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December 05, 2008

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Green Bean

How is that possible?? We've had the same two pairs of organic Hanna pjs for 4 yrs now (two boys). Love the patches. I started patching things a yr ago but the pile stacks up, doesn't it? I thought no one patched anymore until I picked up a friend's son for carpool. He hopped in the car with crazy colored patch on his sweat pants. Loved it!

Summer

I need to patch nearly all of my oldest son's jeans. LOL The way he burns through the knees playing there's no way I could afford to toss them out.

melia

Not only have I relearned the joy of patching jeans, for my daughter I am adding length too. She got my father in law's build and keeps growing up and not out. So she can wear jeans from 2 years ago and the patches are made with tinkerbell fabric from the inside and match the patchwork of tinkerbell fabric now added to the end. And since the patches are more at thigh height, they just look like trendy jeans. I even added a few extra holes to put patches in, and sewed a motif from the fabric onto a t-shirt with some bling for a whole fancy outfit. BTW those patches are also great for hiding stains that just won't come out.

mannequin

My husband gets so mad at me; I insist on mending things or upcycling them.
"We're not that poor!" he says but that's not that point at all. I like to get full use out of something before I throw in the towel.

Mary Beth

I used to buy Hannas for my older two (now teens) and the boy definitely wore through the knees. Not at all uncommon in my experience.

kimberly

My daughter grows so fast that we don't have the opportunity to "mend" her clothes. She outgrows them before there's a need to take such measures but I'm all for doing that.

Micaela

Mannequin - I find your husband's comment - "We're not that poor!" so very interesting. I'm afraid that is the mindset of far too many people - that we can afford to just throw away our clothes and buy new ones.

In the old days people used to hire 'cheap labor' to help around the house. Nowdays the 'cheap labor' works in the factories in China who make our clothes.

Rebecca/Cooking Up a Story

I've been patching for years! Seems a shame to throw something away just because of tears in the knees! I even buy some jeans a bit bigger, dart, and ease out as they grow. This way I can share them with the other kids too. It's not being poor, just being mindful. I tell the kids the same thing...too much going to the landfill as it is.

Condo Blues

I don't patch knees in worn out jeans because I hate the way the patches feel on my knees. I make make them into shorts instead.

Anna (Green Talk)

I use to patch with those iron on patches and found they never worked. I would do the same thing to with making them from pants to shorts or long sleeves to t-shirt.

With holely socks and torn clothing that I can't repair, I collect them and give them to a charity that get money for tattered clothing. I think they make them into rags. Goodwill in some area collects them too.

I have tolled with the idea that I could stuff a seat cushion with the socks. Thoughts?

Lori

i'm a patcher! i just patched a tear in my husband's american eagle jacket that we bought 20 yrs ago when american eagle was outdoorsy and not full of teenage clothes. ;^) that jacket has worn like iron!

when i was a child parents deliberately bought their children clothes that were two sizes too big and then hemmed them and put darts around the waist, then let them out gradually. by the time the fit was right, they were patched at the knees! :^)

breastfeeding clothes

I've been patching for years! Seems a shame to throw something away just because of tears in the knees! I even buy some jeans a bit bigger, dart, and ease out as they grow. This way I can share them with the other kids too. It's not being poor, just being mindful. I tell the kids the same thing...too much going to the landfill as it is.

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