We’re all trying to do our bit to reduce our carbon footprint (and most of us are trying to find ways to save a penny or two, as well!) 
One amazing way to achieve both is to stop falling victim to fast fashion, to invest our money in eco-friendly or second hand clothing, and then do our best to make those clothes last as long as possible! But inevitably there will be tears, pulls, and missing buttons (such is life!) Not everybody is a talented sewist, but here a few simple things you can learn to mend your clothes and make them last a little longer. 
1. Patches 
Holes happen! It’s a fact of life as inevitable as death and taxes, but that doesn’t mean you should throw your beloved top or jeans in the bin! Why not reach for a patch instead? They come in so many funky designs, creating a totally new and unique garment, brimming with personality, and most are iron-on, perfect if you’re not much a seamstress. Or if you’re not tempted by the sparkly joy of a patch, why not go for a product like fusible web? Just place it against the back of the tear, on the inside of the garment, so that it can’t be seen from the outside. 
2. Buttons 
 
It’s so easy to learn how to sew a button, and it’s such a quick fix to save a top or a dress. Or replace all the buttons with something new for a fresh look! 
3. Dying 
 
Got a bleach stain on a black dress? Or are your towels looking a little dingy? Why not dye them, to avoid throwing them in the bin? It’s easier and a lot less messy than you might think. Remember to add salt to the wash when dying the garment, to seal the dye into the fabric. And just to be on the safe side, do your first post-dye wash by hand to avoid leaking dye onto your other clothes. Dye over stains with dark colours like black, navy or dark purple. Or get creative with tie-dye! The washing machine is your oyster. 
5.Elastic 
 
Are your trousers fitting a little looser than they used to? Have you considered adding some elastic to the back to make them fit a bit more snugly? Perhaps a little more intermediate than the other suggestions on this list, but probably not as difficult as you might imagine. There are so many easy to follow tutorials for this on Youtube and Tik Tok, and if it saves your favourite trousers from landfill, then it’s got to be worth investing a bit of time into! 
4. Fabric Paint 
 
If you’re feeling super artsy, you could always cover old stains with fabric paint. Paint flowers, hearts and peace signs for a retro boho look, dinosaurs or smiley faces for a quirky, fun design. Or get abstract with splodges and geometric shapes. 
Hopefully there are a few tips you can take away from here, or at least some inspiration. Anything we can do to extend the lifespan of our clothes, and save them from the landfill has got to be a bonus, and maybe we can learn a new skill along the way. Happy crafting! 
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