Visible Mending Books to Help You Start Repairing your Clothes

Have you stopped wearing the clothes you love because of a pesky hole, slight tear or dreadful stain? If we toss these clothes in the bin, our guilt escalates when we know there is already a global textile waste problem.

Repair & Mend the Clothes you Love

It’s reassuring to know we can make a difference by starting to repair and mend the clothes we already own and love. Mending is an age-old concept that helps minimise our clothing consumption and making it visible highlights these imperfections.

Inspiration to Start Mending

These visible mending books will help you start repairing your clothes in a jiffy. I’ve read all of them, and each one offers something a little different. The common thread is that they inspire you to start mending, using the most simple of tools for hand stitching  – a needle and thread.  

Source these books from your local library, borrow from friends, ask your local Buy Nothing group, or purchase these books to share the mending goodness. If you live in Newcastle, locally owned independent bookshop Betty Loves Books may consider ordering a book in for you. This post contains affiliate partnerships links. If you choose to purchase the item, I may receive a commission for recommending, at no additional cost to you.

Modern Mending

By Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald

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Visible Mending

By Arounna Khounnoraj

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Mending Matters

By Katrina Rodabaugh

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Joyful Mending

By Noriko Misumi

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Mending Life

By Nina and Sonya Montenegro

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Mending with Love

By Noriko Misumi

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Mend and Patch

By Kerstin Neumüller

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Wear, Repair, Repurpose

By Lily Fulop

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Make + Mend

By Jessica Marquez

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Mend it, Wear it, Love it!

By Zoe Edwards

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Stitch, Fabric & Thread

By Elizabeth Healey

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Sashiko for Making & Mending

By Saki Iiduka

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The Geometry of Hand-Sewing

By Natalie Chanin

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Hand Sewing Magic

By Lynn Krawcyzk

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There are so many wonderful new hand sewing, stitching, mending and embroidery books that I’m yet to explore. One of my affiliate partners, Etsy is also a fabulous international online shop that sells vintage sewing books and patterns to keep you consistently inspire until you find your own sewing groove.

Stories found on French for Tuesday that help you reduce textile waste and think differently include using fabric as furoshiki gift wrapping, joining the Re:Club, making a shopping bag from an old t-shirt, and ideas for upcycling blankets and reusing socks.

This post contains affiliate partnerships links. If you choose to purchase the item, I may receive a commission for recommending, at no additional cost to you.

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