I have a pair of super comfy jeans that I purchased last year. I noticed they were beginning to get weak around the corners of the back pockets. I was concerned they might not last until I am ready to retire them or until I shrink out of them so I wanted to be proactive in extending the life of my jeans. I remember as a child, my mother would occasionally use iron-on patches to patch my dad's overalls; however, I have never been a fan of patches on the outside of clothing (unless they are super cool, multi-colored and fun). Neither have I been a fan of holes in my jeans. I am definitely not enthusiastic of exposing the location these jeans were threatening to break open! I also did not think this area needed additional attention with the super cool, multi-colored, fun style patch. The good news is that by being proactive I was able to use a simple iron-on patch on the inside to help prevent the early retirement of my comfy faves. All for less than a "new" pair of jeans at my local Goodwill store.