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Sew On Patches for Jeans – Sashiko Style

Looking for cute ways to patch kids' pants? Sashiko style bug sew on patches are easy and adorable.

Sew on patches for jeans are a must in this house, there isn’t an iron on knee patch strong enough to take the hiking and jumping my son does. We try to spend as much time outside as possible, hiking and exploring, which leads to a lot of laundry and even more mending.

Instead of buying the prepackaged patches, I have been DIY-ing them from upcycled jeans and denim scraps. You can see a full tutorial for how to make the patches in this post, where I sewed some stars on. For this pair, I used a bug silhouette and they turned out so cute!

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How To Make A Zipper Toy for Toddlers

Use this zipper toy tutorial to sew a toddler toy! A few zippers and some embroidered words will make learning colors fun, and it rolls up easily to tuck into a purse or bag for entertainment on the go.

Time to sew a zipper toy for toddlers! The buckle toy I made for my son has been well loved by him, then my daughter, and now a friend’s daughter so I wanted to try a different twist along the same lines. My daughter is now 2 and interested in colors, so this rainbow sewing tutorial has a bonus learning benefit. It rolls up easily so it can be tucked into a bag or used in the carseat. Handmade toys are one of my favorite things to sew for kids; they don’t outgrow them as quickly as clothing! I love that I could upcycle a burp cloth for this project too, it was so pretty with the rainbow backing but stained on the other side from being used.

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Monster Applique Quilt

Use up your fabric scraps and make this monster applique quilt! It's easier than it looks, and make a super fun quilt for kids.

I finished my third quilt! I had so much fun sewing this; I used a bunch of knit fabric scraps from all the clothes I’ve made my kids over the years. It’s sewn from a Craftsy pattern/class and you can see my full review, sharing what is included and what to expect, in this post. I gifted this to our family friends and I hope their kids love it as much as mine do!

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Upcycling for Boys – Embellished Raglans

Check out these upcycled shirts for boys! Simple embellishments like patches and reverse applique can jazz up simple shirts.

I love upcycling. I have a giant stash of t-shirts just waiting to be re-imagined, most of them dropped off by friends and family. Many of the shirts and pants I sew for my kids don’t make it to the blog, they aren’t that interesting, but right after I sewed this up, a few folks were asking me for inspiration ideas to upcycle for their sons. I gifted these to a friend’s son, but I think they show a nice variety of options when upcycling for boys, and decided to share them here!

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