Now, I know that holey, tattered jeans are kind of "in" right now but I don't really care for it. So, as the number of jeans with built-in air conditioning increased, I decided to do something about it. Here are the pictures and step-by-step instructions of how I mended half a dozen pairs of jeans for my girls.
I chose shapes that are simple and coordinate with the fabric I am using for patches.
The other knee of this pair was thin but not yet holey so I made a more decorative image here.
I just eye-balled the cut-outs within the pattern I had made before.
I used a scrap of silk from an old shirt to give it a dressier look. As you can see, I only cut out the petals.
I stitched the center with all three colors to reinforce the remaining denim.
I tried using fusible interfacing as a backing for the patches but it kept peeling off. I finally bought some fabric glue from a craft store. I glued on a rectangular piece of denim (from old jeans) and trimmed the edges. I also used my sewing machine to sew the sides of the denim to the seam of the jeans as extra reinforcement. It made them a little stiff at first but the girls didn't mind. They said it was more comfortable than the raw patch or the interfacing. The denim backing makes the whole area much stronger, too. (Note: be careful that your glue doesn't bleed through or you will glue it to itself!)
Here is the finished product.
I tried to add variety so the girls had some choices. Here are the others.
|This is my favorite! It doesn't show well in this picture but I added a little spiral to the bottom wing.|
I made the heart and flower by hand but for the butterflies, I printed coloring pages from the Internet. I didn't plane to do any for the boys because I didn't think they would like it. This week, John got a whole in his jeans and asked for an Iron man patch. (doesn't ask for much, does he?!) If that happens, I will post pictures.