Too Many Irons in the Fire

Tales of a crafty, working mom of four.

Mending Month 03/24/2009

Filed under: Fiber & Crafts,Household — TypeAMom @ 9:51 am
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Tackle It Tuesday Meme It is mending month at Craft Magazine and I have used that as an excuse to get all my mending done at home. Kids can really tear through their clothes and while I try to fix simple things I usually don’t go all out with big tears and wardrobe malfunctions. However, since the economy is pretty cruddy, I thought I would brush off my sewing skills and start really fixing everything I possibly can.

Today, I patched my jeans while wearing them using an upholstery needle. I like a challenge. It’s not the best stitching ever, but it gets the job done. If you have never used an upholstery needle, it is curved to allow you to stitch and patch in places that you can’t get a needle in behind the fabric – like a cushion or the side of the couch or in my case, my jeans since I actually have them on. One pair of jeans saved thanks to a simple patch. YAY! Now for the pictures to show you the patching process as well as the finished result:

Sewing the patch on my jeans. I used a denim scrap that I saved from shortening another pair for my daughter.

Sewing the patch on my jeans. I used a denim scrap that I saved from shortening another pair for my daughter.

The finished product

The finished product

If you want to get creative, you can stencil a design on fabric and make your patch a designer work of art like I did with these pants:

I used Wonder Under to iron on the owl and cotton thread to attach buttons for eyes

I used Wonder Under to iron on the owl and cotton thread to attach buttons for eyes

How the owl looks finished on the jeans

How the owl looks finished on the jeans

I have added two more birds to the jeans to tie them all in as part of the design

I have added two more birds to the jeans to tie them all in as part of the design

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3 Responses to “Mending Month”

  1. L2L Says:

    very cute!!!! I might try this with some cammie pieces for my son’s jeans. man he is hard on his clothes and it would be “manly” enough that he would think that it is cool!!!! So I just might get to hand them down to his brother yet!!!!

  2. TypeAMom Says:

    I don’t have pictures but my boys really love it when I patch with fun fabric from behind the hole. You still see the “hole” outline but you also see the fabric that is behind it. They think it is fashionable and cool. Ripped jeans without the hole! 🙂

  3. That’s really cute!


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