I had two pairs of jeans that needed some fixing, so I'm going to show you what I did to both in this post.
The first pair had a rip which I didn't notice and wore to school one day...that's embarrassing!
The second pair had back pockets that I didn't like. I would always try to wear long shirts to cover the pockets because I love how the jeans fit. Instead of always trying to find long shirts to wear, I decided to replace the back pockets.
I pulled out my box of extra jeans and found a pair with pockets that closely resembled the color of the jeans that needed new pockets.
The first step was to unpick the pockets from the new pair of jeans. I did one pocket and laid it over the old pockets to make sure they fit and didn't look strange.
I decided they were good and unpicked the rest of the pockets.
I then pinned the new pockets in place...
And sewed them right down. I used a jean needle, sturdy thread, and went slow, making sure to get the edges nice and secure. And that was it...I now have a "new" pair of jeans!
As for the jeans with the rip, I decided to just use a small piece of jean to just patch up the hole.
I cut a piece out from another pair of jeans, just bigger than the rip and following the same general shape.
I laid it down to make sure it was the right size. You don't want it too big, but it's better to be a little big than too small!
Carefully, I pinned the piece in place.
Then, I just zig-zag stiched all the way around the fabric! From the outside of the jeans, you can barely even see the stitching and with the fabric secured in place, the rip won't be moving around or getting any bigger.