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!