Artful Clothing Repairs: Woven Holes And Tears
We've become so used to the accessibility of cheap replaceable clothing that we forget that for centuries, torn or damaged clothes were repaired before they made their way to the trash heap. Textile recycling is still in its infancy and most of our discarded clothing ends up in land fills and incinerators. An easy way to curb the unnecessary waste is to get into the habit of repairing holes and rips in otherwise perfectly good clothes.
Obviously, a torn seam or sleeve can't be repaired to look like it's brand new, which is why embracing the Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi is key to clothing repairs. Celebrate the beauty of imperfection by using fabrics and threads that complement your garment. Follow the steps below for an artful way to patch up rips and holes in your woven garments.
HOW TO PATCH A HOLE:
Patching a hole or tear in a garment is easy; it only requires a few supplies and basic hand sewing skills. You will first need woven fabric scraps to use as patches; these can be from another too worn to repair garment, an old bed sheet or curtain, or any similarly weighted textile as the garment you are fixing. You will also need a pair of fabric shears, durable thread, straight pins, an iron, and a hand sewing needle.