September 5, 2013
The layered patches are just super fun and hip. I saw something similar over on One Little Momma and knew that the style would translate well into kid's clothes.
I have a tutorial for you on how to patch jeans this way - and it's not hard! Lots of people wonder how to patch child or kid jeans because they can't figure out how to get into the tight sewing space of the leg. Well, I have the answer - you open them up!
First, gather some coordinating fabrics (this is the hardest part!)
Then cut a chunk of heat-n-bond or wonder-under or whatever and iron it to the back of the fabric:
Now, to get to that hole, turn the pants inside out. Jean legs tend to have a different type of seam on each edge. One is a "french seam" and would be hard to replicate, but the other just looks like a regular seam - cut that one as close to the stitching as you can. You could seam rip it, but I like cutting because I'm lazy. You want to leave the hem at the bottom in tack, so I stared about 3 inches up, cutting from mid-calf to mid-thigh.
Now, if you really want to reinforce the hole, back a piece of denim with heat-n-bond and iron it to the inside of the hole, covering over it completely. This does make it super thick and a little hard to sew, so be warned.
After cutting up the edge, turn the pants right-side out again. Cut your prepped fabric into fun smaller sections and iron them into place.
The ironing will hold it, but not forever, so we're going to sew around the edges of the patches. I used a zigzag stitch, but you can do it however you want. The slit you cut in the side should allow you to have room to sew.
My zig-zags from the front - you can kind of see them in this picture:
Turn it back inside-out when you're done. Then stitch up the side seam that you cut earlier. Yes, the pant leg will be a tiny bit smaller than before, but kid's jeans aren't super-tight, so there's a little room to spare. You can see that I serged up these pants on the left side, but a regular stitch will totally work too:
That's it! The ones on the knees are obviously serving a purpose - the ones near the ankle and up by the hip are just for fun:
I know, I know, picture overload...
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