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?
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.
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.
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.
Here’s the back of the 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.
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.
This patch is super easy to make and can be customized in any way you choose!