How to mend jeans

visiblemending.jpg2020 can you believe it? In 2019 (and the better part of 2018), my goals and hobbies kind of went off the rails. New baby/busy kids/survival mode you know. My baby is now one, and he slept through the night last night for maybe the third time ever so I’m feeling all kinds of goal-oriented today.  Yep. These will definitely last all year without a glitch. 

I decided my 2020 crafty goal is to make/design one new project a month and mend one project a month. Because, real life, my mend/reuse pile is MASSIVE and ever-growing.

Today I’m checking off my hypothetical mend checkbox for January because I tackled the project that’s been staring me in the face for months – my daughter’s jean pile. That pile had reached at least seven pairs. So I cut up the ones she had outgrown (yep its been sitting that long) and used them for patches.

I’ve been searching for the “perfect” way to mend jeans for months on end and I think I finally found it in Katrina Rodabaugh and all her visible mending enthusiasm and wisdom. She even has a beautiful book about mending and teaches classes. I haven’t yet, but I will buy her book because it’s absolutely gorgeous and I need it on my shelf along with all her knowledge. Go check her out! Her web page and IG feed are lovely.

But today I decided to wing it for my first try and see how it went.

I used:

  • a size 20 embroidery needle and a small regular sewing needle for a stubborn fabric that didn’t like the big one. 
  • two strands of DMC embroidery thread
  • jean patches from denim scrap fabric and extra pairs of jeans
  • Update: Use a thin iron on interfacing on the wrong side of the pants. The thread will rip new holes without reinforcement. 

Step one was to cut squares and rectangles from my scrap denim that would cover the holes by about 1.5 inches on all sides. 

For the outward patches, I then ironed in a half-inch on all sides of my jean scraps. With my jeans laying out flat, I carefully pinned the patches to the top layer. Then proceeded to stitch them on. 

For the inward patches, I placed them inside cut any loose threads away from the hole and whip stitched around connecting the patch to the hole. Where there was weak threading under the hole’s location on the denim, I added some running stitches to fortify. 

I used a running or whip stitch of all of these patches. I love the creativity in this! Just make it pretty. I love how they turned out and I see visible mending in my future. Maybe with some fun colored denim or DMC thread and of course endless options for stitch patterns. 


What do you think? Have you tried visible mending?

The first pair.

soft soled mary jane pattern. Britt Stitch. DIY baby shoes. Christening shoes DIY.Hallelujah, I finally got the mary jane shoe pattern out for testing this week. I feel like I kept hitting walls whether that looked like wrestling with the computer program or a kid spewing puke in my face (yes that happened). It’s been a crazy month and I’ve sewn what feels like hundreds of shoes checking and double checking that it’s right. I guess we will see how the testing period goes. Fingers crossed.

In honor of my new pattern, I had to pull out the first pair of shoes I ever made. Oh my goodness these are such a treasure to me. They are AWFUL. Like terrible and they make me smile every time I see them. Let’s throw this back to 2012, I was 24 and the proudest new mom.

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Mini-dot pixie bonnet FREE pattern and knit along

mini dot pixie bonnet, free pattern and tutorial, newborn bonnet, knit bonnet, free bonnet pattern, knit bobbles, love knitting, knittingThanks for tuning in to my first knit along! I hope you are as obsessed with the knit bonnet trend as I am. Now if only I had a baby to go along with it. I borrowed a friend’s baby. Isn’t she the cutest?

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No-sew PJ Masks masks

No-sew PJ Masks masks. DIY quick and easy Halloween masks. DIY PJ Masks costume, toddler costumesI have wanted my kids to be those cute PJ Masks for Halloween all month. I can’t stop thinking about it. We recently found this show on Netflix and my kids love it and I love it. Nicest superheros ever.

It took me a while to get one of my girls to consent to be Owlette. But this morning one of them did and I went right to work making their masks. Let’s talk supplies: Continue reading “No-sew PJ Masks masks”

One hour men’s button-up to peplum

One hour men's button-up to peplum. Easy!

Or maybe a little more than one hour depending on how many children you have begging for your attention… moving on.

First off, thank you for being here! This blog venture has been in the works for so long and it’s amazing to see it launching out into the grand www. I have so much in reserve and I can’t wait to share.

This project is as easy as they come. You can thrift button-ups for cheap or steal them out of your husband’s closet. He will never even notice. Promise. Continue reading “One hour men’s button-up to peplum”