We live in such a throw away society. As soon as an article of clothing gets a hole, especially one not on a seam, we automatically think "Oh well, time to throw it out and get a new one". I'm guilty of this myself and I've been sewing since I was 15. Instead of tossing my clothes I'm making a real effort to mend them first and get as much life out of them as possible. This is especially helpful to remember when you are at a clothing swap or thrift store and see something you love but it has a hole here or there. Don't be afraid of mending, it doesn't have to be perfect and its perfectly fine if it's obvious that a mend has taken place.
Check out some of my most recent mends:
|Blue Shirt Mended|
I chose to mend this shirt making it overly obvious that it had been fixed. I used contrasting colors and stitched wider than necessary. I like the way it turned out
|Close up of stitching|
I used zig zag stitch with colored thread on top and white on the bottom. I stitched in the direction of the ribs (opposite direction of the stretch) so that the shirt would still be able to stretch fine when worn.
I fixed this seam by hand-stitching a whip stitch but this could easily be fixed with a sewing machine using either a straight or zig zag stitch.
|Hole on butt of yoga pants|
I pinched the hole together on the inside of the fabric then did a whip stitch.
Don't throw out your loved clothing because of a simple hole. There is life in it still. A simple stitch or two can bring it back in to your wardrobe rotation.