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

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Replacing buttons, darning socks and other mending skills have largely been lost to the decades. Yet, as the eco-conscious are ditching fast fashion, these techniques are being rediscovered as easy methods to revamp wardrobes with personal flair-hello, visible mending-and sustainability. 

In Wear, Repair, Repurpose Lily Fulop welcomes beginner and experienced makers with projects to refresh their wardrobes, make the most of thrift store finds and give worn-out cloth new life. Illustrated step-by-step instructions demystify mending techniques and skill-based projects will inspire readers to embrace their own personal style. 

Learn to darn socks, hem trousers, embroider over stains, and crochet and braid rugs. For anyone who cares about reducing fashion waste but doesn't want to sacrifice style, this is the immersive guide you need.

“This is beginners level book on how to mend clothes and make them more interesting than they were when they were new. I was raised by a mother who lived through the depression and taught me to sew on a button or fix a split seam, but this takes mending to a higher level. The chapter in the beginning describing what REALLY happens to donated clothes is eye-opening.” Reader review on Goodreads

“This is a great book that focuses on reusing old clothing. It goes over the basic techniques, everything from types of needles to understanding varieties of fabric. There are simple projects, like sewing buttons and repairing seams, to more complex techniques like Swiss darning a hole. It also covers some great repurposing projects, like wall hangings, appliques, and pillow covers. As someone who only has very basic sewing skills, I found this book easy to follow along, and it made the projects very approachable for a beginner. I hadn't seen some of these repurposing projects before, such as quilting pillow covers. I recommend this book to anyone interested in repairing and upcycling old clothing!” Reader review on Goodreads

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