HAVE YOU EVER HAD A WEEK LIKE I HAD THIS WEEK?
The kind of week, where the once beautiful clothes you sent your child to preschool in, aged prematurely? My son, Max, presented me with a week like this, this past week!
We live in a warmer climate. It is almost shorts season. By almost, I mean, maybe even two weeks from now, we will be showing off our naked calf muscles to the gloriously warm sun! So given that information, and knowing that Summer Break is right around the corner for most school children anyways, you can appreciate my sentiments when I saw my son’s best fitting jeans, one pair after the other, two days in a row, come home with a rip! To further my anguish, his brand-new monkey tee, a shirt I bought him because I loved it, somehow got ripped right above his navel!
I refuse to buy new jeans at this stage in the year. Somehow, that seems wrong to me. For several reasons I’d argue this point. (And, I won’t even go into how I feel about my four-year-old’s jeans costing as much as mine, and lasting maybe 10% of the wear time…)
Reason 1: It’s almost shorts weather.
Reason 2: He’s in a I’m a rugged boy and I want to destroy things mode.
Reason 3: He grows like a weed. Not even four for two weeks yet (He’s a March baby), and his pediatrician told me this week he’s only five inches away from four foot tall! He almost certainly will not be this same size next October, and even when I try to guess future sizing, I don’t guess correctly.
Reason 4: IT JUST SEEMS WRONG AND WAY TOO EASY TO SCRAP PERFECTLY GOOD CLOTHES…
SooOOOOooooo, just as a Mama Chickpea does with every dilemma that arises, she calls out to her CRAFTING SUPER POWERS, this time to oppose ugly, dull, store-bought, iron-on patches and defeat the doldrums of mediocrity…to create one-of-a-kind, super-awesome, designer toddler fashion. Because, after-all, what kind of supermom frivolously spends money from her budget, tosses perfectly good play clothes, and does not harness her powers of crafting brilliance?! Not this crafty Mama!! (Insert cheering, here!)
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! Project Super Patches, BEGIN!
For only a couple dollars (I got my packs on a 50% off sale, for about $2.50), I purchased the type of iron-on patches, anyone can use. They come in a pack of about 12, various sizes, sturdy fabrics, and basic pant colors. They are super simple to use. You just set your iron to it’s highest fabric compatible setting, cut-to-size, and start ironing. This however seemed too ordinary for me and my scissors can’t do straight lines (lol), so I first designed some basic ideas to cover the flaws: a mustache and goatee for Mr. Monkey Boo-Boo, a set of stars for jean rip #1, and a pair of toothy monsters for jean rip #2. I did have some exceptions to using materials other than this pack of basic patches. I stitched basic red stitches on scrap denim for the top layer of the stars and I used some red scrap fabric for the insides of the mouths of the hungry boo-boo monsters. Neither of these were necessary to achieve a fun look similar to mine. For me, though, the devil is always in my details! I love finishing touches!!
Other than these exceptions, all I did was cut and iron! You can do this, too!! If you would like more information on how I achieved these looks, please drop me a note!