Patching Clothes Geek Style
September 15, 2014
What do you know… the Larva put holes in another pair of pants. Well, one hole, but I preemptively patched both knees because I know it’s just going to be a matter of time before the other knee ends up with a hole too.
I decided she needed something geek themed, and went with Super Mario Bros patches. (And yes, if these pants look familiar, it’s because they’re the same pants I patched in my last post. The Larva has 2 pairs of these pants, and now they all have patched knees.)
These patches were really fun to do and they weren’t that much more work than a simple heart patch. I’ll post a tutorial next time on how I made these.
Tutorial on Patching Clothes
September 10, 2014
Patching clothes was never something I had to do before, but kids are really hard on their clothes! In the last year, I’ve patched quite a few knee and elbow holes.
At first I bought those patches that are sold at Joann, but then I realized I have lots of fabric scraps that would make adorable patches so why not make my own? It’s super easy and fast. I can patch a knee hole in about 15 minutes. Of course right now the knee holes are very small as the Larva is only 2 years old…
- fabric scrap*
- Heat ‘n Bond
- needle & thread
* Generally, you want to use a fabric that is similar weight to the clothing item you are patching. For kids’ clothing, I like to use something a bit sturdier, so I use high end quilting cottons or bottomweight fabrics like twill.
Draw your shape on the paper side of your Heat n’ Bond piece. I wanted to do a heart shape so I folded my piece in half.
Using your iron, fuse the Heat ‘n Bond to the wrong side of the fabric scrap. If you’ve never used Heat ‘n Bond before, you can read the directions that come with the package.
Cut out the patch along the line you drew. Peel off the paper backing on the Heat ‘n Bond.
Now you need to iron the patch on to the hole in the clothing. If you plan to do a lot of ironing of sleeves and pants legs, having a pressing ham is very handy. A pressing ham is a stiff shaped pillow that you put into the sleeve or pant leg so that it’s easier to iron the curved surfaces.
With our without a pressing ham, the next step is to fuse your patch over the hole. If the hole goes all the way through the clothing, you’ll want to put a piece of scrap fabric (like muslin) on the inside of the pant leg so that the Heat ‘n Bond doesn’t melt and get all over the inside. You can peel the scrap fabric off after you’re done ironing and throw it away.
Not take your needle and thread and whipstitch around the patch. Try not to skip this step as it helps the patch stay on through washings and activity. It doesn’t have to be a perfect stitching job, you just need to make sure the edges of the patch stay attached to the clothing.
And that’s it!
Isn’t it cute? Next time I’m going to use red patches for her black pants though…
New website: confused-kitty.com
September 7, 2014
Welcome to my new website: confused-kitty.com!
I’ve had a lot of downtime in the last month to think about working on my website. One of the things I was thinking about was my url which I know can be difficult to remember and spell because of the many variations on “lys” or “lis”. I consulted some friends and they told me that even they cannot remember how to spell fleur-de-lys.net sometimes. That’s a bit depressing because if my friends can’t remember my website, pretty much no one else will either.
I figured it was time to change the url to something people can remember, and I already had the logo and name from my etsy shop so I might as well run with it.
So good-bye fleur-de-lys.net, hello confused-kitty.com!
Organizing the scraps
July 13, 2014
It’s been a while since I posted about organizing my fabric, supplies and sewing area. The last time I posted about this was back in 2012 (photos at bottom of the post)! I’m still using the same system of ” bins for everything”. We’ve moved since the last time I did a big sewing area re-org and I have less storage space now due to the lack of a crawlspace. I can only look with extreme envy at all the gorgeous sewing area pins I see on Pinterest. Maybe some day, I can have a dedicated sewing room too! =)
Last week, I finally decided I had to do something about the piles of scraps that have been building up on my sewing table. Scrap management was never much of an issue before I started quilting because anything smaller than 1/4 yard was probably never going to get used in a costume so I tended to just throw the scraps away. But now I find myself saving every tiny scrap because I can actually use it for something!
There’s nothing fancy about my system but it’s been working pretty well. I went to Daiso and bought a bunch of pretty containers. Really small scraps that were likely to be used in projects soon-ish went into bins on the table and pieces that weren’t as likely to get used got rolled up and chucked into the cabinet.
I also went through my fabric bins and cleared out some stuff. My rule is that I’m only allowed to have 4 bins of fabric and everything must fit in there. If I want to buy more fabric, something has to go to make room. It works pretty well at keeping my stash under control. =D
I finally admitted to myself that I was probably never going to use that 4 yards of blue lycra (and really why did I think I needed FOUR yards???) or the sky blue stretch vinyl. I usually donate my fabric to the Resource Area For Teachers so hopefully a teacher will get some use out of it!