This is what I showed Christy:
I unpick the side seam of the holey pant leg so I can fit the holey area under my sewing machine needle. I put a rectangle cut from flannel or other soft fabric under the hole, wrong side of pants. I stitch it down, being sure to stitch through the hole a few times. Then, on top of the hole, I put a patch that will be visible when the pants are on the child. Sometimes I use a pinking shears or a tight zig-zag stitch on the raw edges. I stitch the patch down in some manner, again being sure to go over top of the hole at least once, connecting the weak places to the strong new fabric. Then, I sew up the side seam that I unpicked. Done!
The way Christy attached the underneath patch gave me an idea for a holey knee in Ben's jeans. I used navy thread and just sewed back and forth in somewhat horizontal lines, attaching a denim patch that was under the hole. I love this look! I will definitely use this for adult pants.
|Sunday on top, playtime on bottom (lunch on shirt)|
Next up: a visit to Christy's house so she can tutor and coax me through the socks I started knitting 2 years ago. Hooray for friends with skills!