Today’s theme is visible mending for friends. Two gorgeous examples popped up in my Instagram feed recently, and I’ve added a few of my own. What a wonderful thing it is when your friend trusts you to mend his or her beloved item in a creative way!

Hooray for generous menders and hooray to their encouraging friends. And big thanks to Sky and Joan for sharing with us!

skyletron patch
as seen on Instagram from @skyletron

Sky says: “It’s just a basic tee in which a friend of mine asked me to fix a small hole. The fabric is left over from a baby quilt I made over a year ago. I made up the stitching as I went, first attaching the patch with a blanket stitch, then adding one or two stitches toward the middle all the way around. I’m glad you like it!” She later added: “Oh! I used the end of a bobbin to make the circle. It’s tiny!”

Little Red Mitten Canada patch
as seen on Instagram from @littleredmittencanada

Joan says: “My friend, who is always impeccably dressed (and always buying new clothes), shocked me when she asked if I could fix 2 mittens for her. Since this mitten had a cute bunny appliqued on the back, I thought I’d try a whimsical patch made using some cotton that I dyed in a workshop …10 years ago. Sadly, I think this patch will outlast the rest of the mitten.”

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The shoulder seam of my friend Toby’s jacket had come undone and he asked if it was fixable. I had all of my tools with me because I’d just been to the Melbourne Repair Cafe (Inner West). We couldn’t find matching thread, though, so I went for the most exciting one I could find – vintage shiny gold from his wife Kristy’s sewing stash, inherited from her nan. Now I have the sentimental gold thread (and some silver) as payment for my services!
Emma jumper.jpg A mending commission for my dear sister-in-law, Emma. I needle-felted the heart using my Woolfiller kit – one of my favourite techniques!
Mads tea towel

My friend Madeline left her tea towel behind after a party, and I couldn’t ignore the gorgeous print or the giant hole that had worn through the linen. Be warned if you visit my home: I have a compulsion to mend all holey things in my vicinity. I used orange linen scraps from an old IKEA table runner – same patching technique on the front and back.

–ELF

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