Saturday, November 22, 2008

Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, or Do Without... Jeans

Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without is one of the phrases and philosophies by which I live my life. It's one of the blessings of being a stay at home momma! It seems that my children are always wearing out their jeans! My first son didn't do this; but, my two youngest children seem to have made a hobby out of it! Standard square patches are fine for boys; but, I thought I'd make my little girl's patch a little prettier. She is an "almost always dresses" girl; but, sometimes she wears jeans while playing outside. Some of my friends are "dresses only"; some are "It doesn't matter." My husband made the decision for us girls in the family to follow this "almost always" dress code.

Anyway, the reason I wrote was to tell you what I did. Had I thought ahead, I'd have made this a tutorial. Ah, maybe next time. For now, I'll tell. First I cut the hole into a heart shape. Next, I used a seam ripper and opened up the side seam. I then took a rectangle of darker denim and placed it behind the heart. With a small book under the patch to make sure I didn't go through both sides of the pant leg, I pinned the heart in place. I removed the book and stitched a zigzag around the heart, going around twice to make it sturdy. After I trimmed the denim close to the stitches, I sewed the side seam back up.

My little girl, Amy, was delighted.

Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without!

Blessed with Resourcefulness



  1. I love this idea and I am going to do this too :) Thanks for sharing how you did it, I was wondering how you did it when I saw the picture on another post, opening the side seam is something I wouldn't have thought of :)

  2. That quote is what my great grandmother lived by and for years we have too. I love this post and what you've done with the jeans.

  3. It's been a necessity for our family, Scrappy Quilter. It's part of being a one income family in a two income world.

  4. I love this, my friend! This is definitely somthing I need to remember... sometimes I have a habit of going the "easy" way and simply buying new. Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. May you have a blessed Resurrection Sunday! Hugs!

  5. Praise God you have the choice Stephanie. Sometimes I like to do that, too.


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