My daughter is rough on jeans, and really, what kid isn’t? She wears holes in pants so frequently that she usually wears them completely unbothered. (Why yes, grammar nerds, I did make that word up. Thank you: freedom of the blogosphere!) When her favorite jeans were nearly bisected by the hole in the knee ripping worse, however, she asked me to do something about it. I’d seen plenty of jeans hole fixing on Pinterest, but nothing really geared toward kids. I mean, seriously, sewing lace in the hole? Sure it’s pretty, but for kids that gets a permanent and resounding “no, thank you” from me!
My solution? I bought a fat quarter of quilting fabric from Walmart in cheetah print- very appropriate for my wild child- for 97 cents, made a rectangular strip with two layers and sewed that into the jeans.
Interested? Take a look at these step-by-step pictures.
1.Cut the fabric.
I cut two strips that were big enough to completely enclose the hole plus a seam allowance all around.
2. Sew the strips together (right sides together, of course,) as if you’re making a pillow, leaving enough unstitched to turn the fabric out. Don’t forget to clip the corners.
3. Turn the fabric out and press it flat.Tip: I like to use a pin to pull out the corners so they are nice and crisp. Just be super careful not to pull single threads loose.
Tip Numero Dos: Use a piece of wood as a clapper to set on your fabric after you’ve steam-pressed it with an iron. You won’t believe what a difference this makes in your pressing!
4. Hand stitch the opening like you would a pillow.
5. Sew the fabric onto the jeans. I used a straight stitch, but this would be a good opportunity to use one of those millions of fancy stitch options that you probably have (and probably never use) on your sewing machine.
Since you’ll be working in a tight area, take the accessories tray off of your machine first if that’s an option on your machine.Be warned: Pivoting gets a little tricky, but it’s totally doable.
6. Rough up the denim around the patch a little bit for that cute frayed look. This step is entirely optional and will happen eventually anyway, but I prefer not to wait. Just in General. (If you happen to be going for a more polished look and don’t want frays, you can stitch as close to the hole as possible to reinforce the fabric.)
Just cut a strip of fabric, sew all around it with a straight stitch, and fray the edges a bit.
In addition to being a cute little extra gift for children, this would make an excellent beginner sewing project for little ones!As always, let me know in the comments section if you try this method! Happy Wednesday!