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.
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.
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 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.
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 ;)