When mending textiles, the Japanese call it Boro, which translates to rags. It’s a tradition that goes back hundreds of years. It was often performed with indigo textiles on both clothes and sheets. You could track generations of a family along the seams, as the clothes were repaired over and over again and passed on. The beauty lies in the choice of patches and stitches.
You will need:
fabric scraps for patching
- Trim a hole to a nice round shape.
- Fold back the edges around the hole and iron, or iron back the edges on a patch if you want to sew a patch on top.
- Put the patch behind or over the hole.
- Sew stitches in a decorative way (like crosses or stars) or just straight ones, over the edges of the hole, around the patch and a little bit of everywhere, as you wish.
Collect vintage pieces of textile, ribbons, yarns and buttons, and you will be well prepared for some beautiful mending.
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