Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without!’

While we’ve always lived frugally and green, we haven’t always been completely conscious of our consumption. Lately, we’ve been making efforts on reducing our waste, thinking more about ethical spending and trying to repurpose things to avoid consuming something new.

One of the ways to avoid consuming is by taking time to mend the clothing you already own so you can keep on wearing it.

Button Mending

In the past few weeks, I’ve mended a dress sleeve that was ripped after being caught in the dryer, sewn buttons back on to my favorite dress, mended the lining of a coat and cut up an old pair of my husband’s worn out jeans to make patches for 3 pair that had holes in the knee.

It’s a great feeling to put in minimal effort and revive an article of clothing.

Mending Jeans Front

Now my two dresses are wearable again, my 5-year-old wool coat will continue keeping me warm for many more years and hubby’s jeans will continue to be useful!

Do you mend your clothing? 


responses to “Mending” 11

  1. I am envious of your mending your husbands jeans! Mine isn't able to wear patched clothes to work and so his holey jeans get tossed (we do keep a few pair for him to wear for days he doesn't go to work, so those do get worn clean out). I just recently have access to my sewing machine again and I do have a small pile of mending to do. I have also re-purposed a few pieces into other sewing projects, and now that I have my sewing machine again, instead of passing clothes on to Goodwill, I see it as "free" fabric I can use to make doll clothes or something for the girls.

    1. These are kept as work outside/weekend jeans to help keep his 'good' jeans that he does wear to work in better shape!

      Isn't up-cycling old clothes fun? I've made cloth baby wipes out of old flannel pajama pants recently and love cutting squares out of old cotton/denim clothing in hopes of making a big scrap quilt one of these days! And, how fun to make your girls doll clothes! 🙂

  2. I do a lot of mending!!! My fav trick for mending wholes (jeans, etc) is to use an iron on patch on the inside, then use a buttonhole stitch on the outside to sew over the hole. This does show, but it makes the patched area very sturdy. I just patched my college daughter's work jeans yesterday. Hemming items that are too long is another way to make clothes wearable. We are a tall family, so no need to shorten things here, BUT if clothes are too long, hemming is very necessary for shorter folk.

    1. We've used those iron on patches before too…just didn't want to spend the money this time! And, you're so right on the hemming (although that is a sewing task I do not enjoy!)

  3. I also do a lot of mending. I actually enjoy hand sewing (for fun!), so I do not mind mending one bit. I find it very meditative and relaxing. 🙂

    I've been lurking on your blog for a few months now. Just thought I'd comment for once. I love all your posts, especially the closet ones! Such inspiration for me! You're creating a very beautiful life. 🙂

  4. I've never learned to sew!:/ I can reattach a button, but that's about it. I even bought a sewing machine but have never taught myself how to use it.

    1. Sewing is not all that hard, but like anything there are a lot of parts to it. I suggest you contact your local Univsity Extention office (sometimes known as the 4-H office) and see if they offer sewing classes. The FCE (family/ consumer eduction) agent should be able to help you. And there are so many tutorials out there to learn the basics. Sometimes you can take classes at the store where you bought your machine too. Good luck.

  5. Yes, I definitely mend clothing and try to make it last. The only things I don't mend are undergarments and socks.

  6. I do – but more then that I redo clothing… Like, I turn a shirt my husband or I do not wear anymore into a dress or skirt for the gilrs for church. It is so neat to see my old shrit getting worn in a whole new way!

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