I always say that if you want to save money by sewing, you should practice mending. Because it reduces the need to buy replacement items, mending saves money, and since it often just takes a moment or two, the return on your time investment is fabulous.
And that’s all before we even talk about the fact that mending extends the usable life of items and keeps them out of the landfill.
I did some mending this past week, and I thought I’d share because sometimes seeing other people’s done tasks is motivating for me.
So, here you go!
I bought this fleece years ago for a dollar or two at Old Navy, because the shoulder seam is sewn on slightly wrong.
Long-time readers might remember it from this 2008 post, actually!
Anyway, the trim on the top of the collar was coming apart, so I sewed it back on.
It’s not perfect, but I don’t really care, because by this point, it’s a fleece that I just I throw on with my PJ pants. It doesn’t need to be a top-notch mend job.
When we got our new table, we bought placemats to protect it, and one of them recently began coming apart at the seam.
So I sewed it up. Super easy!
Yet another dishtowel was coming apart at the hem. Do your dishtowels do this too? I feel like mine come apart at a surprising rate. And this one was only a few months old!
It’s good as new now.
And lastly, Zoe’s little Calico Critter vest lost a button. This is a tiny, tiny button (see the dime for scale.)
At first, I wasn’t sure how I’d even get a needle through those tiny holes, but luckily, I had one with a very small top, and I was able to sew the button on.
Zoe was quite pleased when she found the mended vest. “So much better, Mom!”
Sometimes, it’s literally the small things that make children happy. Ha.
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