Fabulous Blue Jean Fix

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Last summer, every single pair of kid's jeans in this house that had holey knees got turned into shorts. The boy got a plain hem, but the girls got a cute ribbon cheater hem like these. I stole the idea from Jessica at Balancing Everything and it is a really cute and easy way to finish a hem. I even made a quick tutorial and put it up in my flickr tutorials.

I get the sewing bug every.single.spring and this year is no exception. We had a bunch of holey jeans again, but the temperatures aren't quite warm enough for shorts in these parts. Most of them got plain old patches on the knees (I did serge around the patches with colorful thread) but one pair in particular got some special attention. This pair is currently worn by my almost 10-year old daughter. She is really thin, so the fact that these jeans are a size 7 doesn't matter one bit. She has been wearing them for about 2 years, and when they were new I hemmed them up almost 2 inches so she didn't walk on the hems. She's gotten a lot taller since then, and has worn through the knees, so I decided that in addition to patching the knees, I needed to let out the hem.

jeans, hem still sewn

The problem was, however, that two years of wear left some definite wear lines at the bottoms of the legs.

jeans--before

and a close-up
let-out hems before washing

I let the hems out and then washed them to get out the creases. Since there is some spandex in the denim, they smoothed right out with a washing. I patched the knees with denim from an old pair and some fusible web, serging around the patch and sewing it on with a zig-zag stitch in addition to ironing the patch on with the fusible web.

patched knees and let-out hems

Then I went to my trim and ribbon stash. When I find cute ribbon spools on sale, I usually pick a few up (especially since I learned about the ribbon hems) and I buy trim and rick-rack assortments from Home Sew. It is a really, really inexpensive way to buy rick-rack and bias tape, since an entire assortment (14-30 yards) isn't much more than one single package at the fabric store. Every time I make an order from Home Sew, I tack an assortment or two on to my order. I found two sizes of rick-rack and some cute ribbon and started sewing. I didn't even pin the trims on, just used my eyes and tried my best to cover the wear lines from the old hem.

first round of rick rack

sewing on rick rack

about to sew last ribbon on

all fixed up

close up of embellished leg

As you can see, they aren't perfect, and they aren't going to last forever, but they didn't take much time or materials and best of all, my daughter loves them!