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Wear, Repair, Repurpose: A Maker's Guide to Mending and Upcycling Clothes

Wear, Repair, Repurpose: A Maker's Guide to Mending and Upcycling Clothes

by Lily Fulop


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In with the old, out with the new—reclaiming your closet and reducing fashion waste starts here.

Repair your favorite socks with style, add flair with personalized patches, and turn ripped jeans into an embroidered masterpiece. For beginner and experienced makers, Lily Fulop's guide to mending and upcycling is your colorful companion to ditching fast fashion and extending the lifecycle of all your favorite clothes.

Fulop's vibrant step-by-step illustrations make mending easier than every, demystifying techniques and displaying unique ways to show off your personality. And when your mending possibilities run out, she has simple yet striking solutions to repurpose fabric, including braided rugs, crocheted pillows, and more. Say hello to sustainable inspiration.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682684344
Publisher: Countryman Press, The
Publication date: 03/31/2020
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 283,382
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Lily Fulop celebrates all things mending on Instagram @mindful_mending. A multidisciplinary designer, she has been recognized by Design*Sponge and Graphic Design USA. She is a designer at Refinery29 and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

My Story 9

Fashion Sustainability 13

Donating vs. Recycling 15

Mindful Mending and Making 18

Tools and Techniques 21

Overview of Techniques 23

Materials You May Need 26

Understand Your Fabric 27

Basic Sewing Skills 29

Mending Projects 39

Repairing a Seam 40

Visible Whipstitch Seam 40

Invisible Backstitch Seam 42

Taking in a Seam 45

Hemming 46

Sewing a Button 53

Sewing a Hook and Eye Clasp 56

Embroidery over Stains or Small Holes 58

Patching Holes 62

Basic 62

Sashiko 69

Darning 76

Swiss Darning 83

Tracing Existing Stitches 84

Swiss Darning a Hole 85

Upcycling Projects 87

T-Shirt Yarn 90

Pom-Pom 94

Tassel 98

Braided Rag Rug 102

Latch Hooking 106

Pillow Cover 113

Wall Hanging 114

Rug 115

Knit/Crochet 116

Pillow Cover 116

Bag 120

Crochet Rag Rug 122

Appliqué 126

Decorative Strawberry Patch 133

Crazy Quilting 137

Pillow Cover 141

An Actual Quilt 144

Wall Hanging 145

One Last Thing 147

What to do When … 149

Acknowledgments 151

Notes 153

Index of Projects and Skills 155

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