Lets be honest, boys do a lot of damage to clothes. With all the driving cars on pavement while crawling on knees, climbing onto big rocks to jump off over and over, sliding down a grassy hill on their bum, the list could go on forever. Having 3 boys that pass their clothes down to each other requires me to mend and patch a lot of clothes!
We patch a lot of holes in knees from jeans all the way to pajama pants. Once a hole starts to appear there goes their little fingers immediately in to “investigate” what has happened; this causes the hole to become huge in a matter of minutes.
Here is how I patch holes …
- Heat ‘n’ Bond, Ultra Hold
- Fabric Scraps
- Coordinating Thread
I begin by gathering scraps of fabric that may go well with the garment. I usually pick two; one solid, one design. Iron on heat ‘n’ bond to the back of the fabrics you chose.
Peel the paper backing off, once cooled trim to be bigger than the hole and place on hole. I cut the two squares slightly different in size. I place one level and the other one skewed.
Once you like the placement iron on to the garment. I blanket stitch or zig-zag around the two patches with different colors of thread.
The backside of the garment will look like this when finished. As you will notice the hole has been covered with plenty of room around it. If you get to close to the hole it will just rip out again in a week or two.
Note: If you want to look like you bought the jeans with patches on them, add 1 addition patch out of yet another fabric to the other leg somewhere lower or higher than the knee patches. Place by the pocket or down by the ankle. This will give a finished fashionable look.
Now your boys (or girls) are ready to go back out and discover the world, all while unintentionally trying to make more holes.