Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Mend and Make Do

Another way I save cash is to mend our clothing.

Today I needed to do a bit of mending on Harvey's favorite pj pants and jeans.

This is what the pj pants looked like before I fixed them.

And this is what they looked like after.

I extended the wear on these by at least another year, perhaps even longer.

The jeans were a bit harder to fix as the tear was very close to the seam and another repair I had made previously.

I cut a small piece of denim from one of the recycled denim squares (I cut up old jeans and such to make quilts), pinned it behind this tear.
Then I continued with my mending by doing a zig zag stitch over and over again across the rip and the backing material.

This is what it ended up looking like
 I noticed that I have to fix a corner of the other pocket yet but I will do that next week. Right now these jeans are good enough to wear around the house.

After I fixed them and showed them to Harvey, he offhandedly mentioned that he was going to throw them out (by that he meant give them to me to recycle). Hmmm, don't think so dear.

Saved a bundle today doing this as new clothing for him to replace these items would have cost close to $40.00. Total cost to mend them was about 30 minutes of my time and some thread that was in my stash.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


  1. Jackie -

    I am doing more mending too. In fact, that reminds me I need to mend my winter robe as the zipper is coming loose. Off to get it now before I forget!

  2. That's a very nice repair ... I recently patched a pair of DH's work-outside pants. Figured it's cheaper then to have to constantly buy jeans.