Reduce fashion pollution and save cash by mending your clothes with our tips

ALL this week in The Sun we’ve been running our Green Team campaign, urging readers to make simple changes to help save the planet from global warming.

One of our seven pledges is Repair & Reuse – and it seems Britain is increasingly doing just that.

Whether it is a treasured item restored on hit BBC show The Repair Shop or a spot of “make do and mend” just like your gran used to do, the fixing habit is spreading.

Last year, half of 18 to 24-year-olds repaired damaged clobber and in the past 12 months in London, 85 per cent of this age group have mended clothing.

Digital start-up The Clothes Doctor alters, repairs and restores garments for customers, receiving items by post and sending them back as good as new.

Here the company’s sewing specialist Lulu O’Connor gives Clemmie Fieldsend tips on how to care for clothing – so you can reduce fashion pollution and save money, too.

MEND THOSE HOLES IN YOUR JUMPERS

YOU NEED: A large needle; yarn in a matching colour and ply of the wool; a sponge; a hair tie.

Hold the sponge in your fist, making sure it has a round edge, and tie the bottom with a hair tie.

Place the sponge under the hole and pull the garment over so the hole is centered. The sponge acts as a barrier so you avoid sewing yourself or another part of the garment.

Sew a few stitches in the undamaged surrounding fabric to secure the thread.

Begin stitching across the hole horizontally, finishing close to the circle of running stitches.

Weave a series of stitches going perpendicular, working the thread over and under your stitches.
Continue this up and down, weaving until you have created a grid that completely covers the hole.

When finished, leave a long end on the thread and tie a knot, holding the repair securely while pulling tight the knot. Do this gently so the thread doesn’t pull the fabric. Snip off the extra thread.

THE 7 PLEDGES

1. Eat more plants

2. Cut your food waste

3. Turn down your heating

4. Insulate your home

5. Switch to green energy

6. Repair and re-use things

7. Drive an electric car

HAND-WASH WOOL TO STOP SHRINKING

YOU NEED: Wool-washing detergent; a clean towel; a basin or bucket.

Fill the bucket with cool water and add two caps of wool-washing detergent.

Turn the garment inside-out and submerge in the soapy water, kneading with your hands, then leave to soak for 30 minutes. It is normal if a little dye leaks at this point.

Empty the soapy water and rinse the garment with cool water until it runs soap-free, then gently press between your hands.

Absorb excess water by laying your garment flat on a towel and roll gently from bottom to top. Unroll and leave to dry flat on an airer.

Follow the same technique for washing silks or satins but use detergent for delicates instead.

A PATCH FROM OLD JEANS

YOU NEED: Patch, from denim or any other material; thread; needle; scissors; a pin.

Cut your fabric to the desired size but ensure it is bigger than the rip. Thread the needle.

Pass the needle in and out of the fabric at regular distances, through both layers of denim then back up to the outer side of the patch.

As the loop tightens, push the needle through the loop to catch the thread, then move a little to the right on the edge of the patch and repeat.

Continue around the edge of the patch. When secured, push the needle through to the inside and do a couple of small, straight stitches underneath to secure. Then snip off any excess thread.

Turn the garment over front and snip off any frayed edges.

Join The Sun’s ‘Green Team’ & save the planet

MAKING simple everyday changes can add up to a BIG difference to the planet.

And we want you and your family to join The Sun's Green Team – our eco revolution. 

It can feel overwhelming to know how to play a part in reducing greenhouse gasses, but we will be showing you the practical steps we can take to curb climate change – with the help of the global ‘Count Us In’ initiative.

And our easy measures will even help you SAVE money so your household budget goes further.

We'll help you to reduce food waste, insulate your home, create tasty planet-friendly meals and take simple steps to trim your carbon footprint.

We want you to go online to sign-up to as many of our special Green Team pledges as you can manage and a special calculator will show you how much carbon you will personally save.

It won’t cost you a penny but the total you and your family will save will be added to the global ‘Count Us In’ total and the platform will support you every step of the way. 

So tap here to pledge.

FIXING A SPLIT ZIP

YOU NEED: Tweezers or pliers.

Check whether any fabric is caught in the zip and, if so, remove with tweezers or by hand.

If there is no fabric caught, check the individual teeth. If any are sticking out or look out of place, realign them with pliers or tweezers.

If the teeth appear straight, there might be an issue with the slider. Over time, the slider can start to widen and lose grip. Using pliers, apply pressure to close the slider.

CLOTHES WASTE

MORE than £100million of clothes end up in landfill every year in this country, contributing to the fashion industry’s ten per cent share of global carbon emissions.

That is more than international flights and shipping combined. Turn over to find out how high street stores are doing their bit to help.

MORE than £100million of clothes end up in landfill every year in this country, contributing to the fashion industry’s ten per cent share of global carbon emissions. That is more than international flights and shipping combined. Turn over to find out how high street stores are doing their bit to help.

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