Thursday, May 3, 2012

The reinforced knee patch

I don't know why all little boy pants don't come with reinforced knees.  Daniel got some pants for his birthday in February, and a few weeks ago I noticed they were getting a hole in them!  Two days later, the hole had grown to the size of a golf ball.  It seems little boy pants rarely last long enough to be passed down to the next child.  So I decided to try to stretch the life of a few pairs of the kids pants by reinforcing the knees.

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These were all pants that already had holes in the knees.  They were in the pile of pants waiting to be turned into shorts.  But how many shorts do the kids really need??  Thankfully I noticed we were running low on pants before I cut these off.

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I found an old apron I had that was made of thick, durable denim.  Perfect.  I cut it into squares to fit each pair of pants, ironed the edges under, pinned in place, then sewed a zig zag stitch all around it.

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With the warm weather here, these pants will probably spend the next few months sitting in the drawer.  But hopefully come fall we won't have to buy anymore pants.  And hopefully these knee patches will keep the holes away... at least for a little while.

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