Patches are a creative and fun way to turn a simple pair of kids trousers into something special. It’s easy and trendy and a great way to hide those new holes and extend the life of your kid’s pants or leggings. 

Try these DIYs for a creative and fun way to patch your kid’s pants. Enjoy!

1. Tanya Memme’s DIY Monster Knee Patches – Home and Family

Tanya Memme shows you how to make your own fun monster knee patches that your kids will love to sport on their jeans. The first thing you need to do is cut out the size of the monster patch in your kid’s jeans. You can use fabric glue in putting the monster design on the denim and know that the more glue you add, the more durable the patch will be. Tanya admits that she’s not a sewer, so if she can do this DIY, anybody can!

2. Make Do and Mend: Patching a Knee

This mend a kneehole tutorial by using patches is a creative way to patch a kneehole in your kid’s jeans. The materials used are denim iron-on patches and cookie cutters for tracing and shaping. The result is a super cool look that doesn’t look like a mended jeans. Your kids will surely love these creative DIY ideas.

Patches on a Jeans Knee Hole

3. Crawling Baby Pants

Make some crawling baby pants with padded knees for your adorable little one! This knee patches can also be used as a crawling baby pants when you sew in knee pads to protect your baby’s knee from getting sore by crawling to the hard floor.  These crawling baby pants are perfect for crawling babies.

Knee Padded Crawling Baby Leggings

4. No-Sew DIY Distressed Buffalo Plaid Toddler Jeans

This is a no-sew DIY distressed buffalo plaid patched toddler jeans that you can make for your baby, toddler, or even an adult. Materials used are scissors, tweezers, fabric glue and fabric. This tutorial is super easy!

5. Dino Knee Patches Tutorial – A Hand-me-down Rehab

This tutorial is more of a hand-me-down rehab than patching kid’s jeans. There are lots of ways to patch to add patches to your kid’s jeans. This one is another creative and resourceful way to add life to old kid jeans. 

Dino Patches on Jeans

6. Sew-on Patches for Jeans

Patches for jeans are a must this author’s house, she used sewn-on patches on her son who loves hiking and jumping. If your kids love hiking and outdoor activities, try these DIY sewn-on patches on your kid’s jeans.

Sew-on Patches on Jeans


7. How to patch jeans with Iron-on patches

All kids hit a certain age when jeans get holes in the knees on a very frequent basis. Patching jeans is not a difficult task, even when there is no sewing machine at hand. Iron-on patches make the task simple, as only iron and ironing boards are required!

Since the iron-on patches over the knee area are exposed to a lot of wear and stress, however, the patches will not stay on the jeans long-term unless a simple whip-stitch is added around the border of the patch. This stitching does not require a sewing machine and is fairly simple to do, even without prior knowledge of sewing techniques. An iron-on patch with a whip stitch around the edge will last indefinitely. Try these ideas on how to patch jeans with Iron-on patches.

8. 3 Easy and adorable ways to patch pants

Running, jumping, dancing, playing, falling and getting back up again. It’s all part of the magic of childhood, and it’s all hard on your kids’ clothes. Patch up those holes or cover any stubborn stains with these three ideas that are not square.

Patch Covered Knee Hole

9. Cool kids’ patches for jeans.

In case there are others out there with children who have been crawling everywhere. Chris shared the resources and direction she used to create fun patches for your kid’s jeans.

Cool Kids Patches For Jeans

10. Heart Knee Patches

Read this cute heart knee patches tutorial for your little girl’s leggings. This leggings mending and repurposing tutorial is super easy to follow. 

DIY Heart Patches

11. Mend With Me! Repair Kids Pants with Knee Patches

This video shows how you to mend kid’s pants. SlowFashionMom put some patches on a pair of her son’s jeans with old denim scraps and repairing her daughters’ leggings with patches made from old ones.  Mending clothing can extend the life of your kids’ clothes and save your money and help the earth!

12. Fun patches for boys

Check out these 12 fun patches for boy’s pants ideas. 

Fun Patches For Boys

13. Custom DIY Iron-on Patches for Jeans

This tutorial shows different creative ways to put iron-on patches on your kid’s jeans. Iron-on patches are great for fixing holes in jeans knees or preventing holes in your kid’s jeans.

Custom Iron-on Patch on Jeans

14. Easy DIY Fall Clothes How to Upcycle Hands Me Downs For Kids Resize Oversized T-shirt No Sew!

This video shows you the Easy DIY on how to upcycle hands me down clothes for kids. This easy YouTube DIY video is great for girls, kids, teenagers, moms, and beginners who want to have ideas and learn simple life hacks on upcycling old clothes.
Time Stamps:
1:16 DIY Emoji Patch Denim Pants
1:51 DIY Cat Face Knee Leggings
2:35 DIY Graphic Emoji Tee Cinderella Quote Tee
3:20 DIY Studded Beanies/Shorts
4:08 DIY How TO Resize A T-shirt
5:02 DIY Plaid Ripped Shorts
5:41 Toddler Modeling Mini Fjallraven Kanken Backpack

15. Decorate Kids Old Jeans With Iraj / Mom and Daughter DIY / Sew Cute Girls

This video is a quick DIY. What is great in this video is that this gives you ideas on how a mom and kids can have fun together by doing a simple creative DIY. This gives your kids opportunities to learn, explore and develop their creativity. This DIY won’t take a lot of your time, but your little one will surely enjoy this.

Now that you have lots of ideas on how to patch and upcycle your kids’ pants creatively. Have fun creating with these techniques and mixing various patches or doing DIY patches. Laughing Lizards has a wide variety of affordable and cute patches that you could use. Check Laughing Lizards and enjoy doing DIY with your kids!


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