!

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Hello, I’m Maren. I was raised in the wilds of Oregon. Hunting and gathering and chasing coyotes.