It’s been a little while since I sewed anything, but I’ve been slowly whittling down my mending pile now that school is out for the summer.
Actually, I also did a little bit of repurposing (and I do mean little.)
He belongs to Sonia (Because of course. He’s a turtle.), and Sonia felt he was in need of a scarf.
So, she brought me an old sweater, and I managed to cut a scarf-length section from the arm.
I just used one piece, folded in half, right sides together. I stitched almost all the way around, turned it inside out, and hand-sewed the small opening shut.
And now Nelson has a scarf. He looks happy, don’t you think?
Once Nelson had a scarf, Zoe’s bear Barney suddenly had a hankering for one too.
These two crack me up.
I’ve also done some mending, which is probably the most common type of sewing I do.
This towel has only lived at my house since Christmas, but for some reason, the hem was already coming apart.
So, I sewed it back up.
The same thing happened to one of our bath towels shortly after we bought it.
(Sometimes I wonder if they don’t backstitch the hems at the factory or something!)
But it’s fixed now.
Oh, and I also mended a sleep shirt of mine. It has adjustable straps, but the adjuster pieces were made of plastic and one broke.
So, I cut the strap, removed the broken piece, and just sewed the strap at the length that fits me.
I tried sewing that by machine, but it ended up being much easier to just sew by hand.
Mending isn’t very creative or exciting, certainly, but I do really love to fix things that are falling apart. It usually doesn’t take long, and it greatly extends the usable life of my things.
A lot of people think that the best way to save money by sewing is to construct clothes from scratch, but I think mending easily saves you the most money per hour of effort.
Joshua’s 52 Project post: Blackened (I have no idea what this is a picture of!)