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How to Make a Customized Clothing Patch

Concerning Hole Repair:

It’s always our favourite pants that get a hole in them, isn’t it?  Ok, maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised since those are the ones that are worn the most.  Obviously.  My point is that it sucks when it happens.

Know what sucks even more than your favourite pants getting a hole in them?  When they’re also the only pair of maternity pants that fit properly.

Welcome to my world.


But seriously, I have many many pairs of maternity jeans.  And none of them fit right.  Except for the pair that now has a hole.  When I say they don’t fit right, I’m not complaining about them being uncomfortable or anything like that.  I mean that if I’m standing or walking or being upright in any way, I have to pull them up every two minutes.  Ugh! Which can be tough to do when you’re juggling a toddler and whatever random chore you can find for your left hand to do.

I also have a pair of super ugly men’s sweatpants (seriously, someone needs to order me to stop wearing them outside the house because, well, it’s just wrong).  They fit OK, I guess.  Also need to be pulled up occasionally.

My last pair is actually pajama bottoms.  They don’t particularly look like pajamas (I hope) but they are.  They’re like black slacks.  Quite comfortable.  Not overly functional.  They’re made of that material that just seems to keep stretching throughout the day so I’m either always walking on the leg bottoms or I have to wear boots so I can tuck the bottoms in.  Which is fine right now, it being winter and all.

Back to my jeans though.  I’ve been thinking about it for a week or so now.  How can I patch the hole without making it look really awful?

Nightmare! A hole in my favourite pants!

I’m no fashionista, as anyone who knows me can tell you, but I also want my handiwork to look good.  Patches are hard to make look good.

I considered an iron-on patch to cover the hole.  But that means I’d have to find one I like that is big enough to cover the hole.  Odds of those two criteria being found in one patch is slim.  I’m too picky, I suppose.

I considered going Fabulous! with something like bright chenille or something.  If you’re going to do a patch, why not make it stand out rather than (try to) hide it?  But I rejected that idea too.  Too Fabulous! for me.

So I finally decided I would patch it in whatever haphazard fashion seemed most functional, then cover the patch job with a nice simple patch.

If you want to know how I actually functionally patched the hole, you can check that out in How to Patch Your Favourite Jeans.

This one is how I made the “pretty” patch:

I got some scrap jean, a length of yarn, and a carpet needle.  I pondered what word or phrase to put on the patch and eventually decided to do Doll’s initials.  I was going to do something along the lines of Mom, Call Me Mom, or Just a Mom or something like that but I decided to just keep it more casual.  And easy.  Because embroidery is something I know next-to-nothing about.

And embroidery is what this patch is.  I wrote Doll’s initials on a piece of wax paper then I embroidered the wax paper onto the scrap jeans.

When I wrote her initials I also put in little marks to indicate when to end each little … embroider? I don’t know the terminology, sorry.

Plan your patch design on something you can easily sew through, like wax paper.

It turns out that wax paper might not have been the best choice.  It worked.  But if I had had much else to do, it might not have lasted.

Wax paper worked for my short embroidery design on my patchildren.

When I was done I pulled off the wax paper and made sure I got out all the little pieces that stayed stuck under the yarn.

Pull out the pattern paper and you're left with your embroidery!

Here’s the back of the patch:

The backside of the embroidery on the clothing patch.

Now I cut it out in about a 1/4″ bigger (on each edge) than I intended for the finished patch and using a thread that matched the yarn (somewhat) I hemmed the edges.

The hemmed patch next to the patched hole.

And to finish it off I just pinned it securely over the patched hole and did a zigzag stitched along the entire edge. I chose a blue that matched the patch so it’s practically invisible.  Here’s a couple closeups, see if you can spot the zigzag stitching.

Zigzag stitched the edges down all the way around to secure the patch over the hole.I used a blue thread for the zigzag stitching that very closely matches the blue of the patch.

This patch is super easy to make and can be customized in any way you choose!

How to easily make your own clothing patch to cover a patch job. This is a great diy project that can be whatever you want it to be! Add flair to your clothes, be yourself!
Make your own customizable clothing patch to fix your favourite jeans! Express yourself!

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  • Reply Catie: An Imperfect Mum January 31, 2017 at 09:10

    Looks great, wish I was handy! Thank you for linking up to #EatSleepBlogRT 🌟
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  • Reply Wendy January 31, 2017 at 11:18

    Brilliant! Love seeing her initials🐣

  • Reply Kat January 31, 2017 at 12:34

    Very creative. I would probably have lived with the hole until it got ridiculously big as my sewing skills are none existent! #EatSleepBlogRT

  • Reply Alicia Knust February 2, 2017 at 07:16

    Awesome! I need to start working on my sewing projects. Nice work!

  • Reply Kate A February 2, 2017 at 07:48

    This is a really clever idea… I think you can use freezer paper, as opposed to wax paper. I know crafters often use it for applique, so I would think it would work well for embroidery as well.

  • Reply Jasmine Hewitt February 2, 2017 at 08:03

    This is a super cute idea! I have a few pairs I can do this with

  • Reply Crystal February 2, 2017 at 09:48

    OMG I must try this weekend ^^

  • Reply maria criselda maquiling February 2, 2017 at 10:56

    that is actually such a great idea! i have jeans too which i can’t let go. but unfortunately, they do become holey afterwards. it doesn’t look like a patch but blends quite well to the design

  • Reply The Sun Mama February 2, 2017 at 14:31

    You have the CUTEST ideas!!!! I love this super cute idea!
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  • Reply Debbie February 2, 2017 at 14:33

    Great idea. I’m sure I won’t find it as easy as you make it look but I’ll give it a try. 🙂

  • Reply Chelsea Padgett February 2, 2017 at 21:40

    Love when I can make a piece my own! This is great.

    Chelsea ||

  • Reply Susan Croox February 3, 2017 at 21:02

    This is a great idea! Turned out cute 🙂 I’m totally with you on the toddler left hand thing, although my current toddler is unusually independent.

  • Reply karla February 4, 2017 at 05:36

    Congratulations on expecting another little one. This is a cute way to get some extra life out of those maternity jeans!
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  • Reply Mummy in a TuTu (@mummyinatutu) February 8, 2017 at 16:22

    oh thats really simple but really clever and effective too. may have to do some customising!!
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  • Reply Sarah March 14, 2017 at 06:30

    This is a great post, a craft I have never tried!

  • Reply Sam - StressyMama March 15, 2017 at 07:11

    Oh this is fab. So creative. #TriumphantTales

  • Reply Mrs Mummy Harris March 15, 2017 at 12:52

    My exes mum used to do this to all of his jeans where the weight of a cd player in his “greebo” jeans used to make holes. it is such a simple task but one i am yet to master!!
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  • Reply Jaki March 18, 2017 at 11:41

    So clever. I’d try it but I’ve never been a dab hand with a sewing machine!! I am so undomesticated it’s ridiculous!! 😀 Thanks so much for linking up to #TriumphantTales, we’d love to have you back next week.
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