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What Do You Get When You Cross an Embroiderer with a Hole in Your Jeans?

You get a pretty new pair of pants!

I've seen many versions of this idea on Pinterest and - despite my strong aversion to mending - have been waiting very patiently for someone in my house to rip their jeans so I could give this a try. 

And by someone I mean not my husband.  I don't think he'd appreciate this sort of ... "fashionable solution" to a hole in his pants.  Just 'cause I can get him to eat from a lacy pink placemat doesn't mean he'll wear my embroidery!  Haha!

To do this mending job:

  • make a "patch" by fusing lightweight interfacing to the wrong side of a piece of fabric (I used regular quilting cotton) and trim it with pinking shears
  • pin the patch behind the hole with the right side of the fabric showing through
  • freestyle random cross and star stitches - with 3 plies of floss - around the tear

Quick, easy, and totally fun.

And my daughter loves it (although she wishes the hole was bigger so she could see more of the pretty patch underneath ... I'm thinking the washing machine will take care of that).

I gave her carte blanche for fabric & color choices and she went for a subtle amethyst Japanese print.  I'm sure she'll pick something brighter next time ... she's already asked if I can fix all her future jean holes this way.

I've also mended leggings with machine applique ... (posted here).

No one is more surprised than me to discover that mending can be fun.

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Reader Comments (15)

Kristyne, this is a darling idea. You are so fun girl. Check you blog everyday. You always make me smile. Thanks for the sunshine!
March 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranna
That's a great solution! So pretty.
March 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCindy
I think there'll be a lot more holes to be mending in the near future. Looks beautiful! Hildy
April 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHildy
Sweet! I love this... and I have a pair of holey jeans I can't live with out... I have to do this for myself! woo hoo.... maybe a bit of my flower sugar... with a cute rose in the middle.... gasp if I can bear to cut it.... I am still saving it for a very special quilt ;o)
April 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBari Jo
worth having a hole in your jeans - just lovely
April 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSue
I mended a hole in my daughters leggings just like you showed in July 2012. I've gotten so many comments on how cute the floral hearts are on the knees. Thanks for the great ideas!
April 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle T
back when i was in high school (could it have actually been the early 70's) we got new clothes once a year. patching with embroidery embellishment was how we mended jeans. i was one of the lucky ones who had learned from my grandmother. we also added trim, etc to the unrolled hems as everything was too short even when you were 5'6" and also we inserted a triangle of fabric into the opened side seam to create the bell bottoms which our parents would not spend "good money" to buy. so fun to see it all so popular again!
April 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersheila
How clever! Love it. Those girls of yours are so liucky!
April 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie Nyquist
Aww, so cute! Love the grey hearts!! xo Heather
April 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commentervintage grey
Hello Kristyne.
Nice to meet you.
Your blog and your works are so beautiful!!
I will consider visiting your blog to pleasure态from Japan! :D
April 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSakae Yoshihara
I love this!! I'm going to have to try this on my daughter's pants :)
April 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSheri Salatin
Hello Kristyne
Your gorgeous book arrived today - my birthday - in fact my 40th birthday! it is the nicest present ever - thank you so much and you signed it!!!!
I love it!
Have a great day!
love Tanya Hughes
April 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertanya hughes
Fun and really lovely !
April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSonia Petitpoint
I love mending with patches of fun fabric. My little nieces think it is the coolest thing because I let them pick the fabric. Thank you for sharing.
Cute! I remember my mom used to mend my holey jeans and pants with cute little patches, store bought & homemade. As another commenter said we only got clothes once a year so when things got short she would add bands of ribbon or lace to the bottom to add length. To think that the "we can't afford to buy more, make it work" look is now the in & trendy thing. We were ahead of our time!
October 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHarmonie Morrison

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