I have always wondered why it is so hard to find used boys clothes...especially pants. Now that I have a very active toddler I totally get it. It's because boys ruin everything. Since January we have gone through 19 pairs of pants, all succumbing to the same fate. Hole-in-left-knee-itis. I can drop B off at school in a brand new (to him) pair of pants and when I pick him up there is a huge hole in the left knee. The right knee? Always perfect.
The irony of the environmental impact of this is not lost on me. New clothing has a large environmental footprint when you consider the harvesting of materials, manufacture of the end product including using dyes and then the final transport to a local store. In the last several years we have seen the sad reality of the fashion industry first hand with the tragedies in Bangladesh. Thankfully I don't buy him brand new clothes, instead opting to buy them 2nd hand or getting them for free from a local Mom to Mom Facebook Page.
For months now I have been trying everything possible to stop the madness. Stickers! Not a big enough incentive apparently. High 5's! Not even close to working. And at a low point one day I even threatened to make him start using his piggy bank money to pay for new pants. That obviously went over real well.
The last option is to look at repairing the pants so he can
ruin wear them again. It is not a permanent fix, especially considering he has put holes in patches before but hopefully it can get me through until it is shorts weather. Personally I have only used one method to patch pants and that is buying the iron on jean squares. They are fast, easy and allow me to cut to size so I don't waste the patch. But they don't work for cords or jogging pants. So I took to Pinterest to put together a collection of what others are doing to repair pants. These are my favourites.
- Make a MONSTER - Read more OMG or a NINJA
- Sew scraps of jeans on the inside of the hole - Read more
- Make your own patch on the outside of the pants - Read more
- Use interfacing and a sewing machine - Read more
- Get rid of the knees all together and replace them with other material - Read more
- Completely cover the entire knee - Read more
How do you patch pants? Or better yet, how do you prevent holes in the first place?
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