Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Holy Jeans

It doesn't matter what brand of jeans I get my boys, without fail they will have put a hole in the knees within weeks of wearing them. Okay maybe not WEEKS, but pretty close. And if you're saying outloud right now, "My kids do the same thing!" then you're going to love this post.


 So what do we do with a perfectly good pair of jeans that are holy?

Patch them up of course!

This is the way I have found to be the fastest, easiest, cutest way to patch jeans and you don't even have to use a straight pin....yeah!

  1. Cut a patch out of some old jeans that are in your Goodwill pile. (I use an old pair of my husbands) Make sure the patch is wider and taller than the hole by about 2.5" - 3" on the top and bottom
2. Turn the holy jeans inside-out. We will be patching the underside of the jeans, not on the outside where it's visible. Line the outside of the patch with iron-on tape. (You can get this at most craft stores.) Put the tape in between the patch and the jeans and then using a very hot iron, "glue" the patch to the jeans.
 

3. Now slide the pant leg onto your sewing machine and get it oriented any way you can. Just make sure you are only sewing through one side of the jeans and not two. Then begin sewing down the patch in a zig zag pattern. Make sure you sew past the hole so it's nice and secure.
 
4. There...you're done! Wasn't that easy. Now stand back and admire your work because you just saved yourself $20+ and a trip to the store. Plus the end result is kind of cute don't you think?
 What items need repairing around your house?

25 comments:

  1. Hello Secret Blogger! Why aren't you letting us all in on this cool blog of yours, can I spread the word? I love all your posts, keep it up K T K B! Love you!

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  2. love this post. my kids arent that hard on jeans, but i am. for some reason, i can stop putting holes in my jeans. spending a lot of time lately fixing them up. i should just embrace the fact that they have holes. its the trendy look these days. thats why i love your idea.
    when are you going to come to portland and hang out?
    RUDE!!

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  3. Jill! I've been thinking about you a lot. We need to get together in Portland at a fun local restaurnat...a double date with our husbands!

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  4. Way to go. Katie. You make a mean patch.

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  5. Oh, I SO needed this tutorial! My boys have holes in pretty much EVERY pair of jeans (i have 3 boys!) so this will solve a huge problem at my house! Thank you!

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  6. This looks great! I did some patches this way http://helpinglittlehands.blogspot.com/2010/04/dino-knee-patches-tutorial-hand-me-down.html, but yours would be a lot easier.

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  7. Great tip. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Forgive my sewing ignorance but how to you sew through just one side of the pantleg when you use a sewing machine?

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  9. Brilliant! I love the stitching on the outside like that. It's so cute. Can't wait to try it out!

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  10. Genius!!! I have 2 pairs of jeans that are sitting on my chair waiting to be fixed b/c I didn't know what to do with them... now I know! And my kids are gonna have some cool looking jeans now not some with ugly looking plain patches. Thanks!!

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  11. Oh my Gosh! Thank you sooo much for this post! I have 3 boys and they really do put a hole in their jeans after wearing them just a few times. You have saved me tons of money!! This is pure genius:) Thank you!

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  12. Hey Katie, I want to feature this on my site tomorrow. Great idea! Couldn't find your e-mail address to contact you personally, but stop by tomorrow to see your feature!

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  13. This is PERFECT for my husband's jeans! THANKS!

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  14. Brilliant! My four boys wear holes through jeans like you wouldn't believe. I know what my Friday afternoon project will be! (Well, once I drag all of them through the craft store to find iron-on tape, that is.)

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  15. Do you have a special sewing machine that lets you turn the leg so that you can stitch these vertically across the holes? I can get the leg onto my machine, but then the stitching only will go horizontally, which won't properly patch the hole. I've asked some expert sewer friends, and they couldn't do it either... SOS!

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    1. Don't you have a 'reverse' on your swingmachine? That's how I would do it...sewing back and forth using the reverse to go backwards

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  16. My mom just fixed a bunch of Seth's jeans using your patching method. They look great!

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  17. I came across this blog tutorial, and thought you might be interested!

    http://helpinglittlehands.blogspot.com/2010/04/dino-knee-patches-tutorial-hand-me-down.html

    This blog is great! She does all sorts of amazing things with her children's clothing.

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  18. i shared this on my blog :)
    a-ruffle-in-time.com

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  19. My daughter's brand new just out of the bag jeans lasted less than 4 hours. :o(

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  20. I saw your tutorial and couldn't wait to try it. However, my boys jeans/pants won't fit on the machine in this direction because of the narrow pant leg. How'd you do it?

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    1. I have the same problem with my son's jeans! I found another tutorial that ripped open one side seam which I'd never thought about. She tells how to choose which seam: (http://craftwhatever.blogspot.com/2011/03/patching-holes-in-jeans-tutorial.html)

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    2. My son is a size 8 and it was a tight fit to get them on there. I ended up sewing most everything diagonally which worked pretty well. It helps to have a 2nd person run your reverse button (my son loved this job!) while you hold on to the pants and pull and yank with both hands. I did break a needle at one point, but eventually got through 6 or 7 pairs all of which are holding up well.

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  21. Thank you for this idea. My son wears holes through every pair of jeans way before he ever outgrows them. This looks so cool, it almost looks like like they came that way.

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