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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

I’m a big fan of mending things instead of replacing them. I have to be… I have one of those children who can rip the knees out of pants and the elbows out of shirts (and, most fantastically, rip holes in the stomachs of tops – how?) in a heartbeat. So I’ve learned out of necessity to be a good mender. And one of the things that keeps it interesting instead of frustrating is learning how to mend in style. I like to darn socks in wild colors, patch jeans with material embroidered with faces and close holes with lace or doilies or funky fabrics. It makes it fun and it means my kids clothes, rather than being “patched” are “cool”. Which is a win-win in my book.

If you’re facing a big pile of mending these days, here are some inspirationally patched projects to help you turn the blahs into ta-das!

I’ll tell you a secret, I think I’d purposely rip a pair of my own jeans so that I could patch them like this! I love it! Color and fun stitches and style! In fact, I think I’m going to have to go search out my most threadbare pair of pants and help them along so that I can dive in with this.

4 Secrets to Patching Clothes - Design Mom

4 Secrets to a Well-Mended WardrobeDesign Mom

Need some ideas for creating funky embroidered patches? Check out these embroidery templates. I know from experience that they make great patch decorations (my son used to love spaceships and star from one of her books on the patches of his jeans!)

Sublime Stitching Embroidery

The elbow holes in the sleeves thing is an issue I face with ALL the members of my family. Myself included and my husband most of all. I don’t know why but we always seem to have holes in our elbows so I’m constantly adding elbow patches to things. I love these contrasting color patches on the elbows of this sweater. It almost makes it more stylish, don’t you think?

4 Secrets to a Well-Mended Wardrobe - Design Mom

4 Secrets to a Well-Mended WardrobeDesign Mom

Check out these and other ideas for mending in a trendy way on our Craft Trends Pinboard!

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About Gillian

Gillian Grimm lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she balances writing, cooking and crafts with eight chickens, two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. As the daughter of a Journalist, she grew up all over the United States, switching schools, towns and newspapers every few years and loved every minute of it! She now works as a freelance writer, primarily in the craft industry but with a few forays into travel writing, narrative non-fiction and educational matters. Gillian was recently published in the literary journal the “The Northville Review”. You can find more of Gillian’s work at “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

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