Easy Crafts: No-sew Clothing Repair with Iron-on Patches

Bring on the fun.

Do you have a little one who plays too hard in his or her pants? Do you hate the thought of investing in new ones when shorts weather is right around the corner? I do! The good news is, there’s a solution for that. Have you ever used Dritz iron-on patches? They’re easy to use, and they’re more than functional. Combine them with patch templates and there’s a whole lot of fashion going on, too. My little guy couldn’t wait to wear his new kicks!

Easy Crafts: No-sew Clothing Repair with Iron-on Patches


Easy Crafts: No-sew Clothing Repair with Iron-on Patches

Here’s the “before” shot. All three pairs looked like this! I don’t know what he does on that left knee! (And believe it or not, these were new this spring!)


Easy Crafts: No-sew Clothing Repair with Iron-on Patches

Use the template of your choice and a disappearing ink pen to trace the design onto the front of your patch. 


Easy Crafts: No-sew Clothing Repair with Iron-on Patches

Apply the patch following the package instructions. (FYI: for the stars I used Dritz brown twill patches, and for the cuteness factor, I put one on each knee.)


Easy Crafts: No-sew Clothing Repair with Dritz Iron-on Patches

To make the gray patch with the red letter, I first used the template to create a rounded edge on the gray patch. I used a regular ink pen here, because for this one, I was marking on the back of the patch.

(FYI: To make the pants with the robot and lightning bolt, I followed the same process using the templates and twill iron-on patches.)


Easy Crafts: No-sew Clothing Repair with Dritz Iron-on Patches

Use a template to trace your letter. Again, I worked on the back of the patch with a regular pen. Just make sure you work on the right side of the patch – with the right kind of pen – depending on your letter. (No backwards letters, please.)


Easy Crafts: No-sew Clothing Repair with Dritz Iron-on Patches

You can reinforce the holes on the inside of the pants using scraps or unused colors. This is a good thing to do especially if the patch is very close to the edge of the hole on the front side.


Easy Crafts: No-sew Clothing Repair with Dritz Iron-on Patches

And, voilá, he’s ready to roll! Look at that smile! I’d say the patches did the trick!

Are you ready to give your little one’s wardrobe a quick refresh this spring? Patches are great for elbows or other spots that get a lot of wear. They can also be used just for plain fun – if you’ve got leftovers, apply them to lunch bags or backpacks. Use the Dritz patch templates or any basic stencil to cut clever shapes or letters.

Happy crafting! And have fun!

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