When Mr. FG and I got our king bed, we needed new sheets. So, we read reviews and decided to order a set of highly-rated organic sheets.
They’ve been mostly fine, but unfortunately, one of the pillowcases started coming apart.
It’s not the end of the world, but it’s a little irritating for it to happen on highly-rated sheets.
I could complain to the company, I know, but I decided to just get out my sewing machine.
Luckily, the fraying part was on the inside of the pillowcase, so I just zig-zagged over it (folding it under would have made the shape of the pillowcase weird), and I think it’s going to be fine now.
While I had my sewing machine out, I sewed up two fraying kitchen towels.
These are some of the last survivors from the towels I received at bridal showers 20 years ago.
I trimmed off the frayed parts…
And then folded the edges over, sewing with a zig-zag stitch.
I think the fabric of these will probably be disintegrating by the time my zig-zag stitches wear out, and then I’ll happily get rid of them, or throw them into the rag towel bin.
But for now, they live to see another day!
Is mending dish towels the most important part of frugal living? Nah.
Is this kind of thing going to be key to funding our retirement? Umm, probably not.
But I already had my machine out, and it took me just a few minutes to trim and sew the towels, which will now serve me in my kitchen for another few years.
Plus, breathing a little extra life into household items makes my frugal heart happy, so it was worth it to me.
And of course, when an item that’s practically brand new (like my pillowcase or this placemat and towel) has a seam/hem problem, it is totally worth it to do a quick mending job to prevent fraying. That pillowcase has a lot of years of life left now.
Thus ends my mending-justification-time.