patches?! we don’t need no stinkin’ patches!

i snuck in a rare moment to do a little repair work for my girls last week…

we are blessed to have lots of hand-me-downs, which is great, but with hand-me-downs comes a little extra wear already set in, so my girls jeans have worn through before they’ve grown out of them.

so i gave them each a little bandaid patch in the form of cute little fabric hearts (with fusible webbing on the back) and then hand stitched the border with embroidery floss.

i kinda love them!

pretty cute, eh?

but here’s a little secret:  when you have a mending project waiting for you for a long time, when you do finally get to it, make sure the item of clothing still fits the owner.  after i finished gracie’s patch, she put her jeans on for the pic and sure enough… floods.  her newly patched pants were landing above her ankles!  (i made her sag them for the pic)  thankfully lily will still get a chance to wear them in a year or so.  but gracie liked hers so much i’m afraid she may go work a hole into another pair of jeans just to get another fun patch!

for another fun patch project, go here.


thanks for all the ruffled scarf love yesterday!  i am feverishly working on more…


  1. 1

    Yuh-oh! I just picked up stitchable heatbond & some patchy remnants tonight. And some more purty #6 dark lavender yarn for that “project” I whispered to you about :). But after lookin’ at your cute patches, I wanna go back and get some of the really purty fat quarter bundles they had,perfect patchin’ sizes. Except my busted knee is my “driving” knee-and I found out the hard way I am right-footed re sewing foot control,too. :(. Sigh…-s-

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    How cute! My daughter and I both wore holes in our favorite jeans this weekend… guess this means I can bring them back to life!

  3. 3

    Love it! Too cute! Hopefully I will catch a scarf next go round!

  4. 4

    What a cute idea! I have a pair of jeans that needs some patchwork too :)

  5. 5

    I love that – so cute – I want one !!!

  6. 6

    That is the cutest idea ever!

    ~Hannah Rebekah

  7. 7

    Very cute and a quick fix too!

  8. 8

    Adorable! I am SO going to do this with my daughter’s jeans the first chance I get! I just noticed a hole in hers last week … and I was bummed … but this makes me happy again … thanks so much for sharing. :)

  9. 9

    So cute! I see patches in my daughter’s future!! Saw yesterday’s post too late…patiently waiting for more scarves!! I see that in my future!!

  10. 10

    I like Gracie’s thinking…. I’m about to go cut a hole in my favorite pair of jeans just so I can have a cute little patch! Love it

  11. 11

    my daughter just walked by “can we do that?!?!” – so cute!

  12. 12

    These are precious!! What a great idea!!

  13. 13

    awesome! and happy to hear about the scarves…because i REALLY want a white one!! :o)

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    this is such a timely post….i actually looked all last weekend for a patch for a pair of MY jeans that have a hole in them. (it wasn’t until i posted my wiww last week, in which i am wearing the jeans in one of the photos, that i thought to myself: time to mend these.) anyway, no luck on finding a patch anywhere! i’m so uncrafty – i never would have thought of this. you’ve just solved my problem!

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    ha! Now I’M GOING TO GO MAKE A WHOLE IN ONE OF MY JEANS. Is that allowed or is it just a kid thing?

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      Ummm…i’m really showing my age here,but it *used* to be a totally adult thing to do! :D. I embroidered the college wrestlers’ mascot on “his” overalls, patched crotches,butts&knees galore! Got more requests than my sewing machine & embroidery hoops could keep up with then. Can you imagine that, 3jobs&an overload of classes? Plus two kinds of Arthur (itis) now? Ha!

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    Jennie Lindstrom says:

    You could always add a band of fabric to the bottom of the jeans to make them a little longer. When I do that for my girls, I also make a belt out of the fabric. It looks really cute!

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    Adorable! If I only had girls. :) Maybe I can do skull patches?

    • 19

      Hiya-i was at Wallyworld last night,and they had 3color combos of camo, plus black background with flames in the iron-on variety- would just be a matter of shape&stitch-type…ooooo, do the flame in skullshape, use red floss, and make blood drops in daisy chain! (i will never grow up I know…) -s-

  18. 20

    Such a cute idea! With 2 growing girls in this family, this will be great for us! Oh, I have a Lily too! :)

  19. 21

    very cute!! you finally did it : ) i love the bold stitching on the outside.

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    Love this! So cute!

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    so, so, so fabulous! What a great and cutie idea. Now if only I could put a huge heart pactch over the entire inseam of my 7 year old jeans I ripped out. Hmmm…might look a little like I’m censoring something. Too funny!

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    Velly, velly cutie-patootie!

  23. 25

    I’m sooo doing this!

  24. 26

    VERY cute! For the floods you could cut the off and a ruffle for some super girly capris!

  25. 27

    what a great idea! i always (and still do) have the same prob as your girlies. my pants were always too big AND too short, so once i wore holes in them, i kept them because, wouldn’t you know, they fit then! ;)

  26. 28

    I’m ready to search my girls’ closet for jeans to do that to…

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    super adorable!

  28. 30

    quite possibly one of my favorite lines/movies EVER. thanks for the laugh

  29. 31

    Unfortuantely, I don’t think Scott will let me do this to his jeans . . .

  30. 32

    Very cute! Love the Troop Beverly Hills reference! Haven’t seen it in years, but I still love it. :)

  31. 33

    The title of this post makes me happy!
    just watched that movie last night!

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    My mending pile is currently large enough that I am afraid it is going to escape the basket in my closet and chase me out the door!

    Maybe this is the inspiration I need to get started. It wouldn’t be the first time my inspiration came from your blog, Lindsey.

    Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  33. 35

    Very cute! What a fun way to dress up plain jeans!

  34. 36

    I’m going right now to “accidentally” rip a whole in my kids jeans. Just kidding… maybe… ha ha ha! ADORABLE

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    H O L E , former English teacher and I spelled it wrong, Gasp!

  36. 38

    wear those floods cuffed and she’ll get another season out of them!! the patches are adorable. the butt of my pants always rips out first. what do you think about a heart on my butt?!

  37. 39

    Love the patches. I did that when I was younger. Good job!

  38. 40

    LOVE this.

  39. 41

    Could you cut off her short pants and make them into capris? Very cute!

  40. 42

    my thought too, cut them off but even easier the style is to roll jeans up and make capris, you can have one long roll up or roll up twice for a small roll! cute cute !!

  41. 43

    This is so cute! I loved patches when I was little too : )
    Cannot wait to see the new ruffled scarves! The others sold out waaay too quick for me!

  42. 44

    I need to get patches. My Hubs is wearing jeans with so many holes its embarrassing but they’re at the most comfortable point and he refuses to donate them to Good Will. Any patch venues recommendation?

    <3, New Follower

  43. 45

    These are SO cute! I ripped my favorite capris on accident and thought id have to use an ugly patch. I will definitely be doing this! Thanks for sharing!

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    Hollea Larochelle says:

    I did this with my Granddaughters pants that are too short now but are still loose everywhere else. I bought some fabric ends and made cuffs in a contrasting but matching fabric. She had some jeans that had purple stitiching so found some 2 inch wide purple plaid double fold bias tape and dropped the hem on the jeans and then sewed the facing of the bias tape to the outside fold of the jeans to hide the mark and then the other side to the inside also after make the fabric the same size as the jean leg, then I added a 3/4 inch wide woven piece of ribbon in the middle going around and ending on the outside of the leg. I then sewed a purple flower shaped button on it and made little bows out of the ribbon and sewed them to the middle of the front pockets. I got so many comments on the cute jeans and where did I get them. I said the bottoms and they said yes they really make the jeans so awesome, well I made that I had to lengthen them. Also did some pink velour pants with a flannel with pink and red and white dots on it and covered the fold line above the seam with ribbon. These ones are cuffed and when she grows more they can be uncuffed. So cute

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