quilted patches

quilted patches


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.

quilted patches


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:

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  1. 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.quilted patches
  2. 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.  quilted patches
  3. 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.quilted patches
  4. 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.quilted patches
  5. Fuse the patch over the hole on the right side of the pants.
  6. 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.
quilted patches

*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.quilted patches



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quilted patches
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  1. Elizabeth–you have blown me away! Brilliant! My son was literally wearing jeans with a hole in them today. Hmm, now here fusible fleece and Heat n Bond. It could probably be ok though to sew reinforced (so clever!) patches carefully with corduroy behind and keep flattening out as you go. Or maybe I should find a quilt shop and look if they have these things… LOL! Thanks Elizabeth. Your patches are really adorable. They add a certain je ne sais quoi. –Katharine in Brussels

  2. You can actually quilt the patches while they’re on the pants too…it’s just a little trickier, and I’m not convinced that it adds more strength. Time will tell as I’ve tried it both ways now. Good luck! Boys + life = holes in pants!

  3. Oh wow! It’s been so long since I’ve commented on any of your posts, but since I remember that son as being a baby last time it must have been a while. He’s so cute!

    • I’ve wondered often how you have been. Your sweet daughter is probably college-aged by now! I hope you have a wonderful blessed 2015.

  4. Super cute! Z is always busting the knees of her leggings and jeans as well, but she grows so fast I haven’t bothered to patch—usually by the time she wears them out, they are getting way too short and tight. But I may need to patch them if I want to use for baby #2 (who may indeed be a boy, we have no idea yet).

    • There have been times for me too that I’ve patched pants only to realize that they were high waters! I’m looking forward to hearing news about your little one. All of ours have been surprises–it’s a cool moment…hoping it’s special for you too.

  5. Yes, my daughter is in college studying music ed. She learned Solfege last semester which made me think of you. 🙂

  6. Very cute! I do something similar, but I haven’t tried quilting the patches. The patches at my house include dines, whales and bicycles.

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