Unending mending piles. Why oh why do we let them pile up? Often, our little mending projects pile up simply because we procrastinate. Instead of stitching up a tiny hole or tear, we wait until we have a full sized rip. We go without a favorite blouse, pair of jeans, or dress, sometimes for months, because of a lost or loose button. We don't actually need hours for mending. Most mending is rather simple. Most projects take only a few minutes if we catch the problem while it's small.
If you have an unending mending pile, first go through and see if anything just needs to be thrown away. You might be surprised to find your pile a bit less daunting!
Next, make two piles. One pile is handwork. This would include buttons, small seams or rips, loose hems, anything you can do with a needle, thread, and a little time. The other pile is for machine work. This might include patching jeans or mending larger seams.
Now, gather a needle, some thread, and whatever mending supplies you might need together in a box or basket. Put it someplace handy. When you notice a missing button, it's easier to replace it right away if your supplies are handy. If you'd rather sit down and work on a pile of mending, put it all in a basket. The key is to mend regularly. Don't let the basket get full.
Let's take care of the little things before they become big things...good advice for mending...good advice for life.
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