We’re introducing #MendingMonday on the blog (and on Instagram, too!). We’re going to show you some fab, often easy, techniques to repair your clothes and for good reason; fashion has become disposable and that’s having a devastating impact on our planet. Have a read of this. By buying less, buying quality and caring for the items we already own, we can begin to tackle this ever-growing problem…..
So first up we’re tackling how to repair a wardrobe staple, your jeans.
Patch them holes!
This is such a simple thing to do! And you can be super-creative with it. Just follow these steps…
- Cut some fabric – any fabric – a little bigger than the hole.
- Pin it in place.
- Hand sew it.
Voila, you’re done. So easy. Takes less than half an hour.
It’s devastating when the zipper busts on a perfectly good pair of jeans! Check out this video on how to fix a jean zipper that is off track. It takes a little time, but worth the investment.
Fixing the crotch
Often the first place to show signs of wear and tear, this one is a useful one to know. It can also be patched, like in the first example, but needs to be a little more robust. Fusible denim is the ideal option for crotch repairs and you can but it for a couple of pounds. See full instructions here.
Fixing frayed hems
Instructables have a really simple follow step by step page on how to do this, so I won’t repeat that here, have a read of it. If you want to hem them properly, and have a little extra length to play with, this is a great tutorial – a real life skill!
Not exactly a repair, but really worth remembering that making a pair of much-loved jeans in to a pair of shorts or in to a skirt is super easy. It’s a five-minute job but this video has some great tips for cutting a great shape:
and if you’d like to refashion into something else, this is a great round-up.
Let us know what you’re mending – tag us @jakeandmaya on Instagram and use #MendingMonday