Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Quick DIY: How to Repair Jeans

Repairing your existing clothing is one of the easiest and best ways to practice slow fashion, because you're not consuming any new resources or creating extra waste. Denim is a great example of a hardwearing material that can be repaired many times over, so much so that many classic jeans brands such as Levi's, Nudie Jeans, Denham and G-Star are now offering recycled styles or repair services to help make your favourite pair last even longer. However, you can just as easily repair them yourself with a scrap of fabric, needle and thread and a spare 15 minutes - read on for an easy how-to guide!

You will need:
A pair of torn jeans
A needle and thread
A scrap of fabric 

Step 1
Roughly sew both sides of the tear together, using thread in the same colour as your jeans. Make sure the stitches are not too wide.

Step 2
Pin a scrap of fabric to the inside of your jeans, over the seam you have just made. Sew over the seam again, this time making that you also sew over the patch behind - this will stabilise the seam and stop it from splitting in the same place again.

Step 3
Cut off the excess fabric around the seam to make it look a bit tidier. There you go! After just 15 minutes your jeans are repaired and ready to be worn again.

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