My grandmother was a thrifty soul. She made sure that she got as much use out of every item in her home as possible. So when I put on my new, pink T-shirt yesterday and saw a little hole right in the middle of my stomach, I thought of her. It was only the third time I had worn the shirt and I wanted to save it. (It had been washed twice.)
Ever notice that holes tend to show up right in the middle of your stomach? I think they appear there because we lean against things so much.
I decided to follow Grandma’s example and mend a hole in a T-shirt. It only took a couple of minutes to do.
How to Mend a Hole
1. Select the color of thread you’ll use. Because I used to sew so much, I have a nice collection. As you can see, I had several options to choose from. If you haven’t sewn before, I highly recommend that you acquire some thread in a variety of colors. If you start mending your clothing, you can easily make back the investment.
I chose the bright pink thread at the top-right side of the photo.
2. Thread the needle. Select a small needle. When you thread it, tie the knot in just one string. Don’t knot the ends of the thread together; otherwise, the stitches you’ll make won’t be tiny enough to be hidden and you’ll end up with a lump in your shirt.
3. Start making tiny stitches. As you sew, catch one side of the hole and then catch the the other side of the hole and pull it gently together. See how I am just barely catching the edge? Sew around all sides of the hole in the same manner. Flip the shirt over occasionally to see if all sides of the hole have been repaired.
4. The finished repair. Can you see it? Compare the shirt to the photo above. You’ll notice that the hole was visible before I fixed it. Now I can wear the shirt without worrying that I look frumpy.
A Mending Basket
When I was first married, I always kept a basket with the clothing that I needed to repair in it. Then, when the basket got full, I’d do the mending as I watched TV. I’m not quite sure when I stopped mending our clothing, but I’m taking up the practice again!