Good grief, my daughter keeps coming home from school with holes in the knees of her pants! She prefers to wear leggings rather than jeans, and they are no match for climbing all over the playground. I’m tired of buying new pants for her, so this season we’re trying something new – patches! If I can just make her leggings last through the season, I’ll be happy. I hate to buy new pants when summer is just around the corner.
I thought it would be easy to find cute, whimsical colored patches, but it was actually a challenge. I checked Michael’s and Hobby Lobby and only found basic khaki, denim and white patches. No pinks, greens or anything creative. I then checked out the custom t-shirt section of Hobby Lobby (where they keep the puff paint, iron-on letters, etc.) and found a few cute shapes (like the one pictured above). The cute shapes cost a few bucks each, however, and the whole point of this was to spend LESS than I would on new leggings. So, I bought a couple of the cute shapes, and then a pack of the basic khaki/white/denim patch blocks that you can cut into any shape you like (much cheaper).
I found a heart-shaped magnet in a drawer and used it to trace a heart onto the back of the patch. I cut it out, ironed it on…and voila! Repaired and cute. So simple.
My next project was to repair a small hole and stain on the front of a dress. The dress is one of those comfy, easy cotton dresses that I love for my girls, so I hated to part with it simply because it had a flaw on the front. So, I sewed buttons over the bad spot!
So now I see a world of possibilities. You can add bows, iron-ons, craft flowers, buttons, ribbon, sequins, lace…just about anything to jazz up an outfit that either needs repair, or just needs a refresh. (Think about hand-me-downs…sometimes they still have a lot of life left in them, except for a spot or two.)
Happy Patching and Sewing and Ironing to You!