I am in love with these patched jeans for my girlie – – they just scream her style. As you sift through your fall kid clothes, and find jeans with holes in the knees, don’t just toss them – they have potential!
I can’t get over how cute these turned out – I want a pair for myself!
The layered patches are just super fun and hip. I saw something similar over on One Little Momma and knew that the style would translate well into kid’s clothes.
because kids have tons of holes to cover up!
I have a tutorial for you on how to patch jeans this way – and it’s not hard! Lots of people wonder how to patch child or kid jeans because they can’t figure out how to get into the tight sewing space of the leg. Well, I have the answer – you open them up!
First, gather some coordinating fabrics (this is the hardest part!)
Then cut a chunk of heat-n-bond or wonder-under or whatever and iron it to the back of the fabric:
When you peel off the backing, it leaves a “glue” on the back of your fabric. That way you can iron it on to your jeans and it helps stabilize your patch.
Now, to get to that hole, turn the pants inside out. Jean legs tend to have a different type of seam on each edge. One is a “french seam” and would be hard to replicate, but the other just looks like a regular seam – cut that one as close to the stitching as you can. You could seam rip it, but I like cutting because I’m lazy. You want to leave the hem at the bottom in tack, so I stared about 3 inches up, cutting from mid-calf to mid-thigh.
Now, if you really want to reinforce the hole, back a piece of denim with heat-n-bond and iron it to the inside of the hole, covering over it completely. This does make it super thick and a little hard to sew, so be warned.
After cutting up the edge, turn the pants right-side out again. Cut your prepped fabric into fun smaller sections and iron them into place.
The ironing will hold it, but not forever, so we’re going to sew around the edges of the patches. I used a zigzag stitch, but you can do it however you want. The slit you cut in the side should allow you to have room to sew.
My zig-zags from the front – you can kind of see them in this picture:
Turn it back inside-out when you’re done. Then stitch up the side seam that you cut earlier. Yes, the pant leg will be a tiny bit smaller than before, but kid’s jeans aren’t super-tight, so there’s a little room to spare. You can see that I serged up these pants on the left side, but a regular stitch will totally work too:
That’s it! The ones on the knees are obviously serving a purpose – the ones near the ankle and up by the hip are just for fun:
I know, I know, picture overload…
But I just had to show them off – so cute!! dare I say, Super Cute:
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Welcome to the Mouse House says
That is cute! I know that I have SO many scraps of fabric for this kind of project!
Victoria Armijo - Owner says
These are super, super cute!! My girls would Love them! I’ve been looking for something to do with my scrap jar 🙂
OK, cutting open the leg to do the repair is brilliant. I have always worked on patches with the leg intact–which for little boy jeans is NO FUN. Great tip!!
cherished bliss says
So cute Mandy! My son has like 5 pairs I need to fix for Adam when he can fit into them! Thanks for sharing at Moonlight and Mason Jars! : )
Mabey She Made It says
Okay, that’s brilliant. I’d never thought to cut/rip them apart. Thanks for sharing!
Great idea and adorable model 🙂
Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles says
This is such a creative idea, Mandy! I will never throw away another pair of jeans 🙂
Trish - Mom On Timeout says
Too, too cute Mandy! This is such a great idea!
Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke says
What a great idea! I love how cute they look and I’m sure my girls would love these too.
Tonia Larson says
Adorable! What a great way to get more out of a pair of jeans!
Nikki Lewis says
So can you use a regular sewing machine to sew them back together or do you need to use a surger? Brilliant idea about cutting them apart. That idea had never even occurred to me before.
Mandy Beyeler says
Yep, just a regular sewing machine will do it!
back patches says
That is so adorable. I love the fact that I’ve never seen the cute way of patching like that before
I love this! What a nice change from all of the typical princessy things you see! I wish I had half of your talent, I wouldn’t know where to start! Thanks for sharing with