Between each new project I mend something. I’ve done this for about a year or so and it has really helped me feel like I’m on top of things. After watching those poor garment workers slaving away for $100US a month (see this post), I feel its the least I can do; fix something thats a bit broken.
Last week it was one of those shopping bags they give you if you buy enough meat to justify an Hawaiian luau – my butcher is a generous fellow. Anyhow, long story short, the binding hadn’t been caught in the stitching and the bag developed a huge hole after one use – I fixed it. 5 mins work and it made me feel smug. Have you heard – ‘smug’ is also the pollution created by users of hybrid cars? That joke did the rounds a while back – tee hee! The only other alternative would be to throw it in the bin, after all what is a bag with a hole but a nuisance.
These PJs were a bargain at $20, because as I pointed out to the salesperson, they have a button missing and there was no spare. Wait for the smug… I made a covered button from the binding that extended inside the PJ shorts! You can barely differentiate it from the original and the PJs won’t sit idle in the mending pile till I give up and throw them in the charity collection.
I highly recommend this strategy, the mending can be anything big or small, sometimes the thing I mend is very quick, it depends on how much time I have, but I feel justified in moving on to other more exciting projects having completed my ‘work’. So no more leaky pipes because you’re a plumber, backfiring car because you’re a mechanic or buttonless shirts because you’re a sewist – mending is good for the psyche!