Learn to sew a button
Mastering this basic will save many a shirt from the bin. You’ll need a button, thread a similar colour to your shirt, a needle, scissors and a pin. Cut a length of thread – 30 centimetres should be plenty – and thread it through the eye of the needle. Tie both ends of thread into a knot at the bottom.
Place the button where you want to secure it and poke the needle through the fabric starting from the inside of the shirt to the outside. Stop until the knot has prevented the thread from going further.
To stabilise the button while you sew it, and also to ensure there’s enough space for the button hole to go around the button, place a pin at the centre of the button and stitch over it to hold it in place. Start stitching the thread through the holes in the button, forming a cross shape with the thread. Once the button is secure, cut the excess thread, remove the pin and you’re done!
Iron on patches
For fixing tears in jeans, there’s nothing better than an iron on patch. Denim patches come in many varieties. Choose your shade and cut out the size that you need to cover the hole.
Prepare the hole that you want to mend by cutting the frayed edges for a neat appearance. Turn your jeans inside out, place the patch over the hole, making sure the fabric is as flat as possible and heat the iron to a high temperature. Press down on the patch for 30 seconds. That’s it! Turn your jeans inside out to admire your handiwork.
Once you’ve mended your clothes, throw them in the wash. Use a detergent such as Omo, and get those repaired clothes looking and smelling brand new. No longer do you have to say goodbye to your favourite clothes; your needle and thread will have you covered.