Almost no one mends any more. Which is a shame. Mending is green and thrifty. In less time than it takes to pick out a new pair of socks and walk to the cash register, I can mend a hole and keep both socks out of the land fill.
Mending makes sense for all of us.
It’s an essential skill if you live with vintage linens like I do. These wonderful fabrics have a lot going for them– but they do need occasional repair. Here’s how I patched a worn spot in a favorite pillow case made from a vintage bed spread.
First make a patch. It should have wide margins and rounded corners. Match it as closely as possible, but don’t add too much weight. I used a scrap of vintage table cloth for my patch because it is tightly woven and light.
Pin patch on the back side of the hole. Stitch by hand around the edge of the patch.
Since my hole has some threads left, I followed up with several rows of running stitches across the loose threads.
Knot, cut threads, step back and it’s hard to see the patch.