Thursday, March 14, 2013

Monster Knee Patch


A couple of years ago I saw this Monster Knee Patch and thought that it was awesome! Unfortunately I didn't have an opportunity to try it out because by the time Jer gets holes in his jeans, he has already outgrown them so there is no point in patching them up. It's kind of funny how disappointed I was that my son *didn't* get any holes in his good jeans. ;) It finally happened though! I hole appeared in a pair of jeans that hadn't turned into high-waters yet. So I surprised him with this fun monster patch and he couldn't wait to show it off to his friends at school. 




This is how the hole started out.


You will need to cut away all of the horizontal strings so that you have an open hole for the monster mouth to show through. Don't trim off the vertical fuzz though because it gives your patch something to hold onto. If you trim this off it will just unravel more anyway and take your patch with it. I made this mistake and had to go back and reattach the patch after one wear.


Cut a patch out of thick red fabric or use two pieces of thin red fabric pressed together with fusible interfacing for extra strength. Be sure to cut your patch bigger than your hole. About 1/4 - 1/2" all the way around. Cut some teeth out of white fleece with about 1/4" extra along the top. You could use felt instead of fleece but it doesn't wash as well and could fall apart.


Sew the teeth onto your red patch with a sewing machine.


Place the patch inside the jeans with the teeth facing out. Pin in place and hand sew all the way around the hole. You will want to go over it a few times to make sure that it will hold up to continued wear. Sew close to the edge to keep it from continuing to unravel then sew 1/8-1/4" from the edge so that it grips the good part of the jeans as well.


Cut out two small circles of fleece for the eyes. Sew them on above the mouth using black embroidery thread. Use knots to make the pupils.


Now your jeans look even cooler than they did when they were new! :)

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18 comments:

Traci said...

I just got super excited to do this to some of MY jeans!

Bethany said...

How cute is that! Very creative!

Jeannine said...

This is hysterical! My kids (teenagers) would absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing!!

Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

Rhissanna said...

Wow! This is so cute! And I have a hole in my jeans...

Carrie - Worth Pinning said...

I love it. I've mended so many jeans- right knee every time. This is way cuter than my zigzag stitches.

Amanda @ Portable Kid said...

Love this! Wondering though if my boys will make new holes so I can add more monsters?!?

Gnarly Gnails said...

this is too adorable, and i think its perfect for adults too! i actually want to see if i can talk my boyfriend into letting me do this to HIS jeans!

Krystie said...

adorable! I bet after doing this there will be a lot more holes in your kids jeans, lol

Maureen said...

Megan,

My husband just ripped his jeans at the knee! I asked him if he wanted me to do this to his pants and he said NO. I don't know why; I think it's a great idea. LOL!

Maureen

Melissa Whitcher said...

This is so adorable! I love it. Thanks for sharing.

I would love to have you share it at our link party beginning tonight at 10:00 EST.

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Willow said...

Very very cute idea !

Kirsten said...

So adorable! I'll have to keep this one in mind. :)

Dave Kulcsar said...

This is such a wonderful alternative for jeans which have got holes due to any reasons.I will surely make one of jeans this way.

Schulz Family said...

This is so fantastic, I am so pleased you put it on Nifty Thrifty things. My boys will love this when I do it to the next rip in their jeans

Gretchen said...

Ha! that's adorable--love it!

Elise@growcreative said...

This made me laugh when I saw it.... such a cool idea!

Jen @ de Jong Dream House said...

This is great! With an active 4-year-old boy, I'm sure I'll be putting tip to use!

Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple said...

This is so fun and cute! I love the eyes!