As a mother to 6 boys, I am well acquainted with worn-out knees!
Can anyone relate? Kids can be so hard on clothes! Especially now that we’re out in the country, the stains are another major laundry issue, but that’s another post.
For today, I want to share my first line of defense for “holey pants” syndrome…..”KidVantage” from Sears.
“KidVantage” is a free membership available to anyone shopping at Sears. They offer a “Wear Out Guarantee” that will replace any worn-out clothes or shoes before they are outgrown. In other words, you can exchange them for the same size.
I have replaced the same pair of jeans two or three times before the boys outgrow them! Sears has never questioned my returns and gladly exchange them! I wait for Sears to have a sale, I like the $12.99 jeans price.
With quite a few boys in a row, I replace the torn out pants one more time before they outgrow them, then the next brother gets them and we start all over again. I have saved a ton of money with “KidVantage“!
However, in my acquisition of clothing for my children, I am not always privy to the Sears brand and therefore, I must patch and mend clothing if I plan to get all the wear I can out of them.
January is a great time to do your mending, especially if you’re like me and don’t particularly enjoy it.
I found pants that the boys had outgrown and decided that they could serve as a patch….fatigue patches, how cool is that when you’re a little boy?
Cutting off one of the pockets made for a cute patch, don’t you think?
After measuring the length and width of the tear in the pants, I cut a square patch large enough to cover it by at least an inch on each side. Then I turned the sides under about 1/2″ and pressed with a hot iron.
For this particular tear, I decided to “double” or fold the fabric to make a stronger patch. Bereket is especially hard on the right knee, for some reason.
Here’s the first pair of pants with patches pinned and ready to sew! Groovy!
There’s that right knee again….yes, these are Bereket’s.
After discovering some cool “sports” fabric from another project and some batting, I decided to not only “double” this patch, but to fill it with some batting as well.
Keep in mind my purpose here, I want to stretch the life of these pants. I’m not as concerned about “looks” as I am durability. These will become permanent “play clothes” and not “school/church clothes”.
I cut the batting about 1/2″ from the ends of the patch….
I decided to double these up as well to increase comfort but durability….
There we go, pinned and ready to sew!
Old jean pockets make cute patches!
All of my “trimmings” will go back into my scrap bucket for another time. Don’t waste anything, ladies!!
Here’s my stack of pinned patches, ready to hand-sew as I have time. That’s the part I struggle with the most!
These scraps can be used in the Cricket loom! There is no need to throw anything out! Way to go, homesteader!
My final “creative diversion” of the day was to make this cute little jean purse for Meredith. I used one of the inseams for the strap and cut a couple of hearts out of scrap fabric to embroider on. I love that the “distressed” look doesn’t require perfection, I am so over that.
Now that your own creative juices are flowing, what needs mended in your home? What can you make from leftover projects or re-purpose from old clothing?
You could even upload pictures of your projects on The Morristribe Facebook page! Fun!