Kids can be pretty hard on pants. Not only do they tend to grow out of them pretty fast, but with all of the scooting, crawling, jumping, and climbing, even the toughest pair of jeans show a bit of wear and tear after awhile. Even if your little one doesn’t bring about destruction on every pair of pants they happen to put on, knee patches are an adorable way to turn a simple pair of trousers into something special. Hearts, monsters, superheroes, you name it and you can probably turn it into a patch with a little bit of creativity. Try one or a few of these DIY’s as a preventative measure, a way to cover up holes, or just because they’re too cute not to!
1. DIY Heart Knee Patches
Instead of throwing out those pairs of holey-kneed tights, try these adorable little patches. Made out of material salvaged from another pair of tights, the hearts are traced simply and sewn on in minutes. The entire project takes very little time and can be completed by anyone who owns a sewing machine or is particularly handy with a needle and thread!
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2. Custom DIY Superhero Iron On Patches
It really doesn’t get much easier than iron on patches. Using some superhero patches attached to simple iron on patches, these slightly damaged jeans got a pretty heroic makeover in a matter of minutes.
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3. DIY Vinyl Iron On Knee Patches
Simple transfer vinyl and tons of glittery sparkles can transform a simple pair of tights in no time! Using a bit of vinyl fabric, you can cut any shapes or choose any patterns you want to iron on into your kiddos pants. This project is super inexpensive, incredibly easy to complete, and too adorable for words.
Get super creative DIY project tutorials, kid-friendly crafts, and fashion inspiration at Delia Creates.
4. DIY Waterproof Knee Patches
These knee patches are definitely meant to stand the test of time. Made out of super durable waterproof materials, these patches hold their own in dirt, mud, sand, rain, concrete, and gravel. These patches are the perfect solution to natural wear and tear.
Find the tutorial as well as tons of great DIY buys at Sugru.
5. DIY Monster Patches
These patches may resemble monsters but they are anything but terrifying. A bit of creative stitching and some felt fabric can have your kids and their clothes looking adorably monstrous.
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6. DIY Minecraft Knee Patches
Felt fabric, a sewing machine, and a tiny bit of knowledge of Minecraft characters are all you need to create these adorable little patches. The versatile fabric ensures that these patches can be sewn on anything from sweatpants to even the toughest pair of jeans.
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7. DIY Painted Knee Patches
Sure, your infants pants, leggings, and tights may not have the same level of damage as older kids, but that doesn’t mean they have to miss out on the fun of patches. These little tights have been enhanced with a bit of colorful fabric paint. Aside from a stencil and a bit of drying time, this project can be completed in only a few minutes!
Find chic, stylish inspiration for crafting your own clothes and accessories at Say Yes.
8. DIY Cloudy Knee Patches
These machine-stiched cloud patches may look professionally-made but they can be completed in well under an hour. These patches are super simple to create and so adorable that they can’t help but turn heads.
Get patterns, inspiration, and tutorials for making your own kids clothes at Probably Actually.