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The old may new…Patch work jeans! (& Numbers 7:1-89 )

My oldest was out of school today for President’s Day…and it seems each week he has broken in ANOTHER pair of jeans…if you have a boy you know what I mean. Without fail, Parker-man seems to get a hole in the same knee after just a few weeks of wear. With a little brother below him, I’d really love for some of these old things to be passed down—so today’s craft was an attempt to do just that: patch the holes!

The kids had a blast helping! And although Laney doesn’t get holes in her jeans…she is convinced we now need to “decorate” hers as well. Here’s our before after and the steps to do this at home yourself:



FUN, huh?! I’m going to back tonight and do hand stitching over the patches just for cosmetic appeal and to make sure the patches last longer. But for now…we are pretty much patched. Here’s are the steps:

1. You will need to buy WonderUnder to iron on your fabric to fuse it to your clothing…IMG_1007I bought mine at Hobby Lobby in the fabric section.

2. Iron the WonderUnder onto your fabric (the rough side needs to be put on the back of your fabric). You will want to press this on the highest setting (cotton) to make sure all the sticky is melted onto your fabric.

3. Carefully peel the paper off your fabric. If it is melted properly, it should tear off in pieces…you want the webbing to be melted completely on the fabric. If it doesn’t come off right–simply iron it a bit longer and peel again.

4. Now you can cut your patches from the fused material. You can pin any shapes on to use as a pattern and then cut…IMG_1015Cut your patches and place them over holes and in different places for decoration.

5. Dampen a really thin piece of fabric (we used hankerchiefs) and place the damp clothe over the patches. Iron the patches on over the damp cloth—iron until the damp cloth is completely dry (approximately 15 seconds)…IMG_1017

6. Remove the damp cloth and you’re done! You can stitch around the patch by hand for looks and to better secure the patches in place.IMG_1018

We thought it’d be fun to do some on the back pockets also…

Here’s another upclose before and after…IMG_1025
AFTER…IMG_1027Pretty dramatic difference, huh?!

I’m an Auburn girl…so I’m always thinking of cute ways for my kiddos to sport my teams colors…WAR EAGLE;)IMG_1028

NOW…next up…is our t-shirt and turtlenecks with matching appliques! I bought several t’s at Target on the 70% rack…yes those are on sale right now. Of course plain red and blue t’s or polos would be adorable with these made-new jeans…but it’ll be fun to do a few Letter appliques just for fun.

One Year Chronological Reading Plan: Numbers 7:1-89

Today’s reading is a long chapter in Numbers dictating the gifts that were brought to the Lord from the twelve tribes of Israel. Did you notice anything similar about each of the gifts??? THEY ARE THE EXACT SAME. The gifts were identical. BUT God took note of each gift, each leader, each tribe on each successive day. The fact that each are noted individually reminds me how the Lord loves and takes interest in each of us individually. Thank you Lord that I matter to you. And the reader sitting behind her computer…reading this…you care deeply, deeply for her too. Thank you Lord for your individual love!

JonesEthiopia - February 15, 2010 - 2:29 pm

Sooo cute!!

Jackie - February 15, 2010 - 5:03 pm

You are SO crafty! That was awesome! My boys are older, so I don’t think they would sport the patched look…. I wish they were younger… I had a ton of jeans I could have patched!

Jennifer - February 15, 2010 - 5:20 pm

Great idea! I had to start buying all my son’s jeans at Sears when he was young. They have a deal where if a child wears out a pair of jeans b/f he grows out of them, they will replace the jeans with holes!

admin - February 15, 2010 - 5:29 pm

Jackie…maybe you could do the same thing with “cooler” things like…Spiderman maybe??? Maybe appliques for older ones are uncool no matter what you do!

Jennifer…Ooooo…wonder if Sears still does that!

julie@Flitterbugs - February 15, 2010 - 5:29 pm

You know what also works great, and is easier to work with than WonderUnder? Heat and Bond lite! LOVE this stuff. You can get it at Wal Mart….it comes in packs in the notions section. You can also get Heat and Bond Heavy….which you can just iron and not have to sew as well. I am addicted to this stuff 🙂

Megan - February 15, 2010 - 6:41 pm

Cute project! I’ve got to admit I’m really dragging my feet on our reading today. I keep telling myself it will be worth it, I’m just not in the mood to read, haha!

Mitzi - February 15, 2010 - 8:18 pm

SHUT UP…I love these!!! Where did you get the argyle and stripe fabric?

Andrea - February 15, 2010 - 10:27 pm

The fabric is all from Hobby Lobby:)

Heather - February 15, 2010 - 10:47 pm

Just a quick question. Unless I missed it, I didn’t see a gift/offering from Joseph’s tribe. I looked through it again & didn’t see his name. Vs. 54 says “the children of Manasseh”. Unless I’m reading something wrong, Manasseh wasn’t one of Jacob’s/Israel’s children, the twelve tribes. Anyone have any insight, or did I miss something? Thanks!

Andrea - February 16, 2010 - 12:01 am

Heather–Ephraim and Manesseh (Gen.48:5-6) where Jacob’s two sons and they stood in the place for Joseph and Reuben. Reuben lost his place for defiling Jacob’s bed (Gen.49:3-4). Here is a link with the tribe explanation: