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Mickey Mouse Ears Patch- A Fun Way to Mend!

Last year I bought our little guy a really cute distressed Mickey and Pluto shirt. Then I left it on the table next to the couch to do something and when I came back our dog had chewed a hole in it. I had not even taken the tags off of it or washed it yet!

hole in shirt

I was upset, but I knew I could fix it and here’s what I did to mend it:

First I got some iron-on mending fabric.  They carry this in most craft/sewing stores and you can get it online too.  The great thing is even if you don’t sew you can still mend some things using these patches.  All you need is an iron.

iron on mending fabric

But before you iron it on you need to cut it to the size you need to cover your hole.  I decided to have a little fun with my patch and make it into the shape of Mickey ears.  To me this is not only fun but also makes it seem a little less like a repair and more like a part of the design of the shirt.  To get the Mickey ears shape I used a small measuring cup and the top of a soda bottle to trace onto the patch material.  Then I cut out the Mickey ears.

my ear templates

Next I put the Mickey ears over the hole and ironed it on.

the cut out patch

the patch ironed on

Once the Mickey ears were ironed on the outside I turned the shirt inside out and ironed another piece of the patching fabric on the inside so that the hole was covered both on the outside and the inside.

the shirt from the front

closeup of the patch

All in all it was a simple fix but I like how the Mickey ears are a little more fun that a random circle or rounded quare patch would have been.  My son loves Mickey and Pluto and he loves wearing this shirt.  He has worn it for about 4 months now and the patch has stayed on just fine.

So, anyone else doing any mending lately?  Tell me about it in the comments below!

Mickey Mouse Ears Patch mending idea


Thursday 13th of April 2017

That is SO cute! And just a great idea too!!


Thursday 13th of April 2017

Thank you! I tried to think of it as making lemonade out of a lemons-type situation. :)

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