I've written about this topic before. I have a boy. That boy has holes in nearly every pair of jeans he owns.

Now that spring is in the air here in Southern California and we are experiencing weather around mid 60's-mid 70's most days, it was time to grab all of the jeans with holes in the knees that were worn all winter long, chop them up into shorts, patch the knees and make some Spring shorts out them.

I found three pairs today, although I daresay there will be more coming out of the laundry in the next couple of days.

how to patch jeans
Instead of lots of sewing this time, I decided to take the easy way out and pulled out a roll of hemming tape, which honestly I'm not sure how long I've had it, or where it came from, but by the looks of the package, I've been dragging it around for some time or inherited it with crafting supplies from a friend or family member.

how to patch jeans
So, I patched all three jeans the same way. Although the first pair I cut a piece of denim out of the legs that I chopped off so that all of the fabric didn't go to waste, which you can see above. I then found a great tutorial here to do really big zig-zag stitching over the front of the patch. I didn't do this with all three, just the first pair.

jeans into shorts
The second pair, I used an orange fleece.

how to patch jeans
And the third pair, I used a really cool fabric with acronyms/teen slang on it. I ended up loving this one so much that I hemmed the shorts in it, then matched up a couple of the slang terms ROTFL and LMHO into the section that needed to be patched.

jeans into shorts

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1 comment

Angela April 1, 2013 - 2:25 pm

Love this idea! So glad you posted! My boys have tons of jeans with hole or jeans that are too short! I’ll be doing this for sure! xoxo


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