Psychotic Housewife likes our Denim Jean Patches

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

We recently sent Storm, the host of Confessions of a Psychotic Housewife, a sample denim jean patch for her to review on her popular blog. She wrote a great post on shopping at thrift stores and ways to keep your clothes longer, including using our patches. She says they’re easy to use and help to save money while keeping clothes out of the landfill. Thanks, Storm!

Read Storm’s full post here.

Our jean patches covered by Green and Clean Mom

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Green and Clean Mom reviewed our jean patches today and had nothing but good things to say. She loves the fact that they are iron on so they’re easy to apply. She also is a fan of the different shades so she can get closer to matching her jeans. And she can’t deny how great it is to recycle denim instead of buying something new.

See her review on our denim jean patches, and her readers’ comments, here!

Blake is Back

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Portland denim lovers, you can rest easy. Blake, PDX’s own denim mecca, is back after a few month hiatus. And the store has moved to  a bigger, better, more airy location in the old Smith and Hawken building. I had the opportunity to stop by and check out the store’s vast selection of blue jeans and accessories at the grand re-opening party last week. The store is famous for carrying hard to find selvedge styles and importing brands such as Kicking Mule, Naked and Famous and Nudie.

Check out the denim wonderland for yourself:





Blake carries mens and womens brands, as well as accessories, jackets, dresses and even one-of-a-kind antiques. Next time you are in Portland stop by the old Smith & Hawken space to see the new, improved Blake store.

Levi’s Green Jeans

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

One of the reasons people buy our denim patches for their jeans is because they don’t like the harmful environmental effects of making new jeans. The average pair of jeans uses 11 gallons of water in the finishing process. By using a denim patch for your jeans, you not only save the jeans you love and lots of money, but you also save water.

Levi’s is bucking the trend and has developed a new process that uses on average 28% less water. We support their efforts and can’t wait to make denim patches from their jeans.

5 Alternate Uses for a Denim Patch

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

digimarc.msHere at Johnny Patch we are all about reducing our carbon footprint. We are proud of our “green” product, made with recycled denim. Did you know that our patches actually have other uses than patching up your jeans?

Here are some uses you might not have thought of.

1) Dust rag – Denim is like a magnet for dust. Johnny Patch patches are conveniently palm sized, making them perfect for dusting. Use the patch to clean shelves, electronics, or my favorite, the ceiling fan. When your done, throw the patch in the wash.

2) Potholder. If you are in a pinch in the kitchen use the patches as a potholder. Denim is durable and should keep you safe from the heat.

3) Doll/Pet Pillow. At 4″x4″ Johnny Patch jean patches are the perfect size for a tiny little pillow. Simply iron 3 of the edges together, stuff with cotton balls or fabric stuffing, and iron the final side. This is an easy project you can also do with your kids!

4) Jar Opener. The patches will help you open stubborn jar tops with ease. Simply drape the fabric over the top and turn! The adhesive side of the patch will grip on to the jar making it easier to open.

5) Patch other things. Think outside the box – denim doesn’t have to just patch jeans. Use a patch on a leather jacket or even a cotton shirt with a hole.

Black and Blue?

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

This recent editorial in Nylon Magazine suggests that black and blue denim are a new trend for Fall. Designers are taking traditional jean washes and combining them with plain black denim in creative ways.


Why pay up to $700 for designer jeans when you can create the look yourself at home? Simply take a pair of ripped black jeans and patch them up with our denim patches. They come in 3 different washes so you can mix up the look. Get creative, for a unique look that’s sure to be trendy this season.

Ruby Rose gets Denim Patch for Jeans

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Ruby Rose, the talented designer, model and TV star, is getting a Johnny Patch. On a recent Qantas flight, she was almost denied access to business class due to the holes in her jeans. Granted she designed these jeans to have holes, but maybe another design with denim patches covering the holes is in order? In the meantime, we’re going to send her a patch so she can keep riding business class as she travels the world.

Patches for sweatpants, not jeans?

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

patches for sweats, not jeans

Patches are everywhere now for all sorts of clothing. A cool company called Play Me Jeans has these hip sweats with big patches on the knees. They look good for yoga or hanging around the house, and we love the idea of lengthening the lifespan of clothing with a patch. There’s nothing worse than throwing things away when they’re at their most comfortable point. Patches aren’t only for jeans, but sweats now, too!

The Best Denim Jackets for Fall

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Thursday marks the beginning of a brand new season…some say THE season for denim. Take a whiff of the crisp air outside because Autumn is here! And it is about time to start thinking about a new jacket and denim is the best type of jacket for mildly cool weather.  From military to cropped to black, we have a breakdown of the must-have jean jackets this Fall.


Clockwise from top left – Closed Sterling Jacket – $379, Insight Modern Lover Jacket – $89, Alice + Olivia Military Jacket – $200, Wet Seal Crop Denim Jacket – $25, Old Navy Jacket – $35

5 Best IPhone Apps for Denim Fans

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

mzl.pipkclgu.320x480-75It seems like these days there really is an app for everything. We have put together a list of our favorite denim related apps for the iPhone.

1) Gap StyleMixer – Love Gap jeans? This is the app for you. Mix and match Gap’s jeans and other clothes with what you already have in your closet. Share your outfits with your friends for instant feedback or purchase new items directly from your phone.

2) Denim Dept – This app from Blackbook Magazine is perfect if you are a denim lover in LA or NYC. Find the closest participating denim retailer and show them your app for a discount! Read store and product reviews as well.

3) Gilt Groupe – Available for both the iPad and iPhone, the Gilt Groupe app is the ultimate destination for designer sample sales. The site frequently features sales from William Rast, J Brand, Miss Sixty and other designer denim brands. Incredible prices are available with the click of a button.

4) ShopStyle – Looking for jeans? ShopStyle is essentially a shopping search engine. Use it to bring up styles and prices on your favorite jeans brands and denim accessories.

5) NY Raw City Guide By GStar- Denim brand GStar put together this great travel app for NYC. The app has a built in GPS and will point you in the right direction of nearby stores, restaurants and clubs. Perfect whether you live in the city or are just visiting.

  • Testimonials

    • Great company, great product!  They responded immediately to a small glitch and promptly sent a replacement - terrific customer service!  The patch looks wonderful & has saved my favorite jeans.Gene
      Taos, NM

    • Johnny Patches stick amazingly well. We ironed them on our 6-year old son's jeans and they've survived his toughest punishment for months!Erin
      New York, NY

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