I mend rips or tears in t-shirts often with a pretty patch. Once it gets too bad, then they become hankies or rags. I have gotten stains on things and instead of throwing them out - I use patches over the spot, embroidery, pretty buttons, appliques or fabric paint.
Totally frayed and worn towels in the past have been turned into wash cloths - I cut and stitch edges and continue to use. Towels are good for rags as well.
I can't begin to tell you how many things I have mended in some way and continued to use. I have sewn, used fabric liquid stitch, duct tape, super glue, patches and paint, scraps of lumber and many unusual items.
Last week I did a 'fix' on my work tennis shoes. I bought 2 pair that fit well several years ago at a super price. I still have one pair that is basically brand new! The other pair was worn with jeans for ages, then I started using them when working in the yard. I have finally worn a hole in the sole. It doesn't go through 100% - but it allows moisture through.
I cut a piece of this to fit in the upper half of the shoe (like an inner sole). Even though the hole had not come all the way through to the inside - I did cut and place a piece of duct tape on the inside in that area of the shoe - then I laid this new 'inner sole' in place. It seems to be working quite well.
If I still get moisture through I do have some tape on hand that is water proofing tape - that I may try.
As you can see these are grungy. I throw them in the washing machine every now and then to wash and then air dry. This is them at their best!!!!! LOL I realize tape will need replaced after each washing.
I am sure with this fix I will get through this summer at least! They still work and I see no reason to trash them.
This was the perennial bedding starting back a couple weeks ago. See that nasty looking green chair? I keep that out there and either put a big pot of flowers on it (for height variety) or I let the kitties use it to sun.
Well, the seat only had 2 slats left - the rest had rotted through. The slats run the same direction as the arms - so I found some scrap wood and set it going the opposite direction and screwed it in. Once the weather warms a bit the chair will get a completely new and brightly colored paint job (I see it in my head!).
I can either put a pot of flowers there or a cushion for the kitties. Once the ground flowers grow - the seat will be slightly secluded - so it's all good.
Yep, that is a old metal head board in the middle of the garden! It is a flower bed!!! LOL
It gets repainted this year as well.
I can tell you - within 15 minutes of adding those boards on the chair seat - I looked up and Momma cat was sitting there sunning and watching me do other yard work. That made it all worthwhile!
I have so many projects to do this spring - just waiting for some warm days. Painting pretty much takes a certain temperature for the paint to dry correctly. I have MANY items around the yard that I am going to repaint this year to give it a bit more color and just add a bit of whimsy. I love whimsy in the garden!!!!!
A couple years ago an old time hardware (that I loved) went out of business. I got all kinds of spray paint in so many colors and even quarts of paint on a super discounted sale. They are still good and I plan on doing most of my 'coloring' with what I have on hand.
So there you have a couple of my recent repairs.
Have you mended or repaired anything lately?