Reverse Applique Patches for Kid’s Jeans

Reverse applique is what I used for this project, and it means that the raw edge of the original hole will still remain visible, which is part of why I’m calling this a visible mending technique!

Materials Used:  Visible Mending Reverse Applique

– Torn piece of clothing – Fabric scraps – Embroidery floss – Scraps of heat n’ bond – Bias binding maker (optional)

Step 1: Cutting Out the Patch for Reverse Applique

The first thing I did on this project was to cut off the straggly bits of denim from where the ‘fashionable’ tears had gotten bigger and bigger.

Step 2: Heat N’ Bond to Attach Patches

Once the patches were cut to size, I had a rummage in the little plastic bag of heat n’ bond scraps I keep from leftovers from larger projects.

Step 3: Visible Mending Running Stitch

I basically did a large running stitch or straight stitch around the edge of each patch. I went around three times, making sure that was the case. I crossed the first stitch line, and I was alternating where the stitches appeared.

I had some bright, long jelly  roll-length selvedge end strips from a Moda scrap bag. I picked one in orange and one in yellow.

Step 4: Overcomplicate Things with Binding! (Optional)

To start, I folded under the raw edges on one end of the binding strip and enclosed the raw edge of the jeans inside the strip.

Step 5: Attaching Binding in a Square Shape