Sustainability, Eco living, and Ethical Brands are hot topics today and rightly so. I have always made sure I repair and rewear not only my own clothes but also those of my family. Our pets sleep on old crochet blankets that have been darned and washed many times over. Marc takes pride in the patches I apply to his mended jeans, even if I sometimes embroider little hearts on them! The teen has grown up with the make do and mend mentality that was a way of life during wartime. He always asks me to mend his favourite skateboarding jeans with patches. Recently the people at Sugru contacted me and asked if I would like to review some of their mending products. Of course, I jumped at the chance to spread the word about the practicality and sustainability of repairing and rewearing our clothes..
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What is Sugru?
Sugru is a multi-purpose mouldable glue, that sets strong by turning into a flexible silicone rubber. People use it for all kinds of creative repair and DIY jobs. Recently the company started selling and promoting other repair products which I got the chance to try. So let’s start with some repair and mending inspiration.
Humade Gold Textile Patches
Humade Create Me Gold Textile Kit is the perfect product for making older clothes wearable again. Have you ever been cleaning and spilt bleach on a top? I always manage to do this. Now I have the answer, don’t throw it away. put a pretty patch on it!
How I fixed a hole and a stain.
I had a sweatshirt with a stain on the front, that would not come off, resulting in a favourite soft old sweatshirt being unwearable. It was languishing in a pile with one of Marc’s tracksuit bottoms that had a hole in the leg. Using the Humade kit I fixed them both and saved them from landfill!
How to Instructions
- 1. Press the area to be mended.
- 2. if its a stain, choose a suitable shape to cover it, or make up your own from the larger sheet included.
- 3. Lay patch shiny side up and cover with a cloth. Iron by holding iron in place for a few seconds, Remove shiny layer and cover with greaseproof paper, iron for a couple more seconds.
- 4. Stand back and admire!
- 5. For a hole cut a small piece of felt to size and place under the fabric to fill hole, the patch is then applied the same way, to cover hole and felt.
How To Repair & Rewear A Knitted Jumper.
Sugru also sell a useful repair kit for knitted items called Woolfiller. To be used in a decorative way or in a traditional way to repair small moth holes or larger repairs, like punch needle craft. Simply place the foam sponge included in the kit, under the hole, apply a small ball of wool fibre to the damaged area and push the punch needle in and out. Once a firm layer has been created trim any loose fluff away and lightly press the area. In my opinion this is a superb way to repair your favourite knitwear.
I Rescued & Repaired His favourite Old Jumper
His favourite old jumper had a large hole in it, the label had come away and left a mess. Unfortunately, the pack did not contain burgundy wool fibre so I used the black as the hole would be hidden under the collar. Extremely easy to do and he loved the result.
For This Fun Project I Sewed A T-shirt and designed a motif!
After having so much fun with repairs, I decided I wanted to make up my own design for an iron on motif. I used a pattern I already had and the Humade textile pack from Sugru.
Sugru Don’t Just Sell Glue . . .
So if you’re looking for some clever repair solutions for your clothing or home then Sugru.com is definitely worth a look. Their DIY kits also make lovely gifts including this very beautiful Merchant and Mills Sewing Box, filled with everything you might need to start sewing. Merchant & Mills make very stylish sewing accessories. The only ones I buy or ask for myself!