3 Ways to Mend Holes in Blue Jeans

When I go shopping for clothes it always amazes me how expensive blue jeans are that have holes in them.  If I want holes in my blue jeans all I need to do is let my boys wear them for a few days.  They are always getting holes in their jeans, especially in the knee area.

One way to deal with holes in jeans is to just cut them off above the knee and turn them into shorts.  However, a boy can only have so many pairs of jean shorts.  With it still being winter, shorts aren’t practical right now.  So, what’s a mom to do?

Mend the jeans!

3 Easy Sew Tutorials for How to Mend Holes in Blue Jeans from The Happy Housewife

Today I am going to share 3 ways that you can mend a pair of blue jeans that have holes in them.  Even if you are thinking, “I don’t know how to sew,” I would encourage you to scroll down and check out these ideas because not all of them require the use of a sewing machine.

1.  Iron-On Patches

You can easily purchase iron-on patches for blue jeans which can be cut to size. However, you can also make your own.

a.  Measure the size of your hole.  Cut a piece of blue jean fabric that is at least 1/2 inch larger than the hole.  (Old blue jeans that are beyond repair are an excellent source of patch fabric.) For example, this hole was less than 1 inch square so I made the patch 1 1/2 inches square.

b.  Cut a piece of Heat n Bond that is just slightly larger than the patch.  Use Heat n Bond Ultrahold (Available at Amazon or craft stores.) for this project as it is heavy duty and requires no sewing.

c.  Iron the Heat n Bond to the patch for 2 seconds. Once cool, pull away the paper backing and trim any excess Heat n Bond.

Please note that if you use an iron-on patch you may find that the corners may peel with repeated use or washing.  Therefore, I recommend this method on small holes only.  Optionally, you can hand sew the patch on before ironing it to the jeans.  Just pin the patch over the hole, then use a needle and thread to stitch it down, and then follow the next step.  

Place the patch over the hole, right side up, and iron for 4-6 seconds.  Allow to cool and then test to be sure the patch adhered to the jeans.

2.  Hand Sewing

Hand sewing a hole or rip in a pair of jeans is something I recommend only if the tear isn’t very wide.  The use of a blind stitch makes the hole disappear and the stitches “invisible”.

a.  Begin by cutting away some of the threads around the hole.  Don’t cut the actual fabric, just the frayed parts.

b. The stitch needed to sew an invisible seam is a vertical blind stitch.  Start 1/2 inch from the right edge of the hole and insert your needle from the inside of the jeans up through the top.

c.  You will make stitches that are vertical and that go across the hole from top to bottom.  Make several small stitches and gradually make them bigger until they are the height of the hole.  After a few stitches pull the thread taught and your stitches will become invisible.

Once you pass the hole go past it to the left 1/2 inch, gradually making your stitches smaller.  Remember to pull the thread in order to make your stitches invisible.  Tie off your thread and cut close to the jeans.

3.  Sewing Patches (2 Methods)

Method 1:

This method of sewing on a patch requires the fabric to be folded under and stitched on using a straight stitch on a sewing machine.

a.  Cut a piece of blue jean fabric (or fabric of your choice) larger than the hole.  Iron the edges to the wrong side 1/4 inch all around.

b.  Using a seam ripper, open the INNER seam of the jeans approximately 4 inches above and below the hole.  This will be much easier than trying to sew the patch on with the jeans as is.  Pin the patch in place.

c.  Using a straight stitch, sew the patch to the jeans using a 1/8 inch seam allowance.  Take care to keep the jeans out of the way underneath where you are stitching. Backstitch at the end.  Stitch the side of the jeans back together (Turn the jeans inside out first.).

Method 2:

This method of sewing on a patch uses a satin stitch on a sewing machine.

a.  Cut a piece of blue jean fabric (or fabric of your choice) larger than the hole (The patches pictured above were 3 inches by 3 3/4 inches).  Round off the corners with a pair of scissors.

b.  Using a seam ripper, open the INNER seam of the jeans approximately 4 inches above and below the hole.  This will be much easier than trying to sew the patch on with the jeans as is.  Pin the patch over the hole, centered on the jeans.  (I covered both knees so that they would be matching.)

c.  Using a tight satin stitch (Zig-zag stitch set to a wide width and a narrow length), sew around the entire patch.  Backstitch at the end.  Stitch the side of the jeans back together (Turn the jeans inside out first.).

Side note:  If using a fabric other than blue jean material to make patches, I recommend a sturdy fabric such as corduroy or twill.  If you use a decorative cotton fabric just be aware that children who make a hole in a pair of blue jeans are likely to make a hole in your decorative patch, too.  ?

Bonus Idea:  Get Creative

I saw an idea similar to this next one on this site, but I made some changes so a sewing machine isn’t necessary.

a.  Cut any stray threads away from the hole and use Fray Check (Available on Amazon or at your local craft store.) to seal the edges.  Cut a piece of red felt or fleece that is slightly larger than the hole (mouth).  Cut a piece of white felt or fleece that is as wide as the hole and longer (teeth).  Also cut 2 white circles (eyes).

Here are my measurements.
Hole-2 inches wide by 3/4 of an inch high
Circles-2 at 3/4 of an inch
Red Square- 2 1/2 inches
White for Teeth-1 1/2 inches high by 2 inches wide

b.  Cut the white piece of felt or fleece to look like teeth and use Fabri-Tac (Available at Amazon or your local craft store) to adhere it to the red square (Do not use Fabri-Tac on the actual pointy parts of the teeth.).  Use Fabri-Tac to adhere the white circles above the hole and to adhere the “mouth” to the inside of the hole.  Allow the Fabri-Tac to dry.

c.  Using a needle and embroidery floss, stitch the mouth and eyes in place.  This will provide extra durability.

If the jeans are beyond repair, you can recycle them and make a jean purse. Minimal sewing required!

DIY blue jean purse tutorial. Don't throw away those ripped jeans, recycle them and make a cute purse!

Mending jeans has proven to be a great way to save money for our family.  Have you ever mended a pair of blue jeans?  What method did you use?

The is a post from Jackie of Blessings Overflowing.


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Best Work from Home Jobs for Moms

Are you looking for legitimate work from home opportunities? If you want a flexible schedule (i.e. being able to pick up the kids from school/ sports), don’t want to pay for childcare, and want to be in charge of when you work and how often a work from home job might be perfect for you.

I’ve worked from home for the last 20 years and love the flexibility it’s given me to homeschool my kids, be available for their events, and add extra money to our family’s budget.

When times were financially tough for my family we realized we could do two things, save more money and make more money. After lowering our monthly bills, reducing our grocery budget, and getting rid of debt, making more money was the next step.

Best part time work from home jobs for moms. Legitimate ways to make money from home.

I started by selling used items on eBay, but that required shopping at yard sales every weekend and dealing with packaging and shipping multiple items every week. It was a great job when my kids were very little and I didn’t have commitments outside the home.

As my kids grew and were involved in extra curricular activities I couldn’t devote every weekend to shopping yard sales. I looked for work from home opportunities that were more flexible.

There are many legitimate options if you want to work from home. I have friends who are successful in network marketing companies such as Lula Roe, Young Living, Pampered Chef, Advocare, and Thirty-One Gifts.

If you don’t like selling (and I don’t!) but are interested in money making opportunities here’s a list of legitimate work from home jobs that don’t require you to host parties or sell anything.

Most of the work from home jobs listed below do require a computer and a strong internet connection. I’ve listed jobs that have flexible hours and pay above minimum wage. (most pay at least $20 an hour)

Part-time work from home jobs for moms 

VIPKID

If you have a college degree and a strong internet connection you can earn up to $22 an hour teaching children English online. This is a great opportunity for mom’s to work from home and earn great money without having to spend half your paycheck on childcare.

Click here to learn more and sign up. (It takes about 5 minutes to fill out the application.)

REV.com

Earn money as a transcriptionist, captioner, or translator working from home. Rev.com has openings in all three departments and you can work as much or as little as you want. You are paid by the minute or by the word depending on the job.

The pay ranges from $24-$40 per audio hour and you are paid weekly via Paypal. Learn more and sign up here. 

Chegg.com

Tutor middle school, high school, college students and professionals online from the convenience of your home. You set your hours and the subjects you are willing to teach. Earn bonuses for tutoring high-demand subjects.

Learn more about tutoring from home here.

UserTesting.com

Sign up to be a tester and you are asked to complete a series of tasks on a website or an app and provide feedback. While you are completing the tasks you record your commentary. Each set of tasks takes between 15-20 minutes and you are paid $10.

You can make up to $30-$45 an hour providing feedback in the comfort of your own home. Sign up here.

Worldwide 101  

Work as a virtual assistant in your own home and make as much as $20 an hour. They have available positions for executive assistants, social media managers, project managers and paralegals. Learn more and apply here.

Virtual Stylist with Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix is a subscription clothing company that sends customers new outfits every month or two depending on the subscription. As a stylist you would help put together “fixes” for customers.

You can apply for a stylist position if you live in the following cities:

  • Austin
  • Cleveland
  • Dallas
  • Minneapolis
  • Los Angeles
  • Pittsburgh
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco Bay Area

You can apply to be a stylist for Stitch Fix, and work from home and get an employee discount on Stitch Fix clothing. Click here to find out more and apply.

Freelance Writing

Do you love to save money and love to write? Freelance writing offers flexibility and extra spending money. My friends at Wise Bread are looking for freelance writers to contribute articles on frugal living, savvy shopping tips, and financial advice.

Learn more and apply here.

Freelance Anything with Fiverr

Fiverr is a website where customers can hire freelancers to do just about any online job. From managing social media accounts, to creating graphics, to proofreading and much more, Fiverr has people willing to do the work.

The downside of offering services on Fiverr is that most of the jobs start with an initial price of $5. However, the key to making good money is to offer an easy to complete job for $5,  then offer more complicated packages at an increased price.

Learn more about Fiverr and sign up for an account here.

There are many benefits to working from home. It’s possible to make more working part-time from home than full-time in an office. Once you deduct transportation, child-care, and other costs, you might find working from home to be a more profitable option.

If you are looking to make some extra money I highly recommend researching one or more of the work from home options listed above. They are all legitimate opportunities that offer good pay and flexible hours. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a college student looking for some extra spending money, one of these part-time opportunities could be perfect for you.

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Best Work from Home Jobs for Moms

Are you looking for legitimate work from home opportunities? If you want a flexible schedule (i.e. being able to pick up the kids from school/ sports), don’t want to pay for childcare, and want to be in charge of when you work and how often a work from home job might be perfect for you.

I’ve worked from home for the last 20 years and love the flexibility it’s given me to homeschool my kids, be available for their events, and add extra money to our family’s budget.

When times were financially tough for my family we realized we could do two things, save more money and make more money. After lowering our monthly bills, reducing our grocery budget, and getting rid of debt, making more money was the next step.

Best part time work from home jobs for moms. Legitimate ways to make money from home.

I started by selling used items on eBay, but that required shopping at yard sales every weekend and dealing with packaging and shipping multiple items every week. It was a great job when my kids were very little and I didn’t have commitments outside the home.

As my kids grew and were involved in extra curricular activities I couldn’t devote every weekend to shopping yard sales. I looked for work from home opportunities that were more flexible.

There are many legitimate options if you want to work from home. I have friends who are successful in network marketing companies such as Lula Roe, Young Living, Pampered Chef, Advocare, and Thirty-One Gifts.

If you don’t like selling (and I don’t!) but are interested in money making opportunities here’s a list of legitimate work from home jobs that don’t require you to host parties or sell anything.

Most of the work from home jobs listed below do require a computer and a strong internet connection. I’ve listed jobs that have flexible hours and pay above minimum wage. (most pay at least $20 an hour)

Part-time work from home jobs for moms 

VIPKID

If you have a college degree and a strong internet connection you can earn up to $22 an hour teaching children English online. This is a great opportunity for mom’s to work from home and earn great money without having to spend half your paycheck on childcare.

Click here to learn more and sign up. (It takes about 5 minutes to fill out the application.)

REV.com

Earn money as a transcriptionist, captioner, or translator working from home. Rev.com has openings in all three departments and you can work as much or as little as you want. You are paid by the minute or by the word depending on the job.

The pay ranges from $24-$40 per audio hour and you are paid weekly via Paypal. Learn more and sign up here. 

Chegg.com

Tutor middle school, high school, college students and professionals online from the convenience of your home. You set your hours and the subjects you are willing to teach. Earn bonuses for tutoring high-demand subjects.

Learn more about tutoring from home here.

UserTesting.com

Sign up to be a tester and you are asked to complete a series of tasks on a website or an app and provide feedback. While you are completing the tasks you record your commentary. Each set of tasks takes between 15-20 minutes and you are paid $10.

You can make up to $30-$45 an hour providing feedback in the comfort of your own home. Sign up here.

Worldwide 101  

Work as a virtual assistant in your own home and make as much as $20 an hour. They have available positions for executive assistants, social media managers, project managers and paralegals. Learn more and apply here.

Virtual Stylist with Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix is a subscription clothing company that sends customers new outfits every month or two depending on the subscription. As a stylist you would help put together “fixes” for customers.

You can apply for a stylist position if you live in the following cities:

  • Austin
  • Cleveland
  • Dallas
  • Minneapolis
  • Los Angeles
  • Pittsburgh
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco Bay Area

You can apply to be a stylist for Stitch Fix, and work from home and get an employee discount on Stitch Fix clothing. Click here to find out more and apply.

Freelance Writing

Do you love to save money and love to write? Freelance writing offers flexibility and extra spending money. My friends at Wise Bread are looking for freelance writers to contribute articles on frugal living, savvy shopping tips, and financial advice.

Learn more and apply here.

Freelance Anything with Fiverr

Fiverr is a website where customers can hire freelancers to do just about any online job. From managing social media accounts, to creating graphics, to proofreading and much more, Fiverr has people willing to do the work.

The downside of offering services on Fiverr is that most of the jobs start with an initial price of $5. However, the key to making good money is to offer an easy to complete job for $5,  then offer more complicated packages at an increased price.

Learn more about Fiverr and sign up for an account here.

There are many benefits to working from home. It’s possible to make more working part-time from home than full-time in an office. Once you deduct transportation, child-care, and other costs, you might find working from home to be a more profitable option.

If you are looking to make some extra money I highly recommend researching one or more of the work from home options listed above. They are all legitimate opportunities that offer good pay and flexible hours. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a college student looking for some extra spending money, one of these part-time opportunities could be perfect for you.

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No Sugar Challenge: Fit for Good

Get motivated to kick the sugar habit for 21 days! We're sharing tips, encouragement, recipes, and checking in daily!

Are you ready to give your body a break from sugar? Many people resolve to get fit in the new year and not eating sugar is a great way to drop a few extra pounds and inches.

This challenge is simple. Stop eating sugar. You set the parameters, regarding whether you are going to try and substitute sugar with honey or agave or if you want to give up the sweet stuff altogether. My recommendation is that you give it up totally so that foods that are naturally sweet (mainly fruit) can serve as your sweet treats and you will be able to make better choices in the future.

We’ve done many no sugar challenges in the past and I’m excited to be doing another one with you. For many people this is what it takes for them to give up their daily soda or candy habit.

While we’re doing this challenge together beginning January 8th. Just sign up below and you’ll get daily reminders, helpful tips, and encouragement for 21 days.

No Sugar Challenge Sign Up



Don’t forget to use the #fitforgood hashtag on Instagram and Twitter so we can follow you!

On January 8th we get started! Don’t miss on your opportunity for accountability and a way to share your success with a community of people cheering you on.

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Join us for the 21 day no sugar challenge. Learn how to break bad habits and get #fitforgood

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How to Your Cancel Amazon Prime Membership

Are you ready to cancel your Amazon prime membership? Perhaps you don’t shop on Amazon as much as you thought and aren’t taking advantage of the benefits of Amazon Prime membership.

Maybe you signed up for the free trial and now have buyer’s remorse. It’s simple to cancel your Amazon Prime membership and if you are still in your free trial you will pay nothing.

How to Cancel Your Amazon Prime Membership

Cancel your free trial membership

If you still in your free trial period, click here to manage your trial membership. You can cancel your Amazon Prime free trial membership by clicking on the link that says “Do not continue.” As long as you cancel your Prime membership within 30 days you will not be charged anything, no matter what benefits you use.

Cancel an active Prime Membership

If you have already paid for the Amazon Prime membership (maybe you forgot to cancel during your free trial period) you can still cancel and get a full refund, IF you have not used any of the Amazon Prime benefits. 

According to Amazon, if you are eligible for a refund you will receive it within 3-5 business days. I recommend setting up a calendar reminder to make sure you get your refund in a timely manner.

You can cancel your membership at any time, however you will not be refunded any money if you or anyone in your household has used your Prime benefits.

how to cancel amazon prime membership

If you currently have an Amazon Prime membership but aren’t using all the Amazon Prime benefits each year, set up a renewal reminder with Amazon.

Amazon will email you three days before your Prime membership renews date but you have to request it. You can request the email reminder on the Prime membership page,  just click on the blue text on the left hand side.

When Amazon sends you the renewal email you can cancel your membership and not be charged for the next year.

Cancel a Prime Membership set up by a third party

If you received an Amazon Prime Membership via a third party, you need to contact the third party to manage your membership. You cannot cancel it directly through Amazon.

Before you cancel your Amazon Prime Free Trial Membership

While I never recommend spending money on something you don’t use, I’m always surprised by home many people don’t know all the benefits of Amazon Prime.

Not only do you get free two-day shipping on millions of items on the website, you also get free photo storage, free Kindle books to read, and streaming music, television, and movies. If you want to learn more about how you can take advantage of your Amazon Prime membership check out my article on why I love it.

Amazon Prime isn’t for everyone

While I love Amazon Prime and all its benefits I realize it isn’t for everyone. If you only purchase sparingly on Amazon (like during the holidays) and don’t take advantage off all the other Prime benefits, it’s probably not worth the $10.99 a month ($99 a year).

It’s also important to note, that since I’ve been shopping on Amazon, they’ve offered some level of free shipping every December, but you have to make a minimum purchase. So, if you only do your holiday shopping on Amazon, it might make more financial sense to take advantage of their free shipping offers open to everyone and cancel your Prime membership after the free trial period.

If you signed up for a free trial of Amazon Prime, I highly recommend creating a calendar reminder for 25 days after your sign up date. This will help you remember to cancel your Prime membership and you won’t be charged any fee.

Remember when you cancel your membership to follow all the directions on the website. Amazon makes it easy to cancel, but you do go through two webpages to complete the process.  Once you have cancelled you will get a confirmation of your cancellation on the screen.

If you have already paid for Prime, but have not used any benefits, you will see a refund on your credit card statement in a few days.

 

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How to Your Cancel Amazon Prime Membership

Are you ready to cancel your Amazon prime membership? Perhaps you don’t shop on Amazon as much as you thought and aren’t taking advantage of the benefits of Amazon Prime membership.

Maybe you signed up for the free trial and now have buyer’s remorse. It’s simple to cancel your Amazon Prime membership and if you are still in your free trial you will pay nothing.

How to Cancel Your Amazon Prime Membership

Cancel your free trial membership

If you still in your free trial period, click here to manage your trial membership. You can cancel your Amazon Prime free trial membership by clicking on the link that says “Do not continue.” As long as you cancel your Prime membership within 30 days you will not be charged anything, no matter what benefits you use.

Cancel an active Prime Membership

If you have already paid for the Amazon Prime membership (maybe you forgot to cancel during your free trial period) you can still cancel and get a full refund, IF you have not used any of the Amazon Prime benefits. 

According to Amazon, if you are eligible for a refund you will receive it within 3-5 business days. I recommend setting up a calendar reminder to make sure you get your refund in a timely manner.

You can cancel your membership at any time, however you will not be refunded any money if you or anyone in your household has used your Prime benefits.

how to cancel amazon prime membership

If you currently have an Amazon Prime membership but aren’t using all the Amazon Prime benefits each year, set up a renewal reminder with Amazon.

Amazon will email you three days before your Prime membership renews date but you have to request it. You can request the email reminder on the Prime membership page,  just click on the blue text on the left hand side.

When Amazon sends you the renewal email you can cancel your membership and not be charged for the next year.

Cancel a Prime Membership set up by a third party

If you received an Amazon Prime Membership via a third party, you need to contact the third party to manage your membership. You cannot cancel it directly through Amazon.

Before you cancel your Amazon Prime Free Trial Membership

While I never recommend spending money on something you don’t use, I’m always surprised by home many people don’t know all the benefits of Amazon Prime.

Not only do you get free two-day shipping on millions of items on the website, you also get free photo storage, free Kindle books to read, and streaming music, television, and movies. If you want to learn more about how you can take advantage of your Amazon Prime membership check out my article on why I love it.

Amazon Prime isn’t for everyone

While I love Amazon Prime and all its benefits I realize it isn’t for everyone. If you only purchase sparingly on Amazon (like during the holidays) and don’t take advantage off all the other Prime benefits, it’s probably not worth the $10.99 a month ($99 a year).

It’s also important to note, that since I’ve been shopping on Amazon, they’ve offered some level of free shipping every December, but you have to make a minimum purchase. So, if you only do your holiday shopping on Amazon, it might make more financial sense to take advantage of their free shipping offers open to everyone and cancel your Prime membership after the free trial period.

If you signed up for a free trial of Amazon Prime, I highly recommend creating a calendar reminder for 25 days after your sign up date. This will help you remember to cancel your Prime membership and you won’t be charged any fee.

Remember when you cancel your membership to follow all the directions on the website. Amazon makes it easy to cancel, but you do go through two webpages to complete the process.  Once you have cancelled you will get a confirmation of your cancellation on the screen.

If you have already paid for Prime, but have not used any benefits, you will see a refund on your credit card statement in a few days.

 

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