My dear mom taught me how to sew as a child, but as an adult my skills lack confidence. Over the years, my mending pile has grown ridiculously out-of-proportion.
Last week I took a nibble at it.
Olivia had recently popped through the knee in two perfectly good pairs of hand-me-down jeans. I found a pair of hole-in-the-knees jeans that the older two boys had outgrown and I thought…salvage? What I came up with certainly isn’t Etsy worthy, but it’s giving us more use and is kind of cute…
I looked through fabric scraps and found the legs of some comfy former sweats of mine. After stitching up the hole in the knee of the jeans, I used a patch of the sweats and hand-stitched it over the hole on the inside of the pants so that her skin wouldn’t have to rub against the rough threads. Then I cut a heart shape from the denim and hand-stitched it over on the front part of the hole, and then used embroidery floss to stitch around the heart again, just for a little accent. It’s pretty cute!
The first pair took me probably a total of 4-5 hours while I got the hang of it all. The second pair probably took me only a couple hours. Time is precious, so maybe it wasn’t “worth” the time, but I enjoyed the project, which made it worthwhile for me. She LOVES them and they’ve held up after their first wash.
I am not sure how long they will hold up, however, not having stitched the edge of the denim heart/patch. I figure soon enough that will all fray and then the threads will have nothing to hold on to–thus displaying my lack of sewing knowledge.
Oh well. You live, you learn. I seem to think that quite often these days! I haven’t “learned it all”, that’s for sure!