Life Skills: Mending Clothing

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mending

Mending clothing is a life skill that my mom taught me at a young age. My mom is a professional seamstress and did her best to teach me sewing skills. Unfortunately I don’t have her talent for sewing. However, I have learned how to mend clothing and sew on buttons. Learning how to mend will save you money too! If a seem busts on a shirt, it’s easy to add a few stitches.

ripped seam

A couple of weeks ago, Capt. M (age 9) noticed a seam ripped open on his favorite slippers. He retrieved some thread and a needle and asked if I could show him how to fix it. This was the perfect opportunity to teach my son a life skill. I’m sure it will impress his wife one day!

To mend clothing, you will need:

  • scissors
  • a needle
  • thread
  • pins

whip stitch

I taught Capt. M a really simple whip stitch. I showed him how to thread a needle and how to tie a knot in the end of the thread. Capt. M completed the stitches along the entire seam of the slipper. When he got to the end of the seam, I then showed him how to knot off the thread. It took about ten minutes for this little life lesson instruction.

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Not only did we save money by repairing the slipper, but Capt. M was thrilled with his new learned skill. He was very proud of his accomplishment and eager to apply this skill at a later date. Get your kids involved in household upkeep at a young age; you’re teaching them skills that will last a lifetime!

 

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Renae is a married working mom of two handsome boys. She works as a registered dental hygienist by day and blogs here at How to Have it All by night. She enjoys cooking from scratch, working in her vegetable garden and functional training.

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