How to Make Hippie Patch Work Pants

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How to Make Hippie Patch Work Pants
Patchwork trousers are a comfortable recycled fashion trend. (patchwork (2) image by harmonie57 from

Hippie patchwork trousers were a colourful way to extend the life of jeans in the '60s and '70s. The patches traditionally ended up on the seat or the knees of the jeans. You can design and make your own hippie patchwork trousers to recycle a fashion trend for the new millennium. Place the patches on your trousers wherever you like.

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Things you need

  • Jeans or old trousers
  • Patchwork squares
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Lay out your trousers on a flat surface. Note any holes or rips you need to cover and measure how large a patch you will need.

  2. 2

    Lay out your patches and place them together to form desired designs. You can finish off the edges of the patches by sewing them down or leaving them raw before you attach them to the trousers. Note that raw edges may cause the patch to split with wear and tear, especially in the knees and seat of the trousers.

  3. 3

    Pin your patchwork designs into place on the trousers. Be creative. You can create patchwork designs on the hems or seams of the trousers. You can also replace pockets with several patches. Fold the patches to make belt loops or paint brush loops on the side. Create patches from traditional quilt square designs.

  4. 4

    Hand sew your patches into place for an authentic hippie patchwork trousers look. Use double stitching to keep the patchwork in place.

  5. 5

    Remove the pins and any loose threads.

Tips and warnings

  • Polyester thread tends to be stronger than cotton thread and works better for hand sewing.
  • Using a sewing machine may make the patchwork look too finished or neat.
  • Heavier fabrics such as brocade or tapestry will not make good patches, as they tend to pull on and break hand sewing.

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