If you have already seen my other question regarding clothing you may think I look like a bum. But I actually don't and I also don't care what you're thinking.

The problem is that I get a hole in the front pocket of my fairly new jeans. The fabric wears off on the inside of the pocket, the one touching my thigh, until there's a hole. This doesn't bother me to much, because I'm always carrying my wallet and my keys in that pocket (the keys are on the outer side, so the wallet prevents the keys from getting tangled in the hole/worn off fabric but it still rather seldom happens). But when it happens it's really annoying! I'm trying to unlock a door and start to pull on my keychain (picture below), which is connected to the belt loop of the jeans with a carabineer, but the keys are tangled in the hole/worn off fabric and I need to reach into the pocket and untangle the keys.


It only happened with that pocket (the left one - if that really matters) and I'm guessing because of the sharp edges of the keys - I actually don't want to change the habit of carrying my wallet and keys in the left, and my cellphone in the right pocket. But if it's the only solution I'll have to.

With one pair of jeans, I've already tried to replace the whole pocket with an old kitchen cloth. It seemed to work, but washing once already resulted in a hole at the bottom of the pocket, where the seam is.

My jeans really are not that old and I don't have holes in other parts of the jeans, so I don't want to throw them away, just because there's a hole in the pocket.

So my questions are:

  • Is there a reason for these holes, which I didn't mention?
  • Is there any way to prevent worn off fabric in jeans pockets (make fabric stronger/"protect" sharp edges of keys)?
  • How do I properly replace/fix a jeans pocket which has a hole in it?

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Front pockets of trousers are usually made of soft fabric that will be much less resistant to mechanical strain.

There are two instances the pockets get holes:

1. The fabric becomes worn out

  • We then have to either sew in a patch, hoping it will hold for another few months. There are also patches to apply with an iron but they usually won't last too long to my experience.
  • Replace the whole pocket with a new one (preferably with a better fabric quality). This will involve quite some knowledge in sewing, hence I let somebody else do that for me.

2. The seam gets loose

  • This can mostly be fixed easily by just stitching it on again


The obvious thing to prevent this from happening is to keep all sharp edged things out of our pockets. This is true for coins, keys, lighters, swiss army knifes or other stuff real men love to carry close to their legs.

Now being a real man, I can't think of a life without all these items im my pockets. Therefore I came to the conclusion I need to put my keys into a special bag or pouch. This could be anything from a small self-made linen pouch

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to a commercially available leather bag with a zipper.

These are not really cool fashion items as we know them from our daddies or grand-daddies (they might know why):

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With some search effort we may howver even find a design that may be acceptable for us:

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  • "Front pockets of trousers are usually made of soft fabric that will be much less resistant to mechanical strain." - indeed, a major (and incomprehensible) design flaw. I cannot remember the last time the pockets of any jeans of mine lasted for more than two weeks of wearing. An issue I see with this solution is that it's barely possible to get the keys out and unlock a door with only one hand available (e.g. carrying a hot cup of tea in the other hand, and no place to put it down in front of your office). Commented Jan 24, 2016 at 11:28
  • I;m left wondering about the expression 'real' men... seems to imply that men are defined or graded by what they carry in their pockets, which is a peculiar idea. Fact is, you need to replace your pockets with something tougher every time you buy new jeans IF you insist on keeping objects in them, even if that is something that looks like a hand grenade (really?!) Its partially because jeans fit closely that the pockets don't last because the pockets in my coats don't wear out the same way, even with keys in them
    – Bamboo
    Commented Nov 29, 2017 at 20:26
  • I had been using this this crumpler key pouch: crumpler.eu/prime-key-anthracite-black for a few years and it was great. I lost it a few months ago and went back to just throwing my keys in there, got another hole this week though so re-ordering one.
    – mickadoo
    Commented May 22, 2018 at 7:52

Preventative maintenance is the answer - when you buy a new pair of pants, put an iron-on patch on the inside of your pockets. I realize that most of us don't think about worn spots on a brand new pair of pants, but if you can put a patch in, then the patch receives the wear, not the pocket. Also, I use a large-ish patch, folded in half, with the folded edge fitting into the bottom of the pocket. Of course, you can also repair a hole with an iron-on patch also.


You could put your keys in a Keybone or similar device.

They come in a wide range of designs and colours, and many have loops or hooks for attaching to a lanyard or keychain.

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The holes are definitely from the keys … happens to me since years :D As a solution, and prevention of future damage done to the poor trousers, I started wearing the keys on the outside instead of putting them into the pocket.

You can even do this with the exact keychain that you have, just switch its ends:

  1. Mount the loop end to the belt loop in the same way how you connect two rubber rings.

  2. Mount the key ring to the small fabric loop also holding the carabiner.

  3. Use the karabiner to connect to the belt loop.

  4. Store the loose part of the keychain in your pocket.

This way, the keys will hang loosely outside the pocket. I like that wearing comfort is much better than with the keys inside, esp. when cycling, walking longer distances, with a bit tight trousers, or with a lot of keys. Optics are fine at least for the people wearing the upper body clothing over their trousers.

Now for the rather hilarious way how I found this "solution": it was just a necessity since the pocket holes would get so large that the keys fell through. I had secured them beforehand with a keychain in case that happens, to not lose them, but then they'd fall inside the trousers nearly to my foot, and get entangled when pulling on the keychain.

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