Wednesday, 29 January 2014


When grandson was younger, I made all kinds of fun patches for his pants, but now they simply do not last more than a day or two. These days all patches are made from denim; real jeans denim that can take sliding on the knees across floors and schoolyards and soccer fields. You can see some of my old fancy patches here and here.

With two boys around, there is often a need for a quick patch or two, so I keep a pair of husband's worn out jeans close at hand. I just cut off a piece from a part of the jeans that has the colour I need, and trim it to size. The fabric will fit most shades of jeans; we’ve got the low-wear parts, the abused parts,

and the wrong side.

Little boy's pants have skinny legs, so twisting and turning them under the presser foot is always an issue. Previously I have used fusible web or pins (that do nothing to improve the situation) to hold the patches in place, but now that I have acquired this fabulous fabric glue pen, I just had to give it a go.

Make a glue line around the hole (see the bright blue?)

and around the edge of the wrong side of the patch.

Glue in place. You may have to apply more glue to get it to stick.

Secure the patch properly; I zigzag stitch the edges, and do quite a bit of back-and-forth-ing to secure the edges of the hole underneath.

Indeed, the Sewline fabric glue pen works perfectly for temporarily attaching patches-in-process. Now, what else can I glue…

I was supposed to take a lifesaver’s class this afternoon as it has been a while since I refreshed my lifesaving skills, but it got cancelled. Bummer. The class was particularly aimed at those caring for small children, so it would have been interesting although hopefully never, ever useful.

Oh well, I’d better get on with my day then. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Nothing works better than denim....make a good dog bed too. xox

  2. Thanks for the tip on the glue. (Love things that actually work the way they are supposed to work.) No jeans here to patch. They've all gotten big and moved out.