DIY jodhpurs

Original H and M Jodhpur style treggings

A couple of posts back I showed how I gave a vintage tweed jacket some elbow patches. These H and M treggings on the right have the distinctive Jodhpur reinforced inner knee area but not the flared hip design. Good thing. Not so sure I want fabric billowing around my hips. The patch is dead easy to make. I used the exact same shape as the elbow patches on the jacket. It is two tea cups next to each other. Think O=O sort of shape.

My old pants with new Jodhpur style patches

The knee patches were cut from a piece of heavy black rib knit and hand stitched with thick embroidery thread to the knees. The stitches were large and course.  I wanted a rustic effect. Voila! I gained another pair of Jodhpur style trousers.


Jodhpurs originally come from a place called Jodhpur in India. They are based on a style of trouser called a Churidar. British tailors began making them for local riders.

In a previous post I was talking about the Rajput warriors in India and how they wear pieces of fabric as garments. I dredged up a photo I took of two blokes in Rajastan a few years back. I just love how they take what looks like a table cloth and turn it into trousers.

I guess back in the days, they didn’t have sewing machines, so that was how they made clothes. Don’t you just love their turbans? I couldn’t get over how heavy they are.

The Greenie Galleries at the top of this page have 100s of photos of older and newer projects showing multiple ways to make your own clothing and accessories. There are also ideas to recycle or upcycle.

See you soon.