a transparent white background over an image of a set of head phones held by a white hand. Orange text reads “Zero Waste 101: Mending”

Mending: Tech Edition

Zero Waste 101: Mending

Instead of…tossing a textile that could use a quick stitch try…Mending it! The hardest mends are the ones we often put off until it becomes a huge hole

Mind you all, I am not advanced at mending but I have a fairly practiced hand. Nothing pretty though, it’s often all for the sake of utility. 

Things that I want to be pretty or are out of my depth I take to @reclaimmending 

One of the biggest mistakes I continue to make is not mending something when it needs a quick stitch, but letting the issue become a big problem. 

Case in point, these headphones. Did I watch as this rip slowly grew and grew, why yes, of course, I loathe myself. 

For this project, attempt one was with a small straight needle and thread. It was difficult and looked really awful. Frankenstein awful, shown below.

Zerowaste 101: Mending Tech Edition close up of the head phone cushion that ripped, the seam is split almost all the way around and the foam is visible.

Attempt two, I snatched my smallest curved upholstery needle, doubled my thread, and folded the “seam allowance” back. This allowed the needle to go through three pieces of fabric, making the seam stronger. The curved needle made this whole endeavour way easier. 

This seam was not originally stitched, some sort of heat press seam (?), so I am worried about tearing. Next up is a bit of strong clear glue to avoid a potential tear from the holes the needle created. 

Moral of the story: A pin hole can quickly become a black hole. *cry laughs*


P.S. If you are looking to practice your mending skills check out @reclothify

They have a new “Zero Waste Wednesday” deal where a rack of needs love garments are heavily discounted!!

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