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Give Clothes New Spunk with Layered Patches

I recently read my first-ever copy of Taproot Magazine, Issue 11: Mend, and was charmed by pictures of clothing patches in an article that made such a thing seem attractive and doable through layering fabric. I embraced the moment and grabbed some vintage fabric from my scrap box, thread and needle, and a pair of high-quality hand-me-down jeans that V (age 3.5) had deemed, “not very good, mama” and “only good for paint pants” because of a hole in the knee. In 3o minutes, I cut and hand-sewed two pieces of fabric together to create a whimsical layered patch and then sewed that onto the pants. I used a no-fuss whip stich and didn’t obsess over the details. Patches are about whimsy, right?    Hole and Patch Prep

The second patch took only a few minutes more now that I had my technique down. Best of all, because I didn’t have to mess with the sewing machine, I could take my project from dining room to back porch as the kids played nearby.Patch Pants Complete

The verdict? I think they look great, and V put them on right away and showed off his fancy pants all afternoon. With an adjustable waist and long length in these jeans plus a little brother who loves when big brother has outgrown something and it becomes his, hopefully we’ll still get years to come out of these pants, all because of a few scraps of fabric.

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About More Green for Less Green

Hi, I’m Pamm. Welcome to my little slice of the web! As a progressive Evangelical female pastor and crunchy homeschooling mom, I’m never quite what anyone expects of me. But, hey, that’s what makes blogging interesting, right? Join me as I try to wholeheartedly parent my three little boys, slowly fix up the trashed foreclosure we bought in 2009, and live simply.

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