When my son put his knee through two-week old jeans (yes, two weeks), my mind turned to cloth patches.
We introduced you to the very talented Jennie Maizels a little while ago, with the publication of her stunning book, Pop Up London. But Pop Up London is just one of the things in Maizels’ collection – there’s also Clothes Plasters (and darling fabrics, which I’ll get to!).
The Clothes Plasters designs are cool enough to pass muster with my eight-year-old – apparently it’s okay to have ‘Rock’ on your knee or a pair of flaming dice, but also include designs to suit the preschool crowd, such as robots, cupcakes and rockets. I’m trying to work out if I can get away with a pair of flamingos on my own jeans…
Special mention must be made of Maizels’ fabrics. If you’re handy with a sewing machine (that’s not me but I wish it was) you’ll probably have a hundred projects in mind as soon as you see these gorgeous designs.
I’m thrilled by the really cool options for boys – the sweet ‘Lunar Boy’ print and the blue and white ‘Control Freak’ design – perfect for older boys. Maizels also makes skulls stylish with a clever skeleton and gingham combination.
While I do love the fabric patterned with shoes, my favourite design is ‘Dream House’ – detailed drawings of all sorts of rooms including a music room complete with a grand piano and chandelier to a little study with a vintage phone and a moose head on the wall (see below).
Clothes Plasters range from £2.99 for individual patches to £9.99 for sets of ten. Fabric is available by the metre for £29.90 per metre. Clothes Plasters and fabric are both available directly from Jennie Maizels.