A few weeks ago one of the buttons fell off a pair of jeans I was wearing. It was one of the middle ones in the fly part so anyone looking in that direction could easily see what colour pants I had on that day.

The jeans weren’t expensive and a few years old so my first instinct was just to get rid of them and start shopping for a new pair, however this blog  has a habit of making me think more about saving money so I decided to see if I could repair the jeans instead.

I’m technically minded so a button shouldn’t be a problem and it wasn’t, what did surprise me was the cost. a Meagre 12p! In the local market there are 2 sewing stalls, I’ve no idea how they can stay in business and make a profit when customers like me come along so infrequently and buy a 12 pence item. They sell other items such as needles and thread but they all only cost pennies. That’s not my concern however.

What I am concerned about is how many items of clothing I’d thrown away in the past because I assumed a repair would have cost a few quid and lots of time and effort that made the idea of buying new replacement items favourable.

I know a lot of readers will already be familiar with repairing their own clothes, but for those who aren’t, I recommend next time something rips or tears to sit down and have a think if it can be fixed for a couple of pence spent on a needle and thread. Its much easier than you might think.

Here are some links I found to help anyone completely stumped by the idea of repairing clothing:

http://lifehacker.com/five-basic-hand-stitches-you-should-know-for-repairing-1723233194 – Some basics for repairing tears/cuts in clothes

http://www.marthastewart.com/274965/how-to-patch-a-hole-mend-a-seam-and-fix – a guide for bigger holes

If you do try and mend clothes and it fails miserably or you make the original tear worse, it doesn’t matter as you were going to chuck the clothes anyway!