Better Than New

>> Monday, August 2, 2010

Jo does a lot of painting with real acrylic paints (read - non-washable) and I don't always ask her to wear an apron - so she has a lot of perfectly good shirts with paint stains on them. This summer I've taken to sewing little patches over those stains - good as new. Jo tells me they're better than new because now they are prettier. :-)


tanita davis August 2, 2010 at 1:08 PM  

Ooh, Crafty Mom, just wait 'til she finds the Rit.

I dye EVERYTHING -- old granny panties I'm tired of -- into the machine with a pound of salt and dye. Bedsheets -- boring yellow or white need to be dampened, rubber banded and brought to live in livid, lively patterned shades of fuchsia.

I like the idea of sewing the patches, but I don't have a good stash of remnants in fabrics that are wearable... but that's an idea...

What an awesomely Crafty Girl.

Kitt August 2, 2010 at 5:49 PM  

Great idea! I have often wished I could sew decorative patches on shirts that have gotten holes or stains. Or just to perk up stuff I'm bored with.

Wendi August 3, 2010 at 8:37 AM  

Tanita - I never think to dye things. Every time I've used Rit dyes they fade really quickly. But the image you paint of vividly patterned fuchsia bedsheets is pretty irresistable. Do you have a trick for setting the dye?

Kitt - sewing on patches is easy and fun. For a quickie job I just cut out the patch with pinking shears and stitch it in place using a running stitch and fat embroidery thread. The edges fray in the wash and it looks nice and soft. For a more lasting patch I actually press the edges under and blind stitch it in place. And if it's a patch to repair a hole I embroider over the whole surface of the patch - like a fancy darning. That really reinforces the whole thing.

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