Sewing Tips: Basic Darning and Mending

Craft & Design Yarncraft


In today’s culture of disposable fashion, the simple art of basic darning and mending has been all but forgotten. But, thanks to a recent question from my BFF about fixing a hole in a garment, I stumbled upon this neat post on The Coletterie that features a few instructive pages on darning and mending techniques that were issued by the British government during their Make Do and Mend campaign during World War II. As a maker of many of my own items of clothing, these are definitely still skills that are relevant to me, and I thought that my fellow stitchers and crafters might appreciate them too!

Click here for additional images, plus more info on Make Do and Mend reference materials.


Haley Pierson-Cox from Red-Handled Scissors is a maker of crafts, a lover of cats, an avid swearing enthusiast, a cross-stitch book author, and a general purveyor of quirk. She's also sometimes an irritable cartoon named Tiny Cranky Haley.

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