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March is Mending Month on CRAFT

I spotted this Make Do Mend Poster by Bold & Noble on Decor 8 and thought how fitting it was since we planned “Mending Month” for March. There are times when you don’t really want to snip up your favorite sweater to refashion it into something else. In March, we’ll show you how to mend your favorite sweater, darn a sock, learn the art of patching, and lots more! It’s all about how you can make favorite clothes look almost like new again. So, if there’s a technique or how-to related to mending that you’d like us to help you with, please leave a comment to this post. We may not be able to cover every topic, but we’ll do our best to try!

40 thoughts on “March is Mending Month on CRAFT

  1. Anonymous says:

    Oo ooo–please post on how to darn a sock! And do you have any recommendations on fixing a split pants seam? Despite my best efforts, it’s forever such a weak spot and I’d love to know if there was a better way…

  2. Jo says:

    I know it’s got to be simple, but I love to hear of a really good way to mend sheets so that I’m not either snagging my feet on the mended bit or aware every time I lay on it. It’d be particularly great if it’s hand-sewing rather than machine work.

  3. Bladerunner says:

    Stretched-out buttonholes. I find nifty stuff at thrift stores, and a lot of items have buttonholes stretched out so much that the buttoning won’t stay closed.

  4. Emily says:

    Mending Month sounds like it’s going to be great! I would love an article about how to reinforce jeans to prevent holes in the knees/crotch areas, and how to fix them if they have become holey!

  5. Carolina says:

    I’d love to hear something on garments that are still good, but the colours faded with time and washing or the fabric is just worn out.
    Also, I’d like to know how to fix tears in jeans and make them look as if nothing happened.

  6. WES says:

    March is National Crochet Month, so how about how to fix up a sweater, gloves, table cloth/runner with a nice crocheted edging?

  7. Alicia Kachmar says:

    This falls into the patching category, but what else can you do to reinforce patches that are in stretch-y areas of jeans…i.e. thighs, ahem, crotch, when any kind of movement is going to stretch the patching and break the threads. But without it looking there are a bazillion stitches…I find myself re-patching the same areas every few months.

  8. mks says:

    I don’t know if this fall under the mending category, but I’d like to know how to get rid of the yellow spots under the arms on my white t-shirts and jumpers. They seem to develop over time and originates from the use of deodorant, but I cannot get them off with regular washing. This is only the case for my cotton t-shirts, not the ones made of synthetic materials.

  9. christie says:

    Alterations for curves in the bust and butt. Maybe more involved than you wanna be, but that’s what I need help with (my mom lives too far away). :)

  10. Jess says:

    I second the tutorial on darning socks. The boy and his sharp toenails poke holes in his socks in a matter of weeks. Those dress socks aren’t cheap, and I’d love to be able to fix them!

  11. Lisa says:

    I totally need to learn how to darn socks! I have some very awesome socks but the big toe and/or heels need some mending. I’m sure I could google, but I just have never done it. I want a source I know I can trust! Please please please show me to darn my socks so I can wear the cool ones again.

  12. CC says:

    It’s not really mending, but I need some aid in hemming skirts and pants.

  13. Fina says:

    My husband and I both have beloved sweaters with ragged edged cuffs. We would love to know how we might mend them.

  14. Kiki says:

    There was this invisible hemming technique my mom taught me when I was a kid and would hem my school uniforms. Can’t remember how to do it and it was darn useful, it would come in handy now for dressy skirts and pants.

  15. Jeanie says:

    My daughter is growing so fast right now that I can’t keep up. I remember in the 70’s when we used to add fabric to the bottoms of our jeans to make them longer. Could you tell us how to do that please?

  16. Anonymous says:

    I noticed another person requested this, but I would love to know how to patch those tricky areas on jeans. I have a pair that ripped on the inner thigh. I patched them, but they keep ripping because it’s in an area that is often stretched. Any help would be much appreciated…

  17. Heather says:

    I have a few down filled items – a coat, a comforter – that keep loosing feathers. Any ideas on how to mend these or minimize the feather leakage?

  18. fontgoddess says:

    Could you please cover fixing sweaters? Some of my sweaters have gotten snagged on things or developed little holes and I’d like some guidance on mending them.

  19. Ingrid says:

    Knitty has an article about darning in their archives,in Techniques by Theresa as I recall, so you might post a link to that when you cover darning next month.
    I’d like to learn how to redo buttonholes on an vintage tweed coat – I’ve done one and it looks sloppy and amateurish, and I want it to look as good as when the coat was new.

  20. Sophie says:

    I realize mending month is long past, but I can’t figure out how to submit a post to “Ask Craft,” so I’m posting here.
    My little sister, 20 years old, has a beloved black stuffed reindeer whose soft cotton skin is growing thin and ripped from years of snuggling. She is in the process of making him a blue jumpsuit to cover the majority of his body, but can’t figure out how to repair his head without covering up his cute face. Suggestions? How can a threadbare piece of fabric be mended?
    Thanks so much.

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