Comments on: Living Well: 4 Secrets to a Well-Mended Wardrobe http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-patching-clothes/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:39:39 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Lana http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-patching-clothes/comment-page-1/#comment-845990 Lana Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:54:18 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22223#comment-845990 I find that I have better luck avoiding the tummy area holes if I wash my t-shirts (especially the thin ones) in lingerie bags. A pain? you bet… but they stay hole-free much longer. Also, look at the quality of what you are buying in the first place. Thick, quality t-shirt material will last longer, require less patching/mending, and then when you do fix a little hole, it will be worth it because the rest of the garment will last also.
Finally… the dryer kills clothes. I hate to say it, but it does cost in terms of wear and tear (as well as the environment) – I found this when I lived in Lithuania for a bit and was forced to hang all my clothes to dry (no dryer there!). At first I hated it, then I grew accustomed to it, and then I found that my clothes were lasting far longer! I have never gone back to using the dryer on most sweaters, t-shirts, jeans… at least not the good ones! The house ones, yes, I do put in the dryer. It’s that old “ounce of prevention” thing, I guess.

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By: Lisa http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-patching-clothes/comment-page-1/#comment-772225 Lisa Sat, 02 Nov 2013 00:29:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22223#comment-772225 Iron-on patches stay better if you don’t use fabric softener, including dryer sheets. You might try that and see if it helps.

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By: Julia http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-patching-clothes/comment-page-1/#comment-761220 Julia Thu, 17 Oct 2013 18:11:27 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22223#comment-761220 I have never had much luck with heat and bond patches staying on after washing what am i doing wrong? also my 5 year old loves her hanna andersson cotton leggings but she has 2 now with holes in the knees they are big enough to warrant a patch,…any suggestions? Stretchy knit is always complicated to me.

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By: Victoria Peat http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-patching-clothes/comment-page-1/#comment-742607 Victoria Peat Sun, 22 Sep 2013 20:24:19 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22223#comment-742607 Thanks for the great tutorial, I have just used your directions to repair two pairs of jeans for my not quite three year old. I’m so pleased with the results, thanks again

http://littleblackduckblog.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/pinned-it-tried-it-patching-jeans/

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By: Joanne T. http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-patching-clothes/comment-page-1/#comment-737772 Joanne T. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:11:23 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22223#comment-737772 I’d like to know too, but I’m wondering about t-shirts.

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By: Joanne T. http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-patching-clothes/comment-page-1/#comment-737770 Joanne T. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:08:48 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22223#comment-737770 I get holes & stains on the tummy of a lot of shirts mostly because when I’m doing dishes, I lean against the sink surround/counter and the edge of the counter isn’t particularly smooth and often has drips on it.

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By: Joanne T. http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-patching-clothes/comment-page-1/#comment-737766 Joanne T. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:03:19 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22223#comment-737766 You also don’t want to use an iron-on patch around the inseam, as it does not breathe and gets sweaty (and if it’s lower on the inner seam of jeans it can stick to your leg and also be uncomfortable).

I usually put on a patch of the same color and use the machine to zigzag around the edge of the patch and the edge of the hole, but have found that once it starts fraying in the inseam/inner thigh that the jeans are not long for the world. You might be able to get another six months out of them, but I’ve never gotten longer than that.

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By: laura j http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-patching-clothes/comment-page-1/#comment-718661 laura j Wed, 04 Sep 2013 23:31:50 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22223#comment-718661 I did something similar and I just used my hand. It is hard to patch with embroidery anywhere near the knee area of pants but easier than using a sewing machine!

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By: laura j http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-patching-clothes/comment-page-1/#comment-718658 laura j Wed, 04 Sep 2013 23:29:40 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22223#comment-718658 I love the way you patched the jeans with the yellow fabric! I did a patch job on some holey jeans of my own with some fabric from a bright muu muu. Mine was a little time consuming but my pants look cool now. :)

creationsbylauraj.wordpress.com

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By: Aloma Cronberg http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-patching-clothes/comment-page-1/#comment-649116 Aloma Cronberg Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:22:12 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22223#comment-649116 When the knees are too bad, I open up the seams of the jeans, cut out that portion or the jean from seam to seam, and replace the knee all of the way across, and resew the seams in the jeans with topstitching if needed. Be sure to add seam allowance x 2 so you can attach this material and it will fit the leg as it should.

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By: RoseMary Baty-Willcox http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-patching-clothes/comment-page-1/#comment-565321 RoseMary Baty-Willcox Fri, 09 Aug 2013 15:05:26 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22223#comment-565321 How do you sew the stars in the knee without going all the way to the back side of the other layer of the pants? Did you use a small hoop? Or just your hand?
Thank You will any help on this.
RoseMary

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By: kaholly http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-patching-clothes/comment-page-1/#comment-562354 kaholly Thu, 08 Aug 2013 21:59:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22223#comment-562354 Just too, too, too clever!!

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By: Charmaine http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-patching-clothes/comment-page-1/#comment-521619 Charmaine Tue, 09 Jul 2013 22:00:10 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22223#comment-521619 When my gran was alive we used to spend evenings taking frayed collars and cuffs off shirts, turning them inside out and sewing them back on. This was for men’s shirts. For the ladies we would sew lace on to hide the fraying or do a colourful blanket stitch or such

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By: Mesha Reading http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-patching-clothes/comment-page-1/#comment-517711 Mesha Reading Sun, 07 Jul 2013 01:11:48 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22223#comment-517711 So what do you think should be done about tough stains? I hate throwing away cute clothing that has been ripped or stained. :(

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By: pernilla http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-patching-clothes/comment-page-1/#comment-511723 pernilla Sun, 30 Jun 2013 17:28:04 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22223#comment-511723 Great tutorial!
I have just started making patchwork knee patches and selling them in my etsy shop
http://www.villapernilla.etsy.com
I also have a blog http://www.villapernilla.blogspot.se
Can I link this great tutorial on my blog?

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By: Yolanda http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-patching-clothes/comment-page-1/#comment-496097 Yolanda Sun, 02 Jun 2013 04:15:56 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22223#comment-496097 Where can I purchase patches?

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By: Gillianne http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-patching-clothes/comment-page-1/#comment-482365 Gillianne Sun, 26 May 2013 05:34:19 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22223#comment-482365 I have been reading these great comments but Margo you have the answer. I have mended clothes for my self and for customers for 30 years. The iron on type of patches, I believe, do come off unless they are stitched down. With jeans or work trousers I used to use a lighter fabric to cover the hole on the inside and machine down then a neater patch of matching fabric on the outside. Cutting an oval [round corners on a square] shape makes it easier to sew by machine. Patching fabric can be from an old garment or fabric scraps. Try a charity shop. Living in a small town I often saw my handiwork as the workmen got on with their day.
When my son was at school I wouldn’t send him in mended clothes until I realized that at least it showed I cared enough to bother patching rather than having holes in his pants knees.
It is a “green” thing to do but we were bought up not to waste so it is second nature to me. Patching and darning are part of life..stitch in time and all that. Keep up the good work.

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By: Gillianne http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-patching-clothes/comment-page-1/#comment-482300 Gillianne Sun, 26 May 2013 05:16:37 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22223#comment-482300 My suggestion to you Ali is to learn to stitch “Lazy Daisies” using embroidery floss or cotton yarn. Make the bleach spot the center of the flower and daisy stitch around. Perhaps sequins or buttons could be stitched in the bleached spots. Remember the fabric is stretchy
so make the stitches loose so they stretch too. Good luck.

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By: ana http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-patching-clothes/comment-page-1/#comment-467068 ana Tue, 21 May 2013 23:30:16 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22223#comment-467068 http://isabellapeach.wordpress.com/

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By: Margo, Thrift at Home http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/living-well-4-secrets-to-patching-clothes/comment-page-1/#comment-462248 Margo, Thrift at Home Thu, 16 May 2013 01:05:46 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22223#comment-462248 I love mending and patching! And I have seen that jeans patch with the yellow stars floating on Pinterest already – so pretty.

I wrote a poem on patches and posted it on Mother’s Day: http://thriftathome.blogspot.com/2013/05/mothers-day-poem-about-patches.html

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