Crochet Patches for Old Clothes

Don't you hate it when a piece of your favorite clothing gets stained or torn? This happened to The Animator's Wife the other day. She sat down in her favorite khaki skirt and all of a sudden, riiippp, it tore up the leg.

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Of course, being her favorite skirt, some other holes had worn their way in throughout the years that she didn't worry much about since "worn" clothes are the style now, but that slit was a bit obscene. Personally I think she should just admit that the skirt is just a tad too small now that she's had a baby and get rid of it already, but what do I know about human fashion? She loves it. She wanted to fix it.

Enter crochet patches. This is a simple repair any crocheter can do, even if you don't sew, using a product called Heat'N Bond. This stuff creates a permanent bond and is machine-washable.

  • Crochet patches - you can make the motifs yourself or find handmade ones on eBay or Etsy
  • Heat'n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive - amount will depend on the size and number of your patches
  • Parchment paper
  • Iron

1. First of all, make sure your patches are blocked before you begin. This will make a tremendous difference in the final look of the patch. Never blocked before? Check out this post. We'll wait...

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2. Are your patches blocked? Great! Now set your iron for about medium heat with no steam.

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2. Lay your patches out flat on a sheet of parchment paper, wrong side up (if there is a wrong side). The parchment paper is not necessary, but will keep the Heat'N Bond from sticking to your ironing surface. Do not use wax paper. It will melt to the Heat'N Bond. We know from experience.

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3. Lay the Heat'N Bond over the patches, paper side up.

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4. Iron over the paper, holding the iron on each spot for 2 seconds to make sure the heat fully penetrates the paper.

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5. Allow the Heat'N Bond to cool, then go ahead and flip it over. Your patches should be firmly affixed to the underside.

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6. Trim the excess Heat'N Bond from around the patches. You don't need all that extra.

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7. If your item to be repaired is double-layered (like a skirt or shirt), place a sheet of parchment paper between the layers so you don't accidentally bond them together.

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8. Peel the paper off the back of your patch.

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9. Place the patch right-side up in the desired location on the clothing article. The sticky backing should be between the patch and the clothing.

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10. Iron over the patch, holding the iron for a good 10-15 seconds this time to make sure the heat penetrates the patch and activates the adhesive. Thick patches may require even more time. Note: If your patch was made from a yarn for which ironing is not recommended, like acrylic, you will want to place a sheet of parchment paper on top of the patch before ironing to protect it from the iron. When in doubt, just use the parchment.

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And voila! No more stains or holes. You have successfully extended your garment's life.