Mending is Trending!!

The trend toward intentional hand-stitching used to repair clothing holes or rips, or simply to embellish, is one of the hottest DIY activities today, and it continues to grow each season.

Visible Mending is closely linked to the Slow Stitching movement — some would say it’s a modern spin-off of the trend, appealing to younger stitchers in particular, and incorporating:

Same-fabric appliqué
Contrast-fabric appliqué
Reverse appliqué
Raw and frayed edges
Matching or contrast threads and embroidery floss
Simple hand stitches

Plus, any fun and creative techniques used for turning holes and tears into cool conversation pieces. It also appeals to beginners because imperfection is a part of the look. And you don’t even have to wait for your clothing to show signs of wear!

Marcus Mending Tips:
  • Use pins for picking and fraying edges, or simply rip the edges
  • Layering is important; the overlap is not meant to be perfect
  • Glue pens let you hold patches in place and rearrange easily
  • Fusible web is especially helpful for mending designs on larger areas. Fuse patches to a base fabric layer for a quick, easy start.
  • Use a sewing machine to sew a grid, then embellish by hand, using the machine stitching as a guide.
  • Embellish with other elements like iron-on studs, rhinestones, beads, little labels, buttons, small found objects, and other interesting touches.
  • Work with sharp scissors
  • Try assorted thread colors, or variegated threads (pre-coordinated multi-colored threads) for more interesting effects.

Denim Sample by Miriam Rawson