Saturday, March 07, 2015

Custom DIY Iron on Patches for Jeans

If you have boys, chances are they have jeans with holes in the knees!  If it were closer to summer, I would just cut them off and use them for shorts, but we have 2-3 more months of cold-ish weather that they need pants! Also, we just bought both boys new jeans at a killer sale during President's Day weekend and I really didn't want to start seeing new holes in brand new pants.  So what to do?

First, the new pants that don't have holes yet:
You can make your own or buy iron-on patches at the store and put them on the inside to re-inforce the knee area.  This will help prevent holes in the first place. 

Iron-On patches at the store look something like this:  
Dritz  Iron-On Patches 5"X5" 2/Pkg, , hi-res
They come in different colors and with iron-on adhesive already on the back. You can cut the patches in half for kid-sized pants.  Then you can just turn the pants inside out and iron them on about where the knee would hit the inside of the pants.

If you have a lot of pants to add patches to, you can make your own iron on patches!
This is the magic stuff you need to make your own patches:

Thermoweb 17-Inch by 5-Yard Heat'n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive

You can find smaller packages of this but it's more cost effective to buy a roll and you can use it for a TON of projects.  I use this a lot around Halloween time for costumes! Make sure you do not get the purple package--the "Lite" kind is for thinner fabrics.  You need the red pack for the "heavy" or "ultra" hold since you are using it for jean patches.  

(Here is a great YouTube video on how to use Heat N Bond!)

To make what I call preventative patches, all you need is a remnant of material and this Heat N Bond.  I had some twill khaki colored material in my stash.  You just need something somewhat heavier (but not too thick or heavy) that will make a sturdy barrier to prevent holes.

Next, cut the material to the size you want your patch.  I made my patches roughly 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 or 
4 x 4ish.  I didn't measure and they weren't even very uniform.

Next cut the Heat N Bond the same size as your patch.  Follow the directions on the package to adhere your bonding to the patch fabric and then iron it onto your jeans.  

These patches will reinforce your pants and make them more resistant to getting holes in the first place.  

NOW THE FUN PART!!  
How to make custom patches with cute fabric!

Like I said before, normally these pants would be in the "make into shorts" pile, but he had too many pairs with holes so I had to fix at least a few of them so I didn't need to buy any more.    


On pant's right leg, I just put an iron on patch on it since the hole wasn't see through.  The threadbare strands just stuck to the patch and shouldn't get much worse with the help of reinforcement.  

On the pant's left leg there was a gaping hole to fix.  I could have just put a patch of denim behind it like these:

But I decided to make them more fun.  


I had this great superhero fabric leftover from other projects.  I was able to cut out the specific character to peek through the holes of the pants.  

Turn your pants inside out to work on them.  

First cut strips of the heat n bond and iron the onto the jeans (about 2-3 seconds) and let it cool for a little bit.  Then you can remove the paper backing on the heat n bond and the "glue" should remain on the jeans. 

These were two different holes and I put the strips on differently.  Both ways worked just fine.
There's no right or wrong way to cut the strips. You can make them look nicer if you want, but you just need to get enough glue to get your patch to stick.

Then cut out the patterned fabric big enough to cover all the glue parts on the jeans.  You don't want any exposed glue because it will stick to your iron. 

Lay the fabric onto the glue (right side facing down toward the open part of the hole.   Follow the Heat n Bond instructions (it should be about 8-12 seconds pressing down).  This will adhere your fabric to the jeans and cover the hole.  

If your fabric is a thin cotton like mine was, you are going to want to put another thicker patch over it to make it durable.  This patch you can cover the whole size of the patch with heat n bond and iron the whole thing down.  This particular one I used one of my store bought patches cut down to size.  Once it's all adhered and cooled, you can cut away any loose fabric sticking up.

And then turn the pants right side out and your done!

The whole process may take some practice, but it really does not take very long.  I patched and fixed 10 pairs of pants in 1 1/2 -2 hours.  


If you have parts of the pants around the hole that are sticking up like this......

You can cut a little piece of the iron-on adhesive and secure it to the patch from the right-side-out side.


I hope this tutorial was helpful!  Good luck mending your pants with awesome patches!
Let me know if you have questions in the comments.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sam is 3!!

My baby boy is 3 years old today {*sniff}  Sam headshot Sam still loves to cuddle with Daddy and Mommy.  He still loves hugs and kisses and is very affectionate. 

Sam LOVES the kitty (even if the kitty does not return his affection!)IMG_20150104_090304

He loves to ride his balance bike and his scooter

He still loves to dig in the dirt.

He talks SO much. He amazes me every day with the phrases he picks up from us. He also says some pretty hilarious things! He thinks its funny to lie (like when we ask about the baby being away or asleep in the car—he thinks it’s hilarious to tell the opposite of what she is!)

He makes all the “boy” noises when he plays.  He loves cars, trucks, trains, planes…

He loves bath time – He is showing you his feet “wrinkles”DSC_8796-2

Would love to read every book we own all day long if he could.

He knows all of his letters (most of the time) and most of his numbers to 10 (though he still skips every other number when he counts!)

He still loves his “BLUE BLANKIE” and screams for it when he is upset.  He still sucks his thumb (which is OK with me!) IMG_20150115_074457

He loves playing with “friends” outside with Luke and his friends. He loves going on walks especially if they lead to the playground.

He loves to draw me fabulous pictures and then put them up on the fridge with magnets!  He likes stamps, and playing with playdoh, too. 

He is a candy and cookie monster! He constantly wants them. 

He does not like to sing songs (unless he is in a REALLY good mood) and he refuses to dance.  Ever. 

He loves to control daddy—tell him what to do, move his head in the desired position, drag him by the hand and make him go with him. DSC_0078-2

He loves hide-n-seek

He loves dressing up… IMG_20150124_092734IMG_20141216_114510

He loves LEGOS, Mega Bloks and Duplos.  He’s a great builder.

He loves doing everything Luke is doing.  He loves playing with Luke. And bossing him around.

He likes Superheroes! Especially Iron Man and the Hulk.

He loves his baby sister, but maybe how much of mommy’s time she takes up!  He is very understanding though and always gives me a hug after I come out from rocking her to sleep.IMG_20141219_171341 

He gave up his naps in September when we moved him into Luke’s room and onto a bunk bed.  But most days he will still fall asleep in random places and positions around the house around 4 or 5.  IMG_20150113_170304

He gets shy around new people and in new places.DSC_9477

He gets scared of the garbage truck and runs inside.  But he loves to see trucks (and planes, and trains) out the windows and while driving in the car. 

He is silly.  And loud.  And opinionated. And Stubborn.  And constantly changes his mind about his choices…He’s definitely three!!  DSC_9478 But he’s adorable and he’s my little Sam-Sams.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

December Phone Dump Misc

Here’s a bunch of phone-taken photos from the month of December!

He falls asleep a lot since he gets up so early, refuses a nap in his bed and plays hard.2014-12-02 16.00.352014-12-13 08.30.00

Babysitting.2014-12-10 18.27.07

Drove by one day from dropping off Luke from school to see that our grill took a dive bomb off the deck.  There was a reason we had it surrounded by rocks…The darn wind always blows it over.   2014-12-12 10.55.45 2014-12-12 10.56.11  Teacher Gifts2014-12-17 14.08.10

Found this while cleaning.  Speaks volumes. 2014-12-19 16.48.47

Kitty liked hanging out under the Christmas tree.   2014-12-22 07.32.09

Made yummy chocolate pretzels and gingerbread softie cookies for some of the neighbors and friends that brought us gifts! 2014-12-24 13.59.42

An Amazon Christmas… 2014-12-24 21.08.36

This kid refused to where this hat on Halloween and now we can’t get him to take it off. 10852939_1520831181516401_1066981718_n

Happy December!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ruby Kate – Phone Photo Dump

Here’s a bunch of pictures of Ruby taken throughout December on my phone.2014-12-02 11.04.02 2014-12-03 08.20.45 2014-12-03 18.05.12 2014-12-03 18.05.18 2014-12-03 19.39.35 2014-12-05 09.38.29 2014-12-08 09.41.29 2014-12-09 14.29.58  2014-12-19 17.13.10 2014-12-19 17.13.21 2014-12-21 13.58.43 2014-12-23 08.10.20 2014-12-25 19.03.53 2014-12-25 19.05.22 10832189_1523338184614747_1005247896_n

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