How to Fix a Belt Loop on Jeans

Denim belt loop
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  • 01 of 05

    How to Repair a Torn Belt Loop

    If you wear belts often or have a habit of hiking your pants up by yanking on the loops, you'll likely encounter a loose or torn belt loop at some point in your life. It's an annoyance, but luckily it's an easy one to fix.

    To fix a belt loop that's fallen off, follow these steps.

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  • 02 of 05

    Assess the Damage

    Steps to Repair a Ripped Belt Loop On Jeans
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    Before sewing, you need to know exactly what you're working with so you know the materials required for the repair. With a particularly bad tear, the fabric under the belt loop is usually shredded as the loop rips from the jeans. Even if the loop tears off completely, there's no need to throw away an otherwise perfect pair of jeans––the mending job can still be done easily.

    Examine the size of the hole left where the belt loop came off; you'll need fabric that's slightly bigger than that to patch it. Keep any threads of the denim that remain in the hole. Press them in to fill in the hole as much as possible.


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  • 03 of 05

    Gather the Materials Needed

    Accessing the Problem and Materials Needed
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    Collect the materials you need in order to make the repair. These include:

    • Denim thread 
    • Sewing machine
    • A small piece of scrap fabric slightly larger than the hole. This fabric should be lightweight but tightly woven. If you use a scrap of denim, it might make a patch that is bulky and uncomfortable when worn.
    • Temporary spray adhesive (optional, for holding the fabric in place while you sew)
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  • 04 of 05

    Patch the Hole

    Sewing the Hole Closed
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    If a hole was created where the belt loop ripped off from the jeans, then you will need to fix it before you sew the loop back on. To repair the hole, follow these steps:

    1. Place the patch of fabric on the inside of the jeans under the hole. Temporary spray adhesive will keep the threads and scrap stay in place. ​Fusibles can also be used, but you will still need to sew on the piece of fabric for it to be strong enough to hold a belt loop. 
    2. Thread the sewing machine with the denim thread in the upper thread and bobbin.
    3. Place the jeans, outside up, on the bed of the sewing machine.
    4. Adjust the stitch width to sew a wide and elongated zigzag stitch.
    5. Be sure that the loose threads of the hole and the fabric scrap are flat and in place. Stitch to hold the threads and patch in place. The amount of zigzag stitching will depend on the size of the hole, but you will zigzag just enough to "tack" the patch and threads in place, not to close the hole.
    6. Set the sewing machine to a straight stitch.
    7. Sew back and forth over the hole, horizontally and then vertically, to completely close the hole as if your stitching is new fabric, with no gaps in the stitching.
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    Sew on the Belt Loop

    Sewing the Belt Loop in Place
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    Once the hole is repaired where the belt loop attaches to the jeans, then you are ready to sew the belt loop back on:

    1. Thread the sewing machine with denim gold thread (the usual color used in jeans).
    2. Remove any thread that remains from the original stitching that held the belt loop in place.
    3. Line up the belt loop with its original position and stitch. Place the stitching where the original stitching was on the belt loop, sewing back and forth until the loop is sewn tightly to the newly created fabric under the belt loop.
    4. Trim all of the threads, and your jeans are ready to wear.