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  • How To Mend Jeans with a Patch

    Posted by Qrystal on March 5, 2009 at 16:32.
    Category: Advice. Tags: eco-friendly, frugal, sewing.

    Link: How To Mend Jeans with a Patch

    We have jeans that we’re *this* close to replacing — but that wouldn’t be very green of us, now, would it? Nor economical! I can’t believe it took me this long to search for the way to mend jeans, but I’ve gone and done it now, and I found some amazing guides.

    The first great find was from ehow.com, and it had some great tips including using a piece of cardboard or a magazine to separate layers of fabric and ensure you don’t stitch them together.

    The second, from SewingWeb.com, had great photos outlining the whole process, which really made it look easy and accessible. It requires a sewing machine, which is no big deal for me because I have one, and also features pinking shears, which makes me giggle because I love excuses to use those. This link was my favourite, and thus featured as the link from the title of this post, because of the photos and also because of how great the patch-job looked at the end!

    The third and final great link I found in my search (I usually stop once I find three great results!) was at Crafting a Green World. It was really written well, and it really made me all gung-ho about tapping into my “inner fashion designer”.

    I’ll probably refer back to all three of these links when I finally sit down to a serious mending session. Here’s hoping I get around to that soon! I don’t want to think my jeans are on their last legs! (Hehe, :P I’m sorry!)

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