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Post by polgara on 12th January 2010, 4:26 pm

What about a thread with some ideas? The older ones amongst us must have some cracking ideas from their parents/grandparents. I`ll start of


Quick wrist warmers cut the toes off the odd sock that gets left behind instant warmers, if you need it for longer, a quick blanket stitch round the cut off bit.

Holey or stained shirt cut out the back, make a hem along the top sew some tape to the corners, - apron.

Will see how this goes & if it works I will think of some more.

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Post by Balanophage on 12th January 2010, 11:13 pm

A friend of mine saves old, worn-out pillowcases, and uses them as super-soft hankies whenever she has a bad cold.

It used to be fairly common to "turn sheets" - when they were getting worn in the middle, cut the sheet in half lengthways, then stitch the good sides together to form a new middle.

Thinking about it, mending (with regard to clothes) was once one of those ever-present chores like washing up. Yet no-one seems to mend anything any more...
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Post by Adrian on 12th January 2010, 11:28 pm

I mends I do

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Post by MrsC on 13th January 2010, 8:37 am

I most certainly mend, although I have to admit to not bothering to darn socks unless they're nice handknitted ones.

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Post by Luath on 13th January 2010, 9:02 am

I mends too Smile I darn socks, turn sheets sides to middle and turn shirt collars.
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Post by Compostwoman on 13th January 2010, 12:37 pm

I mend, turn stuff, make things out of other things ...etc...and if all else fails I either recycle it, use it as rags or use it for a craft project

I have just been showing CG ( aged 9) how to hem by hand...she had a creditable go, herself, and sewed on a button...

I am astonished at the things some friiends throw away, for the sake of a very small bit of mending or altering...I have mended stuff for them, before now....!

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Post by polgara on 13th January 2010, 3:40 pm

I remember when Sparhawk was a toddler he needed a dressing gown very pricey for something that he waould grow out of quickly so I found an old jumper, cut it up the front, blanket stitched it, did the same with the sleeves & bottom made a red twisted cord the thing lasted for him & his 2 brothers, & I did one for a friend as well.

Old sheets also make good pillow cases.

Odd socks make good puppets if you have little ones knit
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Post by Balanophage on 13th January 2010, 8:28 pm

Balanophage wrote: Yet no-one seems to mend anything any more...
I should've known better than to say that on this forum! Very Happy It's encouraging to see other people preserving stuff rather than throwing it away - I resent chucking anything if it's got life left in it.

I do understand why mending's fallen out of favour generally, because if you don't have the skills it takes so long... (the answer to that being practice, obviously!) I remember darning a tunic at a Vike show and it took hours. And yet even there, most people wouldn't dream of having obviously mended/darned/patched kit, even though it would be far more authentic.
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Post by Sparhawk on 13th January 2010, 10:54 pm

polgara wrote: blanket stitched it, did the same with the sleeves & bottom

people want smacking banned - what about banning blanket stiching babies bottoms... Rolling Eyes

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Post by Aberlemno on 14th January 2010, 4:32 pm

Like previous posters I mend and also use worn-out or damaged clothing/bed linen into other things. When we nearly had a bed fire due to a damaged electric blanket, I cut out the charred portions of a duvet, a quilt and the duvet cover and patched them carefully. The duvet cover ended up downsizing to a single and two pillowcases . . . I''ve just turned a patched old bolster pillowcase into two ordinary sized ones, and the lawn cotton is SO lovely to use.

I also take pleasure in restoring damaged but still beautiful embroidered tablecloths etc. One I am working on (carefully darning) is pretty bad but I would think late Victorian and much-loved/used and I have got some long fine darning needles (from an old lady's stash which I found at auction for just £2) and hope I can bring the life back into it again.

My eldest daughter is pretty nifty too and just turned a voluminous dress found at a charity shop into a smaller one, plus leftovers to use elsewhere, using a gifted sewing machine which only sews backwards!

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Post by vwalker99999 on 14th January 2010, 10:36 pm

I mend smallish boo boos... I'm more likely to re-purpose things, though. Like making rugs and placemats from old sheets, purses from old jeans, doing a little Russian needle punch on an old piece of cloth harvested to patch something else, or using old bits of really worn flannel as hankies.

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Post by polgara on 15th January 2010, 7:05 am

Aberlemno wish I could do the embroidery thing, but eyes not good enough for that. Sewing I have done lots of makeovers over the years with a lot of satisfaction. I can darn I even have my mother`s "mushroom" still. Always fancied a go at a rag rug at sometime
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Post by polgara on 16th January 2010, 12:07 pm

Old sheets also make pads for the ironong board.
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Post by polgara on 21st January 2010, 10:29 pm

Did you know that if you store a bar of soap for at least several weeks it lasts longer when you use it. Open & put it in a drawer (the wooden type where you keep clothes) and it makes the things smell nice. as well.

Also put tights or stockings in the freezer for an hour & they don`t ladder so quickly. Idea
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Post by polgara on 20th February 2010, 2:46 pm

Old net curtains as fruit protectors, or over the brasicas.
Tights as plant ties.
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Post by Nick B on 11th March 2010, 9:21 am

I mend as much as I can if not I'll send it to get mended if I can't do it myself.
Now my DD2 told me that the zip on her jeans had broken and she was going to throw them out Evil or Very Mad I asked her to bring them up to me, which she did,
now one quick snip and a stitch and she had a pair of jean again.

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Post by polgara on 11th March 2010, 11:41 am

The life of a double sheet.

Turn into single sheets
then into cot sheets
then into pillowcases
then into tea towels
then into cleaning cloths
at the end of this if they are cotton, into the compost heap
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Post by polgara on 31st May 2010, 3:56 pm

The Life of a pair of jeans/cotton trousers

Cut off at the knee & make 2 bottle bags for those bottles of wine.

Wear shorts if the b*m is intact.

If not make bags & purses out the rest, decorate as required.

Cotton trousers work just as well for this.

Worn patch at the back, sew on a motiff also good with a skirt.

Stain on favourite T shirt either a patch or some fabric crayons.


Take a bored child, a cheapo T shirt some fabric crayons & go cook the dinner!! Result, peace & quiet & a designer shirt.

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Post by Dandelion on 31st May 2010, 4:13 pm

If you cut the elasticy top off from a pair of tights it makes a good soft tie for young fruit trees - it doesn't harm the bark when you tie it to the stake.

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Post by polgara on 9th July 2010, 5:49 pm

Got old boots or shoes, they make good plant holders, just make a drainage hole somewhere, ideal size for herbs if you only have a tiny garden.

Hide them in your garden or allotments as habitats.


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Post by boobiejuicemama on 10th July 2010, 1:17 am

OOOh I am loving this thread, brilliant way to share ideas, keep em coming! I definitely do the shorts thing with jeans although I made a mistake last summer and did it to ALL my old jeans so I had no jeans for winter Sad
I recently made Gulliver a vest out of a jumper that had been shrunk in the wash, just cut the sleeves off and ta-da!
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Post by polgara on 10th July 2010, 8:07 am

Good one!!

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Post by boobiejuicemama on 11th July 2010, 2:35 am

ooh and I have turned the sleeves into a lovely pair of woollen gloves!
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Post by polgara on 11th July 2010, 7:33 am

That`s the way to go, use as much as you can.

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Post by boobiejuicemama on 18th July 2010, 1:08 pm

I have used a couple of unwanted tea towels to make a lovely pair of play pants for Ruby (they were not the most absorbent tea towels)
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