How to create a hard-wearing knee patch for your kid's pants!

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This Instructable was inspired by the lovely Ellen's post on gurus about How to save a favourite pair of trousers.  Thanks Ellen!

The knees are always the first bit to go on kids pants - and it's a similar situation with the elbows on shirts.

This project provides a fun and easy way to add knee or elbow patches to your kids clothes. They'll provide protection for both your kid's knees and the clothes. 

Sugru is ideal for this project because:

It's really flexible
It can survive rough and tumble due to its hard wearing properties
It's waterproof - so no more muddy knees! (It's also machine washable)
It's available in colours that can be mixed, whether you want your patch to blend in or stand out!

If you need to stock up on sugru, you can buy it here and also from the Instructables store.

This project is a great one for the kids too - they can help think of colours and designs to put on the patches. 

So lets get started!

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Step 1: What you need

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For this project you'll need:

- A pair of pants or a shirt that you're happy to customise.
- 1 minipack of sugru per large patch (this'll be about the size of the bottom of a mug). 
- Something round (a roll of tape or a mug work really well)
- Elastic Bands
- Something to add texture to your patch! (we used a plastic dinosaur :)

The texture and colours are where the kids ideas can come in! You can use pretty much anything to add texture to sugru - you just need to give it a coating of soapy water, which acts as a release agent. You could use your kids (or your own!) model dinosaur to add tracks across it, or the end of a pen to make polka dots. The possibilities are pretty much endless.

See step 5 for texturing, I recommend that you have a texturing tool to hand from the start.

COLOUR MIXING: we have made a handy guide to show you how to create a range of new colour with sugru,

You can mix sugru to create new colours - sugru is available in primary colours which allows you to make loads of great new colours.

Sugru bonds to itself so you can build on your repair over time.

Although sugru can be easily removed from most nonporous materials it is not removable from fabrics. This is good in some ways, because it means that it will survive wash after wash in a washing machine.
projectsugru (author) 4 months ago

Hi, yup, of course. Would love to hear how you get on:)


Can you use this on the inside of the pants instead?? I am wanting to make uniform pants virtually indestructible.

AmyCat592 years ago
I think I'll use this technique to reinforce the corners of cloth tote bags!
Could also waterproof the bottoms of bags, I bet!
sunshiine2 years ago
What a clever idea!
scoochmaroo2 years ago
That is too rad. I love it!!
projectsugru (author)  scoochmaroo2 years ago
thank you :)