Tuesday, January 22, 2013


I have always heard "use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without" and it seems that many more people are finding this a way of life.  The price of things keeps climbing and I am finding the quality declining.  That means things need more repair and wear out much faster.  Mending is one of those lost arts that is making a come back. 

These boots were a Christmas present and lost a button that I sewed back on.  I am now kicking myself that I didn't take the time to reinforce the other button. 

It came off a couple days later and wasn't recovered.   A trip to the fabric store and $1.60 later these are good as new!  Well, actually better as I know these buttons will still be on in a month. :)
Towels are another item that I find the quality lacking.  I had two towels where the hem came unraveled.
I know many who would have tossed these and purchased new towels.  I purchased a spool of thread to match and about ten minutes at the machine and these were back in business.
I absolutely love capri pants!  I had two pair that I had wore to the point that the knees became so thin they ended up tearing. 
They are so comfortable that I wasn't happy about parting with them.  Then I thought why not cut them off and make shorts.

Perfect for wearing around the house! 

I would love to hear if you mend.    If so how far do you go... do you darn socks?  Check back tomorrow and see what I did with the material cut off of the pants.

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!


  1. Yes I mend. I taught myself to sew when our kids were little. I use extra material for baby quilts, kitchen towels, and dog coats. Well done and a great way to save some money.

  2. Great job! I do the same thing with towels and pillowcases when the hems come loose.

    I haven't done any darning. So often when we have holes in our socks, the entire bottom is worn pretty thin.

    Knees always are the first to go in my pants too-maybe because I am on the floor with the littles?!?

  3. Great job! You are doing good making things last. We do the same thing here. Keep up the good work. God bless.

  4. I am willing to mend to extend the life of a product. I don't mend the hems of towels, nor do I get rid of them. It doesn't bother me if they are a bit tattered around the edges. I keep 2-4 nice towels for when we have guests. I am amazed at how quickly others will throw something away, or not alert the mfr when a new item does not live up to expectations.

  5. In my experience, if a towel hem is going to unravel, it will do so after the first washing. I always keep my receipts in an envelope in my purse, dated for the month. If a new towel unravels, I have the receipt handy, and it goes back to the store.

    I do mend, sew buttons back on, and try to make things last, but I think you are doing better than I!

  6. I am terrible at sewing, but I definitely do mending. Nathan's winter gloves were coming apart at some seams, so I took care of those this weekend. I just noticed this morning that Natalie's favorite leggings have a small hole in the knee, so I need to tend to those before it gets any bigger!

  7. you are so right about poor quality towels. We could use some new ones but I am reluctant to buy any because the last several ones we bought had to be repaired soon after they were used a few times too.

  8. I mend my towels as well, and I do darn socks lol

    I learned with my greatgrandmother and in those days you didn't just throw something out because it tore, you fixed it and moved on.

  9. I do darn socks - and having just looked at my clothing budget for the family this year I need to get to work on my mending pile because I won't be replacing much!

  10. I'll be doing some mending later today. It's a real money saver.

    Harvest Lane Cottage


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