Saturday, April 27, 2013

Hole-y Moley! - Patching holey jeans

Sorry for the very late update!

School has been pretty busy with midterms and various projects, so time has been tight!  Also, I was drawing a blank on what to do for my next project that wouldn't be too time consuming and would be able to be done within my apartment since the pollen this year has been HORRIFIC.  My noses keeps running and my eyes have been itching and watering like crazy. :(

When a friend suggested that I sew something, the light went off!  One of my favorite pairs of skinny jeans had developed a hole in the left knee much to my dismay, so I thought it would be a great chance to fix it!


The idea came from's 4 Secrets to a Well-Mended Wardrobe via pinterest.

I did do a few things differently since I didn't have fusion paper and didn't want to spend and arm & a leg on getting some.  I'm a clearance shopper, so while digging through Joann's clearance items, I stumbled upon some Heat Set Glue for 97 cents!  What a deal! :)

Heat Set Glue 

As in the original post, I also purchased a fat quarter and some matching embroidery thread.

Fat Quarter & Embroidery Thread 

Before cutting the fat quarter, I soaked in boiling water for 5 minutes (as per my mom's instructions) to prevent it from shrinking AFTER putting on my jeans and washing it for the first time.  I let it dry overnight and ironed it flat.  My mom also suggested that if you wanted to dry it much quicker, just iron it while it's still wet.

I previously measured how big I wanted my patch, and used those measurements to cut out my patch with a rotary cutters.

Rotary set

Cut out patch

On the jeans, I cut off the excess strings and fluff, and turned the pants inside out.

Cleaned up hole

I pinned one side of the patch to the pants to make sure it stayed where I wanted it to.  I then added a thin layer of glue to all edges of the patch and ironed  the patch according to the glue's instructions.

Pinned Patch

Glue Patch

Before ironing

After ironing 

Voila! Patch! 

I then added some little hand embroidered stars for a little extra decoration and some extra security.

Embroidered for looking and support

I wore these the next day and they were FANTASTIC.  Everything stayed together and the hole didn't get bigger at all.

Patched up knee
And a preview for the next few projects - RESIN JEWELRY EXPERIMENTS!  I'll be done with school for the summer and hopefully the pollen will die down by then, so I can head outside and get the proper ventilation for these projects. :)

Also - my mom said I could do some of these jewelry kits she got from Taiwan, so look out for those!


  1. Those turned out so cute!! I really really love the little embroidered stars. And I'm SO EXCITED for your resin projects!!


    1. Thanks! :)
      And so am I! Hopefully things will turn out! Crossing my fingers!