Mend and Make Do Monday

There was no communal crafting with daughter yesterday as she had something else on so I completed a task I was given a little while ago. I had been asked to rescue a very old jacket which had a large hole (and a few smaller ones) near the hem.

I could see why this was something to attempt to save rather than get rid of. It was beautifully made. The button flap details on the vent at the back particularly caught my eye.

Even the buttons on the cuffs were fully functional, complete with buttonholes. Cuff buttons are more usually just decorative.

The smaller holes were fairly straightforward to darn but this hole was more complicated and too big to darn..

I could see there was a previous machine darn above the hole and this looked like a professionally done job, but it must have involved unpicking the lining, which I wanted to avoid. I needed to stabilise the fabric so I cut a piece of red felt to size and pushed it through the hole, adjusting it until it lay flat between the lining and outer fabric.

I pinned this in place and secured it with small stitches round the edge, then darned over the patch.

It may not be perfect, but it’s a great improvement on what was there before and if nothing else will stop the hole from getting bigger!

Doing a restoration job like this had me pretending that I was on Repair Shop. If you’ve never seen it this is a lovely British TV show, where members of the public bring much loved heirlooms, which have fallen into a sorry state of disrepair, to be restored by expert craftspeople. Whether these treasured items are ceramics, leather, furniture, clocks, paintings or old toys, the painstaking work of the experts is always astounding and the reaction of the owners on seeing their property returned to its former glory is touching to watch. It’s a definite must-see!


I live in Northumberland, within sight of the sea and spend my time knitting, crocheting, sewing and trying my hand at different crafts. There's usually a story to share about the things I make.

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