Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mending: How to Patch

Mending your clothing, towels, bedding, and other linens is a time honored and frugal tradition. When folks had to spin their own fibers and/or weave their own cloth and sew their own clothing, taking care of garments and linens was a time saving device.

Now we are inclined to throw away an otherwise perfectly good garment rather than mend it. Is the disposable garment saving you time?

How much did it cost you? How many hours did you (or your parent or partner) have to work to pay for it? How much will it cost to replace? How many hours will you (or your parent or partner) have to work to pay for it? Is it good fabric? Will you really be able to find a comparable well-made replacement in today's cheap import discount department store? Will the replacement item available be made from plastics (acrylic, polyester) rather than comfortable, breathable natural fibers (wool, cotton, hemp, rayon/viscose, ramie)?

If we take all those questions under consideration, we can see it takes less of your time, your money, and your raw materials to patch your clothing than it does to replace it.

Here's how to do it:

4 Secrets to Patching Clothes
Mend Your Jeans
How to Mend a Hole with a Cute Patch

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