Tuesday, August 12, 2008

From my Mending Pile


Last Thursday afternoon, I sat down at my sewing machine with a mission to finish up my mending pile. Things have piled up, but I knew I had to demolish the pile before I left. It was actually a pleasant hour or two spent fixing or remaking different things. Three pillowcases needed tears sewn up, and a sheet needed an edge refinished where it'd worn down. Dad need a button sewn on a pair of shorts and a seam mended on a pair of pants. Mom needed a shirt and bag mended. I hemmed a shirt I'd been given that was pretty but just way too long. A little cutting and hemming, and it's now a great length and matches one of my skirts perfectly! And what to do about a towel that had a hole burned into it? Well, on mom's suggestions, I turned it into kitchen washcloths, cutting six squares and zig-zagging around the edges. Waste not, want not. =)

Mending may not be as fun as sewing outfits, but it can certainly save one a lot of money! Often things will just get a little hole or tear and not actually wear all the way out, so it's a money saver to just mend it up and continue to use it, instead of throwing it out and buying something new.

Even if you don't like to sew or don't have the time to make whole outfits, I would encourage you to learn the rudiments so that you can do basic mending. Even if it's just learning basic hand stitches, you never know when it will come in handy! Or if, like me, your mending stack has piled up, I encourage you to take the time to sit down and work on it. It feels great to see things get fixed and not have the pile lying around anymore!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anna,

What a wonderful post! I can't remember the last time I read something that encouraged me to fix something or re-invent it instead of just buying new. Plenty of stuff out there about how to save when buying new. I almost feel like this is an old-fashioned idea or pastime and what a sad commentary that is on this modern day and age. And I also feel like this is strange coming from someone so young. I guess it's because it's something my grandmother would have done but it died out in my parent's generation and unfortunately was not taught to me.

I was not raised in a Christian home and no one in my family is Christian. I have no examples in my life of what it means to live in the world, but not of the world. I still find it hard to pull away from that worldy way of living, but these kind of posts, though they seem to discuss simple matters, are like a whack upside the head of common sense to me.

Thank you so much for taking the time to keep up this blog,

Julie C. from Maine

Miss Serenity said...

Dear Anna,

Ahh. You are encouraging! Although my mendeing pile isn't existent at the moment, my ironing pile definetly is. Since I'm just about ready to hit the sack, I've promised myself that I *will* tackle it tomorrow. Thanks for the encouragement!

Oh and by the way, you've been awarded the Brilliante Weblog Award on my blog! I really do love all the encouragement you ladies give.

-Serenity

Maria Pauline said...

Oh yes. I have a bit of mending to do... A skirt with a hole under the zipper, a sweatshirt with holes under the arms, a shirt that is too large and needs altering, and I am in the process of altering two skirts. But those will all have to wait until next week when I am home again.

Maria Pauline