Patching a Knee
By: Calli of Make it Do
Have holes in your jeans? Learn about patching a knee with this sewing tutorial! Give those old jeans some new life with just a bit of sewing.
- Ripped Jeans
- Iron-on Patches
- Cookie Cutter
- Scrap of fabric
- Wonder Under
- Sewing supplies
- I traced around the butterfly on the back side of my patch using a Sharpie. This may shock a few of you, but I tried pencil, and a Mark B Gone pen and they just didn’t show up. The Sharpie worked great, I was just careful to cut inside the line of black. You could use a white fabric marking pencil, but I couldn’t find mine. -Do what you can with what you have, I guess.
- I also cut out a flower for a different pair. This one I embellished with another fabric too.
- I had a scrap of fabric with a perfect flower.
- I used a small bit of Wonder Under on the back side of my chosen flower. Iron it on.
- Then cut around the flower. The Wonder Under isn’t strictly necessary for a piece this small. It’s peace of mind that it won’t fall off. Peel off the paper backing…
- DON’T try to iron it onto your patch yet! Your patch will get sticky on the back, and be stuck to your ironing board. (No, I didn’t do that… but I wouldn’t put it past me.)
- Stitch your embellishment onto your cut patch using a blanket stitch or a zigzag.
- Now you can iron the whole thing over the hole in your jeans.
- I rolled the jeans up, to make the sewing easier. Also just like Amy, I used a heavier weight- DMC thread, a heavy needle…
- ...and a thimble to stitch around the flower. I kept my needle working from the top as shown. It’s a little tough to sew through the denims, but not too bad.
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