Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Sew and Tell: mending bag

Pin It

I was cleaning up my craft/office/homework/storage/everything room the other day and I kept moving around a pile of clothes that needed mending. Sadly, the clothes actually had dust on them they’ve been sitting around for so long.

Mending is just one of those things that seems endless – buttons, little frayed seams but most of all hemming. I’m short and even though I try to buy things to fit my height, not all items come in a “short” version. So there always seems to be a pile of something that needs mending.

I decided my mending pile needed a home. A have a surplus of cute tote bags but I knew if I just threw the clothes into a tote bag, they’d get lost in a sea of other important yet neglected tote bags [the tote bag to take to my son’s sporting events, the bag of magazines, the bag of crocheting that I started last year… and so on].

No, I needed something that would look nice but that reminded me that I had to mend these clothes. I embroidered “Mending” onto a piece of burlap and stitched on several buttons for decoration.

The bag is nice and bright and already had pretty lining. 

I’ll throw in some basic colored threads, extra scissors and a small sewing kit of needles. 

I realize that the irony is that I could have mended those clothes in the time it took me to make the tote bag but that’s the way it will always be – mending is last on the list.

Thanks for visiting.

I link at the wonderful parties listed here and 
UndertheTableandDreaming Tip Junkie handmade projects Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket



Wedding season is in full swing and Layla Grayce is offering 15% off wedding gifts with promo code 15wed valid through 6/30/12!  I love all things Layla Grayce, but below are a few of my absolute favorite wedding gift ideas:

The bride and groom will remember their wedding everyday with the Bella Fiore Frame. This cream colored frame is simply elegant and is accented with a laurel green bow. Looking for a gift that will last a lifetime? The Personalized Wedding Announcement Plate is hand made by an artist and can be personalized with couples names, monogram, or up to 5 lines of text! Create an instant heirloom with the Essex Silver Creamer Set. These petite silver creamers add the perfect touch of personality.

15% off wedding gifts with promo code 15wed valid through 6/30/12!


  1. Nice idea! People start to use buttons everywhere and they always look pretty! By the way, may I ask you how did you make your BLOG buttons? I already have a picture of my blog button. But I have no idea of how to make a html code and place it to my blog to make people grab the button to their blogs. Could you help me please?

  2. Your mending bag is just darling. I have a mending box, as in cardboard, because I figure "out of sight, out of mind." About once a year I open it up to see if I can cull anything, and thankfully most items don't seem worth mending anymore, so they get pitched or torn apart for scraps. LOL


Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. I enjoy reading and responding to your comments. If you do not hear back from me via email your profile is most likely defaulted to no reply-comment or anonymous and I am unable to respond.