Mending
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With the temperatures getting colder around here and with having a little more time on my hands after the holidays, I found my self this week sitting on my floor and  pinning patches onto some of my husbands pants.

Of course, my little helper is never far. :)

Of course, my little helper is never far away. :)

I started out with 4 pairs of pants that were in need of a lot of attention!  I cut the backs out on one pair and used it on the other to do a double knee.  Ending up with 2 useable pairs.

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IMG_2157My husband came up with the idea of doing double knees to salvage at least one pair of pants.  It definitely extends their use.  The last pair I fixed lasted another 6 months!

How about you?  What are some clever mending tricks you use for clothing?  Or tricks to make anything last a little longer.  I would love to hear them!

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About Leanna Hale

Leanna Barth, born and raised in NC, first came to Polyface in July 2010 to attend one of the Intensive Discovery Seminars. She loved it so much that she applied for an internship position and was accepted for the 2011 season, after which she took the inventory/gardener position. Before coming to Polyface, she sold produce from her family’s market garden, along with homemade baked goods. This venture was mostly inspired by having read “You Can Farm” by Joel Salatin. Having always loved the outdoors, animals, and gardening Leanna is excited about this coming year, all that she will learn, and how the Lord will use this job later on in her life.
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5 Responses to Mending

  1. Anna says:

    Hi Leanna! I’ve only just found the Polyface website and this blog. What a treat!

    I just love the make-do-and-mend approach! I’ve never thought of cutting the back out of a pair of pants to do double knees before, though–neato.

    We use hankies instead of kleenex around here–instead of buying them, I cut up old pairs of flannel pjs and serge or hem the pieces. They’re pretty soft, which is nice for your nose. It’s not mending, but it does make things go farther–a bit, anyway!

  2. Hello Leanna,
    Your post reminds me of how blessed I am to have a mother who taught me how to sew and to mend, it’s such a handy skill. My mending pile is quite high at the moment, and I often don’t find time to sew with a large family, but recently I used my sewing skills to hem shade cloth to fit over poly pipe to make shade structures for our growing chickens. I like your idea of the double knees, they always go in the knees don’t they, thanks for sharing. My mum taught me to remove the little box off the front of the sewing machine and push the leg of the jeans over the arm to work on the area that needs mending. Then, I place a spare piece of denim behind the area that needs mending, (I push and shove this in, but its probably easier to tack it in place first), and sew back and forwards in ‘zig zag’ stitch to secure it. Not very pretty, but seems to work.

  3. Ruth says:

    Leanna, I have no mending tips, but this is a good one and I may have to use it one day. Thanks! (p.s. I usually get my clothes–work and otherwise–at the DAV during the half-price sales….50 to 2.00 per pair).

  4. Karen says:

    When my four kids wear out the knees in their pants, I cut off the lower legs and hem for shorts. My older girls really like this as we can make them longer than the shorter lengths available at the stores. Also, old cotton tshirts that are beyond use are great for garden ties. I cut them into strips for tying tomatoes, peppers, and other veggies. I don’t even clean them up in the fall, just let them decompose!

  5. I MAKE ALL MY GRAND BABIES QUILTS OUT OF THEIR OLD CLOTHES AND ALSO CURTAINS TO MATCH. I EVEN CUT UP SOME OF THEIR OLD STUFFED ANIMALS AND ADD THAT MATERIAL IN OR MAKE A RUG FOR BESIDE THEIR BEDS OUT OF THE OLD STUFF ANIMALS THEY ALWAYS SEEM TO COLLECT SO MANY LOL THEY REALLY LOVE THE WARM RUG INSTEAD OF THE COLD FLOOR WHEN IT IS WINTER/ ANOTHER THING I DO IS MAKE THE OLD PILLOW CASE DRESSES I ALSO MAKE THEM OUT OF SOME OF MINE AND THEIR MOM’S CLOTHES AND THE GIRLS REALLY LOVE WHEN THEY CAN WEAR A DRESS AND MATCHING BOW OR HEADBAND OUT OF SOMETHING THAT THEY HAD SEEN US WEAR OR HAVE A PICTURE OF US IN. IT IS A LOT OF FUN AND THE LITTLE ONES WILL HELP OUT.I ALSO TRADE OUT OUR BUNNY POOP TO A COUPLE OF OLDER WOMEN WHO LIVE DOWN THE ROAD WITH A BEAUTIFUL FLOWER GARDEN IT IS THE BEST AND ALSO THEIR VEGETABLE GARDEN IN RETURN THEY GIVE US SOME VEGGIES FOR OURSELVES AND THE BUNNIES AND ALSO WILL HELP ON SEWING THE BLANKETS AND CURTAINS. LAST WINTER WE EVEN STARTED MAKING LITTLE BLANKETS FOR THE PEDIATRIC WARD AT THE HOSPITAL AND PUT A AD ON CRAIGSLIST ASKING FOR OLD CLOTHES TO USE OR FABRIC WE GOT A GREAT RESPONSE AND NOW ALSO HAVE 4 MORE LADIES MAKING BLANKET/QUILTS AND ALSO HOSPITAL GOWNS FOR THE LITTLE ONES AND LITTLE RUGS OUT OF OLD STUFF ANIMALS FOR THEIR BEDSIDES THOSE HOSPITAL FLOORS ARE SO COLD WHICH SOME HOSPITALS WILL ALLOW SOME WON’T BUT ALSO WE FOUND A NURSING HOME THAT HAS A CHILDREN WING AND DID THE SAME FOR THEM WITH MATCHING CURTAINS AND EVERYTHING. THE SMILES AND HUGS FROM THE KIDS IN LONG TERM CARE WILL MAKE YOUR HEART BURST WITH JOY. HOPEFULLY MORE PEOPLE WILL CHECK INTO IF THEIR OUR ANY KIDS IN LONG TERM CARE IN THEIR AREA AND SEE WHAT THEY CAN DO TO HELP. IT IS SAD THAT CHILDREN HAVE TO BE PLACED IN LONG TERM CARE BUT SOMETIMES IT CAN NOT BE HELP WHEN THE CHILD NEEDS A HIGH LEVEL OF CARE OR FINANCIALLY THE MOMS COULD NOT KEEP THE CHILD AT HOME. IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYONE REMEMBERS THE NEWBORNS AND FORGETS ABOUT THE OTHER KIDS WHICH IS TO BAD BECAUSE THE OTHER KIDS ARE THE ONES WHO REALLY NEED AND APPRECIATE THE LITTLE THINGS PEOPLE CAN DO TO BRIGHTEN THEIR LIVES AND IT WILL BRIGHTEN YOUR ALSO. THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SHARE THIS