Repair What You Wear

Fashion generates 10% of global carbon emissions.

Mending is an eco action. Mending saves you money.

Mending TutorialsDownload Written Instructions

Repair What You Wear is a unique, free to access website that teaches and inspires anyone to easily mend their own clothes. 

At a time when people are increasingly aware of the importance of reducing waste as well as saving money, Repair What You Wear gives people easy to use techniques and skills to mend their own clothes. 

 Core Mending Skills

 The basic videos are designed to show you how to thread a needle, secure your thread and get started.  The basic stitches are backstitch and herringbone, useful in most mends.  We’ve included buttons too. The first part of the video clearly shows a method, the second shows real clothing mend.  There are tips included along the way so worth watching all the way through. 

The other videos show real mends on different clothing. Select what you want to watch. 

Like any new skill, it may take you time to get good, but stick at it.  Good enough is enough. 

     How to Mend a Hem

Herringbone in action for mending hems.

Mending Sportswear

Mostly synthetic, all sportswear is designed for function but can get holes/start to wear through.  But it can last longer with a bit of fixing so take a look at these tutorials and keep your gear in circulation for longer.  You love the planet – it hates nonbiodegradable waste!

Mending Big Holes in Lycra

Mending Running Shoes

 

Mending Small Holes in Sports Leggings

A useful technique to fix those small holes, so they don’t become large ones – obvs. “Wooly nylon” thread is worth investing in.

 

Uniform Mends

Uniform costs add up and throwing items away is just landfill.  It is estimated that 40% of school uniforms went to landfill last year in the UK – about 1.4 million pieces! Simply wearing something for another term reduces the carbon footprint. Do some good (and save money) with these mends.  Once you get the hang of them, you can mend almost any clothes quickly and cheaply.  Feel proud.

Mending Ribs Coming of Knitwear

 

Mending Knitwear's Cuff

Learn how to repair cuffs on knitwear, sweaters, jumpers, and sweatshirts. Mending a chewed cuff is shown here, but any ribbed garment can be repaired using this technique.

Environment

An estimated £140 million worth (around 350,000 tonnes) of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year”  WRAP.
Mending clothes is cheap, reduces waste and saves money.

A needle, some thread a few pins and sharp scissors.
This is the essential kit for mending most clothes. It doesn’t cost much. 

Anyone can mend.
Start now by using the easy to follow tutorials on this website, right or left-handed. If you want written instructions, download the free PDF.