Friday, April 18, 2014

P is for Patching Pants


Skill Level: Beginner
Skills Attained: Patching 
Supplies:
  • Iron-On Mending Fabric
  • Paper
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Scissors
If you have a little boy in your life, you will most certainly want to tune into this post on how to patch holes in pants. There is something about the way the boys play and rough house that creates such a great opportunity to ruin their clothes. I find it helpful to have a few mending techniques in my back pocket that allow me to save a few dollars by repairing rather than buying new. 

Just last month, my three year old son put his first hole in his pants. So I will walk you through the first time I put a patch on my son's pants. It's very simple and requires no sewing!

You will need iron-on mending fabric that you can get at a local fabric store. You'll want to get a color that matches the article of clothing that you are mending. Keep in mind that this patch will be visible even if the colors match. This type of patch is more for functional purposes rather than aesthetic purposes.

Cut the mending fabric, or patch, slightly larger than the size of the hole. I like to round the corners of the patch. Place a piece of paper behind the layer of fabric you are patching so that the adhesive material on the patch doesn't stick to other parts of the article of clothing. Set the patch with the shiny side down over the hole. Use a hot iron and press the patch for 20-30 seconds to ensure a bond.

There you have it! The hole is fixed, and your child can get back to rough housing. 






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