Mend it Monday #2

An idea devised by The Snail of Happiness

My word, mends on two Mondays running! I must be getting organised, or something.

That’s my hand you’re seeing through the shredded fabric

I like good bed linen. High thread count, but soft. I’ve had one of my sets for 15 years, a 1000 thread count damask stripe sateen cotton, and it’s still lovely, no pilling, but it is wearing rather thin. The pillowcases especially have become fragile, and I now have two that need repairing. I patched a pillowcase from another set in Pima cotton a while ago, and it lasted a short while, but then the fabric around the patch gave way. Now another one has gone; it emerged from the washing machine torn from side to side.

Damask stripe on the front, plain Pima back.

Well, if you have two pillowcases, each with one torn side, what would you do? Yup, turn them into one pillowcase with two good sides, and from what’s left, make patching material for future repairs. So now I have a single pillowcase with a damask stripe sateen front and a plain Pima back. It feels lovely!

… and the pillow still fits. Result!

That’s better.

41 thoughts on “Mend it Monday #2

    • katechiconi says:

      It was. Not a difficult job; the hardest part was ripping the seams open with my trusty stitch ripper. But ending up with a nice ‘new’ pillowcase at the end was brilliant!

  1. tialys says:

    I watch you and Mrs. Snail mend away on Mondays and that’s as far as it’s gone with me so far although I did alter a dress recently and dye it -does that count?

    • katechiconi says:

      I think it depends on whether the dress was completely unwearable as it was. If yes, I’d call it a mend. If no, then perhaps not. I think you should ask The Snail – it’s her initiative.

  2. An excellent save. I have a lovely sheet that has worn thin like that. I bought it when we had our “new” bed, so it’s 11 years old. Currently it’s being used as an undersheet, but I think it’s going to have to be put in the scrap bag soon. The good bits would make nice soft linings for face masks (about 250 of them).

  3. Nothing like making something new from something old and worn

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    Nice bedlinen does make a big difference, like good quality towels. Well worth saving.

    • katechiconi says:

      In the case of household linens, cheap is very poor economy, as the better the quality, the longer they last. My sheets are still OK, but I’ll turn them if I need to. The main hazard to them is the Husband’s toenails – and the dog!

  5. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I too have a sheet that is wearing thin which is not unreasonable as it must be about 15 years old. When it gets a bit worse I will ‘sides to middle’ it and keep it going a bit longer.

  6. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    It’s a job that very few people do these day, we live in a throwaway world alas. And the quality of the things we buy is not as it used to be….You did a good job !

  7. kathyreeves says:

    I must look and see what needs mended and join the Monday crowd! We are goi g back to the tea towel days, Monday mending, Tuesday baking, etc.!

  8. magpiesue says:

    Like Lynn, I admire the mending that’s being done and that’s as far as it goes. Who knows, one of these days that may change! Great save on the pillowcase by the way. 🙂

  9. Susan Nixon says:

    Mending with like-strength fabric should last longer than mending with new. It’s the principle of mending old jars with new clay. It doesn’t last long because the new is stronger than the old and causes problems. Your solution may be the perfect answer. I thought maybe this was going to be a regular posting feature, Mend it Monday. =)

    • katechiconi says:

      Exactly! Just as you don’t mend old quilts with new fabrics or they’ll pull an even bigger hole. The Snail of Happiness does a semi-regular Mend it Monday post and I have jumped on her bandwagon, joining in when I have a mend to show. It’s a good motivator to actually get the mending done!

  10. I like what you’ve done. I’ve had our 2 doona covers for about 20 years, one was a very expensive department store Sheridan set, the other a cheap knockoff of the same fortuitously encountered in a cheap manchester shop when I was on holidays in Perth. Both have worn well and the same, I might add, considering the $400 price difference. But frayed along the top edge. The fix for now is reversing them on the bed but they are so much a part of my life they will be patched, that’s my next mending job… hopefully more elegant that yesterday’s efforts lining the inner legs of 2 pairs of my jeans… NOT post-worthy.

    • katechiconi says:

      Could you maybe turn that top frayed edge in so the new edge is, say, half an inch further down? It wouldn’t make a great deal of difference to the overall doona length, but it would give you a fresh edge. The trouble with patching is that unless you use an older piece of fabric that’s been washed several times and is a bit worn itself, it’ll pull too hard on the older fabric and may tear itself out.

  11. You have given me along with the other comments so many good ideas for old bed sheets. I can’t bare to part with them I wear socks to bed at night because my legs move so much in my sleep that I too tear the sheets with toenails. I try to keep them clipped and filed but it’s not worth the risk. I have little white ankle socks for bed. I think sheeting would be nice for masks. Since I’ve been using masks for a long time now when air quality goes bad here I have to always have them handy. People would look at me strange and ask if I was sick or trying not to get sick. Now wearing one is the new normal here. I’m very gentle on my clothing and rarely need to mend but will do it willingly rather than buy new. I wonder what the younger generation will do during hard times?

    • katechiconi says:

      I think the young will jump on the internet and search for YouTube videos on how to fix things: remake, remodel, repair, repurpose. They lack the practical skills, but not the knowledge of how to find it. Of course, seeing and doing are two very different things, but with practice….

  12. Wise use. I’ve been making pandemic masks from old sheets and pillowcases. I mean old, from my parents’ generation. The threadcount is amazing and the fabric is soft in a way that no fabric can be unless it has been used for decades. Soft, comforting, necessary. I make masks from that fabric, the ties from old t-shirts. I’d rather we were not living in such surreal times, but since we are, I have stacks of fabric that once may have been sheets, tablecloths, and clothes that now might serve a better purpose.

    • katechiconi says:

      I like the idea of really old sheets being used. A gift of safety from an older and wiser generation…
      I have been wondering recently whether using Scotchgard on the outer fabric would increase its safety by making it more impermeable to liquid, but I’m not happy with how little information there is on the safety of breathing through fabric treated this way.

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