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Patching a Knee

By: Calli of Make it Do

Have holes in your jeans? Learn about patching a knee with this sewing tutorial! Give those old jeans some new life with just a bit of sewing.


  • Ripped Jeans
  • Iron-on Patches
  • Cookie Cutter
  • Sharpie
  • Scrap of fabric
  • Wonder Under
  • Sewing supplies



  1. I traced around the butterfly on the back side of my patch using a Sharpie. This may shock a few of you, but I tried pencil, and a Mark B Gone pen and they just didn’t show up. The Sharpie worked great, I was just careful to cut inside the line of black. You could use a white fabric marking pencil, but I couldn’t find mine. -Do what you can with what you have, I guess.

  2. I also cut out a flower for a different pair. This one I embellished with another fabric too.

  3. I had a scrap of fabric with a perfect flower.

  4. I used a small bit of Wonder Under on the back side of my chosen flower. Iron it on.

  5. Then cut around the flower. The Wonder Under isn’t strictly necessary for a piece this small. It’s peace of mind that it won’t fall off. Peel off the paper backing…

  6. DON’T try to iron it onto your patch yet! Your patch will get sticky on the back, and be stuck to your ironing board. (No, I didn’t do that… but I wouldn’t put it past me.)

  7. Stitch your embellishment onto your cut patch using a blanket stitch or a zigzag.

  8. Now you can iron the whole thing over the hole in your jeans.

  9. I rolled the jeans up, to make the sewing easier. Also just like Amy, I used a heavier weight- DMC thread, a heavy needle…

  10. ...and a thimble to stitch around the flower. I kept my needle working from the top as shown. It’s a little tough to sew through the denims, but not too bad.
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awesome awesome idea!! - I too would have never thot of cutting the patches into shapes - will do from now on tho am saving this tutorial to my desktop so not to forget! ;-) thanks for all the awesome tips - love to keep seeing them

I would never have thought to cut those boring rectangular jean patches into shapes ... love it! Much cuter way to rescue my girls' holey jeans ...


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