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Jeans Sewing Book Update + Free Jeans Sewing Tool Kit

I’ve finally gotten started working on my upcoming jeans sewing book this summer, so I figured I should do a little update and also create a way for you to get notified about the book, including pre-sale info, and all that good stuff.

So watch the video to learn more about the content of my book, plus get some cool insider tips from a jeans making pro. Then if you like, sign up below to get notified about my book.

And since I want to offer you who sign up a little extra, I have created a jeans sewing pdf tool kit, with a sample of the pattern pieces and templates that will be included in the book.

Included in the package: 

  • Front pocket pattern piece
  • Front pocket backing pattern
  • Key pocket pattern piece
  • Zipper topstitching templates
  • Back pocket pattern piece
  • Jeans fly shield pattern piece
  • Back pocket press templates

In the pdf, there will links to all the tutorials on the blog where I show how to use all the patterns and templates included in the pack. You can use these with any jeans or pants sewing pattern for that professional, RTW, look.

And if you are curious, here are all posts in my jeans sewing tutorial series

I am very excited about this project, and I will even take time off from my day job this fall to make it happen. Because to be honest, I don’t have it in me right now to write a third sewing book, on top of working full time. But still, it’s a lot of work ahead of me!


  • Zinta
    August 4, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Hei Johanna 🙂
    I love your idea about jeans! Looking forward to read it 🙂
    I myself find it very difficult to buy a perfect jeans – no matter price range. Problem is: my belly after to pregnancies is just a mess! I know – workout and diet could help! But that’s a long time solution 🙈. For now I just want a pants witch fits me, and most importantly – they stay on my body when I sit or walk. I believe it’s a problem many of us find annoying – pulling pant back on waist every 10 steps 😂. If I buy a pants witch fits me in hips – they can be to tight or loos on my waistline, or opposite. Kan you talk in you book about shape of jeans – witch type of waistline is better for skinny or curvy type of body. How to manipulate/ redesign the pattern to fit? I tried to use “fit for real people” but it doesn’t really help with jeans.
    And last – best of luck with your book 🙂

    • Johanna Lundström
      August 5, 2019 at 11:04 am

      Thank you! Yes I will talk about fit and alterations, and I have thought about addressing general shape guidelines too. I am with you when it comes to fit struggles, I too have a belly and have a super hard time getting the balance right as well when it comes to RTW jeans, so I have given up on these pretty much. Good thing we can sew!

  • Rosa
    August 4, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Hallo Johanna,
    I wish you luck in writing your book about jeans and look forward to buying it next year. I’m sure it will be very interesting and helpful.
    Bon courage!

  • Nora
    August 5, 2019 at 3:26 am

    I can’t wait to buy your jeans book! I live in the United States. Any idea of the price?

    • Johanna Lundström
      August 5, 2019 at 11:07 am

      The book will be available globally, I have no price to give at this point. It depends on how thick a book it’s going be 🙂

  • Sheila Munro
    August 5, 2019 at 9:14 am

    So looking forward to this book, I too have issues with getting RTW to fit, waists are all too big when they fit my hips, but have not had the courage to attempt making them myself yet, hoping to try it with the help of your book, so no pressure 🙂

    • Johanna Lundström
      August 5, 2019 at 11:11 am

      Yes finding RTW jeans that fits every part of our body is soo hard, I don’t know how some manage to! Jeans making is actually pretty straight forward, and easier than it looks I would say, though it does take time to complete a pair. I will make sure the tutorials are easy as they possibly can be and I will address fit issues to and how to adjust

  • Andrea
    August 5, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Johanna, I cross all my fingers for your book publishing, I‘m really interested in this issue. I already sewed a Ginger jeans which is ok, but some parts could be still improved. Watching photos of selfmade jeans in the sewing comunity the zipper often seems not to be in the center front, a little mystery…
    I love your videos, your always so positive, encouraging and charming,
    good luck

    • Johanna Lundström
      August 6, 2019 at 5:04 pm

      Thank you! And what as a sharp observation about the zipper. Actually, a jeans zipper should be slightly off-centre, but only around 1 cm usually. If you check RTW jeans you will see that too. It’s because of how the zipper is attached, that leads to that slight off-centre adjustment, but it should not really be that noticeable. If it’s more than that, the sewist probably overlapped too much, which can happen obviously, since it’s a different way to sew zippers compared to a basic, centre zipper installation.

  • Joanna
    August 5, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Hej hej Johanna,
    I love your channel, which I have been following since your interview on the Love To Sew podcast. I don’t sew active wear (I hate Lycra, which never seems to breathe well!), nor do I own a coverstitch machine, so I haven’t read your previous books. But I’ve sewn two pairs of Closet Case Morgan jeans (100% cotton!) and I love love love them! They are so comfortable and I feel great wearing them. I am still perfecting the fit for my next pair (I think I finally found a fix from Jennifer Stern for excess fabric under the seat). To make them feel extra-special, I use pretty cotton lawn prints for the pocket bags and matching Hong Kong seam finishes, and fun colors of topstitching thread. 🙂 I can’t wait to buy your book to learn more about how I can improve my homemade jeans!! I will be cheering you on, and I wish there was something more concrete I could do to help! Please do let me know if you think of anything! ❤️ Joanna
    P.S. You live in my birthplace. 🙂

  • LisaB
    August 5, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    It takes more than nine minutes to make a pair of jeans in a factory. That’s just the sewing time. With the folders and automated machines they use for many of the operations, nine minutes sounds quite reasonable to me.

    Handling time is quite another matter. That nine minutes doesn’t include the time to pick up the piece from a basket and return it there. It doesn’t include the time of moving pieces from station to station. It doesn’t include the time of setting up a piece on an automated machine. And on and on.

    We hobbyists could gain a lot of time in our making if we simply streamlined the sewing and cut down on our handling time. Learning to align two pieces and put them under the foot without fussing so much can really add up to time savings over the course of a project.

    • Johanna Lundström
      August 6, 2019 at 9:08 am

      Good point about the process, as you say I think he was referring to active sewing time. And apart from handling, there are a lot other things that happens afterwards, such as washing and distressing. So in total, yes the time will be more. But it does say a lot about how to streamline the process, which as you say is something us home sewists can learn a lot from!

  • Linda Victor
    August 5, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    I just recently found your channel, and also have begun sewing my own clothes after about a 35 year hiatus…..I am looking forward to this book as jeans will be in my future sewing plans.

    August 6, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Johanna, what sewing patterns do you recommend as a starting point for sewing jeans for both men and women?

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