Ahh, Mend it May, I had such a great vision of mending something everyday for a month. Before yesterday I had managed to mend one measley hanging loop on my coat.  Oh and a dog lead for a friend that I forget to take an after photo of. She was apparently singing my praises at work after coming home to find out that not only had I walked her dog as usual, I’d also taken her broken lead home, replaced the clip (with one from my bag of bits salvaged from deceased bags) and brought it back (she is a good friend). However, in the process of describing how amazed she was she described the lead as “leathery” (there’s definitely something sturdy inside that webbing) and raised doubts about her ability to handsew something so tough (although my mend includes hand sewing). So now all her workmates think I have specialist leather sewing equipment (actually I just used a denim needle) and have leaped to the conclusion that I make leather fetish wear. Sigh.

So as May is nearly over I decided to crack on and though I’m not averaging one mend a day now, no where near, I did pull my finger out and make a dent in my mending pile. Three pairs of home made jogging bottoms for the boy, all with holes in the right knee, now mended, ready to fight another day. (Note to self, for the next batch, consider amending the pattern to include reinforced knees).

The zipper on this hoodie had broken and a while ago (no idea how long now) I managed to buy the same type of zip I used to make it with so that I only had to replace one side. I’d unpicked the broken side, yesterday I tacked in and sewed up the replacement, reminding myself in the process what a pig to work with bold wiggly designs are on a fabric.  Luckily the hoodie was huge to start with so even after a while in mending purgatory it’s still a little baggy on him now.


The same can’t be said for the three pairs of (shop bought) leggings that I tackled, one got mended, the other two with large holes in the knee’s got turned into shorts (the kind of thing my daughter wears under he school dress).  These all go on the pass on pile as they won’t fit The Girl anymore.


Lastly, a five minute job resewing the cuffs on LSH hoodie, which some pillock (err, that’d be me then) sewed them on with a regular straight stitch which unsurprisingly popped. Now they are both resewn in a stretch stitch and the seam allowance has been zig zagged. That should last a bit better.

Do you find it easier to motivate yourself to mend things you made yourself in the first place?

Mend It

Today is the first day of Mend It May.  I have yet to mend anything at all (although I did take some crutches back to the hospital), however, The Boy has proudly mended the teddy he made a couple of years ago at school. He did it all by himself whilst I was out, using the sewing kit he got for Christmas.


Hole, what hole?