Boy's Patched Play Pants

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This little guy keeps us busy. More often than not, he's the first one up in the morning ready for breakfast, and his little legs don't stop running until the day is through! His clothes (and shoes) definitely see their share of wear and tear, so it's no surprise that he has clothes in need of a little mending. 

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This pair of black jeans (so fashionable, I know) have long been delegated as play pants, but I've still been wanting to mark them off my mending list. I wasn't worried about anything cute or complicated, so I decided to try out this simple patching technique from Craftzine--you can find more mend along ideas here.

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The tutorial called for making zigzag lines both vertically and horizontally across the patch, but I found out that 3T boy's pants were gonna be tricky fitting on the arm of my sewing machine. I ended up cutting them down to long shorts (it's getting a little warm for pants down here anyway), but was still only able to sew across the patch one way. They're definitely still play clothes, but at least they don't look (quite) so ragged, have a look:

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(I love flip flop weather!)

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I also added a little zigzag stitch to get out of doing another hem on the legs. This won't stop them from fraying completely, but it'll keep them from unraveling too much. 

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For the patches themselves, I used some scraps from the men's shirt quilt I made back in the fall. Not  as durable as denim, but I liked the added color. So, there you have it, one pair of play pants patched up and ready to go.

patched knees

Let's just see how long it takes this little rascal to tear them up again!




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