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How to Fix Pants

If you have raised a boy or observed someone raising a boy or in fact encountered a boy at any point in your life, you may be aware that boys are very hard on the knees of their pants. Sometimes the pants seem to have been worn only once or twice to family weddings before they appear in the laundry with a gaping hole in one knee. Usually the right, although I cannot explain why this is true.

If you have experienced this problem, I am here for you. I have found a solution. (Remember, I am very crafty.) Even better, this solution takes less than five minutes including cleanup.

See these pants?

They are good pants. Hardly any wear (except for the gaping hole in the right knee) and they still fit. These pants need to be salvaged. Here’s what to do:

  1. Lay pants out carefully on a flat surface.
  2. Mark (just in your head is fine if you are experienced like I am) a location about an inch and a half above the gaping hole.
  3. Fold pants over so you can make a cut at the same location on both legs.
  4. Using the good scissors (the ones you hide from everyone else in the house), make a careful cut straight across both legs. Like this:
  5. Hand the boy his new shorts.
  6. Throw the rest of the legs away.
  7. Re-hide the scissors.
  8. Reheat your cold coffee.

You’re welcome.

2 thoughts on “How to Fix Pants

  1. This is an excellent, practical solution. Thanks for sharing. However, the Mennonite in me balks at pitching the perfectly fine part of the pants below the hole. Why not save them and make a quilt or a tent for the boys to play in? You could see how long it is before they poke a hole in either of those. Just a thought.

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