So, since I have about a million things I need to be doing today besides blogging, I thought I'd repost this, in case anyone missed it.
We went to Seattle for the long weekend. We'd planned to drive back after church on Sunday and ended staying an extra night. Hubby and Little Brother went on Father/Son camp-out with Grandpa while the girls stayed home and watched Tangled. Then the rest of the weekend was full of just hanging out. We came home so exhausted that after putting the kids to bed around 7 pm, Hubby and I laid down to take naps...and didn't wake up until 11:30pm...so decided to just get up early this morning.
I really got into what I call Hand-Me-Down Rehab during the year just after Hubby graduated with his PhD. We were lucky to be able to substitute teach consistently, but Hubby didn't have a permanent job yet. We were pinching pennies as tight as we could. Buying new clothes was just not an option, so we got creative with what we had or could get on sale at the thrift store.
So here are a few of my favorite techniques.
Applique is really versatile. I LOVE it for mending. It's also great for covering up a stain, random logo, or just making a plain shirt more fun. Rather than making a patch and trying to hide it...it's so much fun to go all the way and make it super obvious and cute. For applique, I have come to prefer knits (old T-shirts). You can sew around the edges easily and knits won't fray except just a tiny bit around the edge at first. (You can find my basic tutorial for it here.)
One last word to the wise
As awesome as it is to recycle, mend, and decorate old clothes, you want to be sure the materials you're using are going to last as long as you need them to. Jeans in great condition except for those holes in the knee are awesome to fix up. Jeans that have holes in the knee and are worn out with holes beginning in 5 other spots are probably not worth it. Some of the shirts my husband has worn out are SO worn that they're not even good for applique scraps...and some are still fine for applique scraps, but would not work for making capris because there are too many holes (from acid...he worked in a chemistry lab.) A shirt with just a stain or two is great for covering up with an applique...but you could make yourself crazy trying to come up with a design to cover up 5 different stains, so that shirt might be better to cut up for scraps. Even though I love being frugal and using what I've got...I have to factor the time in that it's going to take me to fix something and decide if it's worth it.
If you're interested in more Hand-Me-Down Rehab, I've got links to more tutorials on my Hand-Me-Down Rehab page. (I'm in the process of taking my bullet list and turning it into a browsable photo archive...so please excuse the mess.)