Do you have a favourite pair of jeans or sweater that you wear all the time and the fabric is starting to thin out? Or perhaps you just bought a top and have a stain on it! Don't panic, there are some really cool ways you can mend your clothes. Make old clothes look new again or just make them look fun and hip. Here are a few simple ways to give your clothes a second life.
Needle Felting: "Piercing tufts of raw wool hundreds of times using a very sharp needle with tiny barbs to sculpt various shapes and figures." Basically you overlay some raw wool over your textile in any shape and colour you like. You can make simple shapes or a full floral arrangement. It's a great way to cover stains or patch up small holes, especially in sweaters and wools. It's easier than it looks.
Fabric patches are a great way to mend clothing. You can try traditional patches, like the suede and denim ones that just need ironing. Or you could have fun and create your own with some nice textiles and create different shapes and sizes. Using old jeans or suede jackets to make these patches is a great way to recycle these items too.
Sew on Patches
Sewing patches come in fun and cute designs. You can find all kinds of different ones; the vintage selection is always so cool. Some have sticky interfacing on the back of them and all you have to do is iron them on. This is a fun way to give old clothes or new ones a new life.
Another fun option is adding some embellishments to your garments. You can find pom poms or rhinestones to cover up small holes and stains. Sequins come in many different sizes and shapes; they and can be a good alternative too. Have fun and create a cool pattern or sew them on randomly. You can also use fabric glue for smaller items, it make the process much faster.
Finally, you can patch up holes or even cover up stains with some embroideries. Try the Japanese Sashiko hand embroidery techniques that are trending right now. Or how about the random zig zag stitch on your sewing machine. The beauty of it is that it doesn't have to be perfect. Try tone on tone colours or brighten it up with colourful thread. Hand embroidering can be a lot of fun and meditative too. For best and funkier results use the embroideries with patches. Your jeans will have never looked so cool.