Skinny Jean Knee Patch DIY


I’ve been spying pretty elbow and knee patches around the internet and I wanted to get in on the fun. Here’s a DIY if you’d like to make some too!


You will need:

  • A pair of skinny jeans. I love Old Navy’s jeans because I know what size works for me(“Diva” with the short people length) and cuts down on jean shopping time, ha! I buy all my jeans from Plato’s Closet(a secondhand store) for $8.
  • 1/4 yard of fabric for the knee patches. I used a brown tweed.
  • Embroidery floss that matches the stitching on your jeans.
  • Scissors.
  • Embroidery Needle.


I made a rough oval pattern that you’re welcome to download and print for your patches.

1. Cut out an oval shape(be sure to leave a seam allowance if you want your ovals larger) and pin it to your fabric. Cut around the edges so that you have four ovals by the end!


2. Next, with the fabric facing each other, sew around the the edges of your oval. (I used a 3/8” seam allowance). Leave an inch or two unsewn, so you can pull it right side out.


3. Once you’ve sewn around the edges, pull your ovasl right side out. You can handstitch the openings shut with regular thread, but I just tucked them in and sewed them closed with the embroidery thread later on.


4. Put your jeans on and place and pin the oval patches on your knees where you would like them.


5. And then hand stitch on the patches with embroidery floss. I pulled the floss apart so I only was used three strands to stitch with!


Outfit Details: Whole outfit thrifted!

If you end up making these, let me know! <3

{ 11 comments… add one }

  • zee July 5, 2012, 7:10 pm

    those are pretty rad! i like the tweed fabric you used too it contrasts well with the jeans. and on another note…your boots are awesome where did you get those! lol message me back i want a pair!

  • Nikki June 29, 2012, 3:57 pm

    Cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • Ariel September 12, 2011, 6:25 pm

    I love this! Oh my goodness! Too cute. And can I please have your hair!? haha
    Have a great week!

  • pixie September 11, 2011, 7:46 am

    Thanks for the blurb about the diva jean and short people! I’m always on the lookout for jeans with shorter inseams, however, I find to most brands, short inseams are 30in which is still a mile too long on my little daschound legs.

  • kim September 10, 2011, 3:19 pm

    i just found your blog cause a friend pinned this diy on pinterest. nice idea. ive been trying to think of a way to do this myself. thanks for sharing and doing the thinking for me. :D
    I think i’ll be sticking around these parts.

  • Jada September 9, 2011, 8:57 pm

    I LOVE THIS. I need to do this on a pair of jeans :) Your whole outfit is so stinkin adorable!!

  • Michelle Clement September 9, 2011, 4:00 pm

    So cute, Kara! Love the fabric you used, too! :)

  • Rosie September 9, 2011, 2:57 pm

    Those are super cute, but I feel like they would look more natural if you only used one layer, and just folded the edges under. Still, great idea and beautifully executed!

  • alex September 8, 2011, 10:20 pm

    I love this DIY! The jeans came out lovely!

  • Natty Malik September 8, 2011, 8:11 pm

    That’s too cute! It’d also be cute on the elbows of a blazer!

  • kelsie September 8, 2011, 2:55 pm



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