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Sailboat Trousers Before and After

Sail Away Striped Jersey Trousers Iron On Patches Refashion – Valentines Challenge Day 5

When I first looked at these striped jersey trousers, I could see they had definitely been well worn and loved. A good wash brightened them up no end though, and I was excited to choose a set of rectangular sailboat design patches to complement their nautical look and give them a fun slant. The pants have a wide leg so rounded rectangle patches in child size (12.25 × 8.5 cm) were a good fit.

The Valentine’s Challenge

The Challenge is to celebrate the launch of Vintage-Patch’s new range of mini patches for smaller size childrens’ clothes, and I’m seeing how many charity shop cast offs can be refashioned into something cool before 14th February.

How many upcycled transformations can we make from this heap of kids clothes?

Vintage-Patch Mini Range of Iron on Patches for Children

The new ‘Mini’ range is available in heart, circle, square and oval shapes.  They join adult and child size patches in most of our usual fabrics. Simply choose the patch fabric design you like (shown in our shop as oval by default) and then select your preferred size and shape from the options button.  TIP – Check which measurements will be suitable for your garment. These are listed in the ‘additional information’ section.

Equipment and Materials

I gathered together the usual equipment – an iron, tape measure or ruler, and pins or chalk to mark position plus needle and thread and scissors.   Last but not least, my choice from the following patches, all of which would have looked great alongside the blue and white stripes:

BUY White and Blue Sailboats Cotton Iron On Elbow / Knee Patches
BUY Mid Blue Denim Iron On Elbow / Knee Patches
BUY Blue and Beige Stripe Cotton Iron On Elbow / Knee Patches

The Refashion

Once I’d measured where the patches should go, I removed the patch backing and ironed them into position with a hot dry iron.  The stripes on the trousers made it easy to keep the patches straight – bonus!

By the way, full instructions for our patches are in each pack or check out our INSTRUCTIONS.

I decided to finish these patches off with blanket stitch. Normally I’d just do a line of running stitch around the edge, but it’s nice to ring the changes occasionally and the stitch suited the patch shape.

The Result!

The finished garment… I think the legs rolled up ready for paddling in the sea look especially cute.  Hope you like them.

Why not have a go yourself?  Better still, email me a photo of your creation so I  can feature it on the website.

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