It’s SEW Easy: How to Make You & Your Clothes Feel Brand New
Ever had a button pop off your blouse in the middle of a date? Yep, wardrobe malfunctions happen to everyone. While it’s tempting to throw worn clothes away and get something new, we need to put more value in what we wear.
Taking care of our clothes is essential to taking care of ourselves and the earth. As we all know, doing all we can to extend the life of our clothes is 100% worth it. A little TLC and a handy sewing kit goes a long way. Plus, it just feels sooo good to do it yourself!
Whether it’s something you’ve thrifted or an item you’ve had for a while, it’s in all our best interest to make sure clothes last as long as possible. From how to get rid of pilling to creative stitching styles), read on for super handy beginner’s tips for how to sew on buttons and how to get rid of pesky nubs from your knits.
Sew Long, Loose Buttons
A single missing button could push your favorite shirt to the very back of the closet. Bring your favorite styles back to the front by mastering this simple sewing technique. You’ll need: Scissors, a matching button (or not, your choice!), a needle, and thread.
Step 1: Mark the Spot
Use a pin or washable fabric pen to mark where the button will go. A simple ‘X’ will do. Use a ruler to make sure it’s exactly where you want it to be!
Step 2: Thread the Needle
Cut about 24 inches of thread and thread the needle. Pull the thread through until it’s equal length on both sides, and knot the ends.
Step 3: Push the Needle Through the Back
Flip over the fabric and push the needle through the marked spot until you feel the knot is pulled firmly against the fabric.
Step 4: Fasten the Button
Take your needle through any of the buttonholes and bring it down the hole that sits across. Repeat 2-3 times, and do the same for the remaining two buttonholes.
Step 5: Create a Shank (Optional)
For garments of thicker material (like a coat or jacket), you’ll want to create room for the fabric to go under the button by making a “shank”. Simply bring the needle up and wind the thread around the button 2-3 times before bringing the needle back down through the fabric.
Alternatively, you could also buy buttons that already have a shank attached, (it’s that loop on the back of some buttons).
Step 6: Finish Up
Bring the needle up and down through the fabric to create a small loop on the underside. Bring the needle through the loop to create a knot. Repeat 3 times and cut the loose thread. You’re done, hurray!
Pilling? What a Pill!
When your favorite knit starts pilling, don’t give up on it just yet! Our favorite hack for getting rid of pesky pills is super easy and takes mere seconds. Just gently shave them off with a razor and your sweater is as good as new.
Want to prevent pilling? These fuzzy bobbles usually surface after a lot of friction, whether it’s being rubbed against a bag, abrasive detergents, or rough washing cycles. Handwashing your favorite knits or running it on the delicate cycle goes a long way.
Sometimes all clothes need is a little TLC to be as good as new! Whether you’re refreshing something old or selling lightly used items, treat them like you would an old friend and you’ll be happier for it.
Got any mending and clothing care tips of your own? Let us know in the comments below.