Recently my son started refusing to wear two pairs of his jeans because well… they were broken and according to him the only solution was to buy new jeans. Ah, the whims of a 3 year-old.
For this project I needed pants, scissors, needle, tread, Liquid Stitch, felt scraps, knit scraps and time.
Step 1. Find jeans with holes (or make the holes)
As someone who was a teen during the “grunge” era I look at the before shot and think “You call those holes?!” but to my 3 year-old they were apocalyptic.
Step 2. Make the holes even bigger (if not already big). Think mouth-like when cutting the holes. No need to be perfect since monsters are kind of wacky looking anyways.
Step 3. Cut out your patches. Make sure the patches are slightly bigger than your holes. About 1/4″ worked best for me. The red patch ended up being too small and I had to cut a new one. This is a good time to dig through your fabrics scraps. I used knit scraps leftover from t-shirts chopped up for other projects.
Step 4. Cut out your features. From felt scraps I freehand cut out teeth, various sized eyes, pupils and some other details that I ended up not using. It was good to have extras because that allowed me to play around until I found the right monster face.
Step 5. Turn your jeans inside out and position the teeth. In order to make my life easier I used Liquid Stitch to tack everything down and adhered the teeth to the jeans with a few drops. From using Liquid Stitch in the past I knew I could use a little bit of it without running into the stiff spots you sometimes get from using a glue on fabric. If you are want to use a different glue I’d suggest testing it on a scrap of the same or at least a very similar fabric first. Of course you can also use a needle and thread close to the jean color to tack the details in place.
Step 6. Add a patch piece. Again, I used a little big of Liquid Stitch to hold it in place but thread would work fine. Wait a few minutes for the glue (if using) to set before moving on to…
Step 7. Turn your jeans right side out and tack down the eyes. Any other details can be added at this time too. I had cut out pieces to be used as horns but I ended up liking the look of the minimal monster more.
Step 8. If you used Liquid Stitch (or another glue) I’d make sure that it is totally dry before proceeding to Step 9.
Step 9. For the final step I hand stitched around the mouth, eyes and pupils. I agree with the inspiration blog post that seam ripping the leg seam, machine stitching the details and re-sewing the leg would be faster. I thought the hand sewing was a relaxing activity to do before bed.
If you are wondering if the whole thing could have been done without any sewing. I personally had issues with the felt pupil sticking to the felt eye and don’t think it would of ever lasted without any extra stitching. The rest seemed pretty stuck on but with how hard kids can be on their clothes I’d still recommend top stitching for extra staying power.
Step 10. Let your little monster try on the pants and enjoy!