Given the clouds of recessionary doom and gloom surrounding us all at the moment, it’s probably not surprising that some of us are going back to what our grandparents would have considered to be the norm, the philosophy of “make do and mend”.  The only problem is that, for the majority of us, in recent years any signs of wear and tear on our clothes would have meant relegating them to a resale store, a charity, or a garbage bag. As a society we’ve simply forgotten most of the once-popular methods of prolonging a garment’s life. 

Though there are a lot of options for accomplished sewers, here are a couple of grandmother-approved methods of preservation that can be handled by a complete novice. 

  • Patching – covering a rip or tear with a “patch” of cloth.  Absolute beginners can use an iron-on patch whilst those with even basic sewing experience can stitch one on in either a matching or contrasting fabric.
  • Darning – quite simply a sewing technique used to repair holes or worn areas in fabric or knitwear.  Generally done by hand, using a simple running stitch, the thread is woven along the grain over a gap in the fabric.  After enough stitches are criss-crossed over the hole it will disappear.

Give it a try and you may be pleased by the results…