Mr Green saves the day!

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how to mend a rivet on a pair of jeansMy Granddad’s answer to everything in life was ‘a bit of solder’.

And it looks like I might have married someone with a similar philosophy.

You might remember I introduced Zoe from Eco Thrifty’s Slow Fashion challenge.

She’s going great guns and even began with a unique project on turning curtain tassels into a necklace.

Take a look!

upcycle curtain edging into a necklace

Her idea was for us to rethink the disposable fashion culture and see if we could create an outfit that kept up to date with the latest fashions by re-designing clothes we already had in our wardrobes.

Well that left me at the starting gate.

Artistry in the clothes department is not my forte.

But never mind, Zoe suggested we make do and mend something in our wardrobes instead.

Not one to wield a needle and thread in a hurry I soon lost momentum.

Fortunately Mr Green saved the day!

You know how it is when your favourite pair of jeans start to disintegrate?

Well, exactly that happened to Little Miss Green.

She held her jeans in one hand and a rivet in the other asking if I could sew it back on.

I told her I’d need a special rivet-thing machine, so no I couldn’t.

But Mr Green, being the wonderful father he is, rushed to her aid.

I mean, we can’t have a teen without her favourite pair of denims can we?

Did Mr Green thread up a needle and set to work?

Not quite.
His method might be unconventional, but the results look pretty impressive:

What about you – what the latest item of clothing you’ve mended or upcycled?

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Oh I love Mr. Green’s innovative solution! Very creative and gives new life to something which might otherwise be lost! Nicely done!

  2. Thanks so much for joining in the slow fashion challenge and for sharing! Brilliant soldering by Mr Green!

  3. lizard100 says:

    Simple, effective and brilliant!

  4. Philippa says:

    A soldering iron… something that many nowadays have probably never heard of! My Dad had one and was always mending things. I just need a project that is an excuse to get one! Araldite also featured highly in Dad’s mending of things. I guess nowadays people use superglue a lot. I’ve also found some stuff called Sugru which I’ve mended a drying rack with and out of which I am considering building new plastic legs for a sandwich toaster.

    I’ve replaced that metal fastener on jeans with a big button which worked but which was definitely not cool in fact pretty uncool.

    My greatest success recently has been to turn the bald cuffs under on my adored macaroni zip-up jacket. I thought of more complicated ways to do it but in the end just rolled them under and stitched them while on a flight to Paris. It worked and my jacket has lasted for another year before now starting to need more TLC. It’s just so comfortable and useful and I haven’t found a suitable replacement yet… so I’m still considering whether and how I can possibly extend its presentable life any longer!

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