Friday, February 24, 2012

More recycled wool knee patches!



Yep, more wool knee patches! This is the first pair of jeans, that I bought new, that my son has put knee holes in. All the previous holey knees were from thrifted jeans, whose knees were already faded and on borrowed time. Hopefully this is not an indication of how things are going to be from now on... I can only patch them so fast ;) ! I asked my son what he wanted for this pair, and he said "stars... like on GI Joe stuff". Army green stars it is!

Here's the jeans, before and after....


and a close up of one of the knees, before and after...


It'll look cooler after they get washed a couple more times, and the stars get fringier.

Fyi, I have been asked a few times how the patches hold up in the wash, and if they will shrink further. The first one I made still looks great, and has not felted any further. I wash them on cold, and that first pair has been washed & worn at least 10 times!

ETA: Since a couple people asked on my blog how I got the jeans under my sewing machine, I thought I would answer here as well. I seam rip the easy seam (the outside seam) open about a foot, then sew it back up when i'm done. It only takes 2 minutes to seam rip it open, then closed when you are done, but makes it SO much easier to sew the patch on.
Also, it is easier to draw the design directly onto the jeans (I use my son's washable markers), sew on the marker lines (I go over it twice for extra strength), then do the cutting on the jeans & trim the excess patch off.


~ Reuse, Recycle, Resweater! ~
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7 comments:

charlotte said...

that's so cool!

Resweater said...

Thanks!

seablue said...

This is such a great idea. Can't wait to use it. Thx for sharing!
Seablue

Cindy @ OnePartSunshine said...

I love this idea! Do you mind if I share a link to your post and a photo of the patch on my blog? I'm writing a post about ways to salvage damaged clothing.
Thanks!

Resweater said...

Sure thing! Thanks!

Resweater said...

Sure thing! Thanks!

Unknown said...

What if you cant sew at all, Could you just cut all the star out and iron an iron on at all ?