For most of us in this day in age, if we get a bad stain on a shirt or rip a sweater or pair of jeans, our first instinct is to just throw that “ruined” item away. It’s especially difficult if it was a favorite clothing item that was ruined and now has to meet its end in a garbage can. It sucks to throw away favorite items, and it’s expensive to replace every piece of clothing that has a tear or stain. It doesn’t have to be that way, however. With a few sewing skills, clothes can be fixed and saved! In this week’s DIY, learn how to fix different types of rips and stains, and learn techniques to keep clothes looking like new. Let’s get started!

(Invest in a small sewing kit to be able to do these DIY fixes!)

Jeans:

The holes that form after many wears between the legs of jeans or slacks is one of the most common and most annoying types of rips pants can get. Luckily, it’s easy to fix! All you need is a needle, blue thread (or thread the same general color as the pants being mended), and a small piece of fabric. See the video above for how to reinforce the fabric so your pants are good to wear for a long time. 

Buttons:

Sewing on a button is a skill everyone should know in theory, but most don’t. It’s super easy to do and comes in very handy, as button are always popping off or becoming loose. It’s pretty easy to sew on a button. Just take a needle and thread and attach the button to a shirt, jacket, a pair of pants, or dress by threading the needle through the buttonholes and fabric. For the full tutorial and how to make sure you’re beginning and ending correctly, check out this Wiki How!

Sweater Snags:

Sweaters are comfy, stylish, and cozy, but they can get caught on things very easily. It’s always so disappointing to wear a new sweater just to have it get caught on a nail or hooked on jewelry. It seems like a loose loop of the sweater’s knit will never go back. Fixing a sweater snag is pretty easy to do, it turns out. You’ll need a crochet hook or needle and clear nail polish. All you need to do to fix the unsightly snag is to loop the loose yarn through the crochet hook and pull it from the outside of the sweater to the inside of the sweater. Once there, make sure it won’t become loose again by knotting it and coating it with the nail polish to reduce fraying. Click here to see the video from Real SImple on how to do it. 

Stains:

Some stains are harder to get out than others. Coffee, pen marks, and tomato based sauces seem to be the ender of light colored clothes. This article from the Cleaning Institute gives you a huge list of stains and how to get rid of them. 

Hopefully this will help you save your clothes from being thrown out unnecessarily!