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.