holy jeans, batman!

so i have this favorite pair of jeans. i’ve had them for at least a few years and i wear them all. the. time. so they are getting a bit worn out. in fact, i have already had to do some repairs on the fraying edges.

as you may or may not be able to see in this very blurry photo, i used jadeite-colored embroidery floss to stitch up the pocket that was shredding each time i stuck my hand in it.

the hem of the jeans were all frayed and raggedy, too, so i stitched them up a bit so they wouldn’t unravel like a cartoon sweater. not that jeans could, but whatever. also, because the jeans are so old and worn they get a bit saggy after wearing them for a bit and the drop lower to the ground. so i end up stepping on them a bit and a long skinny hole was forming just above the hem. that’s why there’s a second row of stitches at the hem.

then one day, this happened. not that a hole is a big deal, but i tried to get away with wearing these jeans everywhere. and every time i stuck my leg in the pants to pull them on, i inevitably snagged my foot on the ever-growing hole and ripped it open more. i didn’t want to end up with a floppy piece of fabric at the knee.

to make matters worse, i was wearing out the bum. not stretching out, do you hear me? wearing out.

so i had to address this issue right away. ok, not really. i actually planned to patch these before i actually broke holes in them, but i was lazy, and therefor too late.

i’ve had the fabric sitting on my night stand to patch these jeans for a couple months now. but everytime i went to do it i wanted to wear the jeans instead of patching them.

i started with the big hole in the knee. i cut a patch of fabric large enough to cover it, then some more to make it cute. the bird i planned to cut down after i ironed on the wonder under.

and here’s the bum patch. another useful patch paired with a cute one.

so i didn’t show the next step, but you iron wonder under to the wrong side of your patch, then trim it to the exact size you want. i always put a scrap towel on my ironing board when i use wonder under because i always get the stuff stuck to it otherwise. then i peeled off the paper backing of the wonder under that was fused to the back of the patch and layed the patch in place on my jeans. i took an old tea towel, layed it over the patch, spritzed it with water, and pressed it with my iron for about 10-15 seconds. then it was stuck down. oh, and i used the light weight wonder under because i knew i’d also be stitching it and i don’t like how stiff the heavy duty stuff is.

now, i am no fancy embroiderer, i just do what seems right, which really may be wrong, but again, whatever. i tied a double knot at one end of the embroidery floss and made sure the know wasn’t somewhere that would bug me when i was wearing the jeans. then i did a running stitch (?) around the perimeter of the patch. i didn’t go right at the edge because it would fray past the edge and the stitches would be useless. so just go in a bit.

then, since i was doing this in the car on our way to the beach and i still had a few minutes, i decided to fill in around the little “flower”. easy peasy.

on to the buns. same same. did you notice i didn’t add the bird to the knee in front? i’m still undecided about it, but i can totally add it on later. but i do love how the little butterfly turned out. so does my husband ;)

so here it is in real life.

and now you have all seen my buns. and my undies, too, as i noticed after taking this picture that there is a little pink showing at the top right corner of the right pocket. that would be another hole. another hole that needs another patch…



  1. 1
    Julie @ Little One-of-a-Kind Design says:

    very smart "save" on the jeans! I have a pair screaming for this type of fix! clever idea on the hem!

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    Too cute!! I love my favorite pair of jeans and I haven't worn them in awhile because I'm afraid I'll "wear" them out – haha – Now, I can fix them up and wear them again- Thanks for sharing!

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    So cute! I need to fix the bottom hem of mine right now before the whole thing rips off!

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    Your cool friend Cheryl says:

    Great save! The embroidery floss was very clever.

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    ok. i too have a pair of jeans that is in desperate need of patches! you've inspired me! and i have a roll of wonder under or whatever it's called so i'm all set! i just need fun fabric! i love yours!!! :) yay!

    they look awesome on ya! :)

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    Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says:

    Nothing is like an old pair of jeans – but do they make this kind anymore? It might be worth it to get a couple more pairs. That being said, I LOVE what you did!

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    Cute fix! I know people who spend an arm and a leg for jeans with holes just like yours had!

  8. 8

    Lindsey, only you could make a tutorial this entertaining. Fun and cute.

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    How weird is it that I went back and clicked on the picture to make it bigger to try to see the hole showing your undies?!?! Not THAT weird, right?!?! BTW, couldn't see it!! LOL Super cute fix though. I have a pair of jeans begging for a cute patchy fix!!

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    I love holey jeans. And there is something to be proud of for wearing them out…that means you still fit in them after your kiddos. You are so thin!! I am preggo with #3 right now and I can only hope I will be so lucky.

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    Very cute! What a great idea!

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    I have this same repair on my "to do" list– a hole in the knee of my jeans. I'd been thinking about how to patch it and I really like your solution. Thanks for sharing!

  13. 13

    Very Cute!! I've got a pair of jean that fit my daughter great but the knees are in shambles. I'm gonna try this!!

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    OMG I love those fixes , I have a pair that could use some love .

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    super cute! love them. you are so creative.i have a fav pair of pants that did the same thing. everytime i stuck my foot through the hole. I just couldn't throw them out and i patched them with an ugly patch…now i have another idea.thanks

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    Lol – I could have written this post. I can't tell you how many times i've tried to fix the hole at the butt of my jeans, next to the pocket. Then I got a hole in the crotch at the seam. Those spots are a little hard to fix. I love the big, bold patches. I think I need to revisit my pair of holy jeans.

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    I did something similar with my daughers sweat pants.. she got a huge ink stain on them. They were Pink brand, so I got some Pink undies to use as the "patches"… she really likes them!
    I love the way your jeans turned out!

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    Em @ Bunch of Scrap says:

    I HAD a favorite pair of jeans that I could have patched like this… but the hole was in the crotch… and that probably would have looked really weird to have a patch there… but the jeans have a twin sister and she is getting a little shabby and I can't wait to doll her up like you did here!

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    Kerstin says:

    Thanks for the cute ideas! My 3 girls have about 15 pair of jeans with holes in the knees. (they have boney knees I guess). Anyway, I was going to cut them all off into shorts, but after seeing this, I think I'll try to save a few with cute patches!


    kerstin @ mommytimecrafts.blogspot.com

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    buy viagra says:

    jeans can be decorated with many things and always look good! encancanta me! thanks for the tip! I'll take it into account when decorating my skinny jeans!

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    Just wanted to say how I am SO doing this with the pair of favorite jeans I’m grateful I didn’t use for a much put off project of making them into a quilt since I cannot find them ANYWHERE anymore. You have SaVed my FAVS! THANK YOU SO MUCH!! Oh…and an oh so darling button would be perfect to cover that little pink hole! ;-)

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    Best you should make changes to the webpage name holy jeans, batman! — The Pleated Poppy to something more generic for your content you write. I enjoyed the post withal.

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