Repair What You Wear

Save Money, Reduce Waste

All you need is a needle, some thread, a few pins and scissors.

Mending InstructionsPDF Downloads

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. 

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.  

Beginner's Embroidery

Beautiful gifts for the family…..

Teaching embroidery to children is a great way of encouraging creativity while giving them the skills to work with their hands.  Yes, it is seen as old fashioned but most children learn a lot by doing it and are proud once they have got to grips with the stitches. And you have given them the gift of being able to mend their own clothes in the future. 

Young people understand climate change, waste and clothing – they will be empowered to do something about it.   None of us are too old to learn, so we can all join in?

Video Instructions

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. 

    Threading a Needle

Threading a needle can be so irritating it puts you off mending.  Try this method.

Threading a needle can be so irritating it puts you off mending. Try this method.