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. 


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.  

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.