If you, like me are a Mom of little men, blown out knees are a common clothing disease. But you don’t always have the time to go shopping for new pants or the fabric to sew new ones.
So you do what our grandmothers and great grandmothers before us did. You patch the old pants. It’s not a glamorous job, but it takes care of business. But if you’re patching them, why not take a little time and make a sturdy patch that will help restore some of the structural integrity that’s been lost in the wearing process?
To make some quilted patches, you will need:
- pants with knee holes
- scraps of fusible interfacing (my favorite)
- scraps of Heat n Bond fusible fleece
- scraps of fabric–I used some flannel prints. If you’re patching knit pants, knit scraps are nice too.
- Double sided fusible tape like Pellon Lite EZ-Steam II or Steam a Seam Lite 2
- Turn the pants inside out and place on your ironing board. Cut a piece of fusible interfacing just a little larger than the hole. Cover over the hole with the fusible interfacing. Press to fuse it in place.
- Cut a rectangle (or circle or whatever shape you choose) of your fabric and a piece of fusible fleece just slightly smaller than the fabric. Fuse the fleece to the wrong side of the fabric.
- Using the width of the presser foot as a guide, sew parallel rows of stitches in one direction across the whole area of your patch.
- Apply fusible tape to the backside of the patch along the edge. Steam well to set the glue, then peel off the paper backing. Now your patch is ready to go.
- Fuse the patch over the hole on the right side of the pants.
- To finish off, set your machine to a zigzag. I keep a 4.0 mm width and 0.7 length. This will cover the raw edge pretty densely so nothing frays (your trying to FIX the fraying problem, right?). Stitch around the outside of your patch. It can get fussy trying to maneuver the patch under the machine.* Be patient and just go slow, moving the excess fabric out of the way.
*Some machines will actually stitch sideways, making this job a breeze. I know some Brother machines, some Berninas, and some Pfaffs have this feature. Check your manual. It might be your lucky day. If not, know that my unfancy but workhorse Janome gets the job done and your machine will too with some perseverance.
Send your children out into the world!