I’m constantly trying to learn more about sustainability and using fewer resources, which is part of why I write this blog – to share what I learn and my experiences, whether or not they work out! Lately I’ve been exploring the concept of mending clothing, which came about when I taught a woman how to mend a tear in the pants of a firefighter at one of our FixIt Clinics at the Cepeda Branch Library. Once I knew the purpose of the pants, I felt so honored to be a part of making these pants wearable again.
Although not all clothes have owners who save lives and put out fires, I certainly believe all clothing deserves a second (maybe even third!) chance through mending and repair. There’s even a growing movement called visible mending, where people purposefully highlight mends on their clothing with bright colored thread in intricate patterns. Of course, as most reuse and repurposing goes, this is not a new trend. During World War II, the phrase “Make Do and Mend” was common, and the Library even has a book that contains copies of pamphlets that illustrate how to stretch what you have, including tips on mending clothing.
Do you have something you love but it’s gotten torn or needs some adjustment? Sending it to the thrift store is better than sending it to the dumpster, but think how many people send their unwanted clothing to thrift stores. Thrift stores get inundated and can only process so much donated clothing. Why not give your clothing some new life? If you need help, sign up for our FixIt Clinic at Recycled Reads on Saturday, June 4 from 12 noon – 3:00 PM.