There are many ways of approaching the goal of producing less waste but for me, one of the most obvious things is to consume less and make do with what you have.
Mending, repairing and refashioning will significantly extend the life of items, save them from landfill for longer and of course, reduce the need to purchase a replacement.
Here is a practical example that I did this morning in less than an hour.
This is GMan’s sweatshirt which he wears on the weekend when gardening, mowing and painting as you can see. The cuffs and lower band are all frayed and badly stretched but the body of the garment is still relatively sound.
When I said that I could replace the cuffs, he commented how much he liked the fit of it – although I don’t think ‘fit’ is actually the right word. So, The first thing I did was to make a pattern for future reference.
I use lightweight interfacing for this purpose and have a roll of it. I find the patterns cut on interfacing are durable and unlikely to tear.
There are only 2 pieces required – one for the front and back (with different necklines marked) and one for the sleeves.
Next, I had a dig in my stash of ribbing to find a suitable piece. I found some bottle green which was exactly enough for the lower band and sleeve cuffs – no wastage at all.
I then found a piece of black for the neckband and set to work. I will not try to explain how the ribbing is attached as there are plenty of good instructions which can be found using Google.
The final result.
GMan is happy and I am sure this will see plenty more wear in the garden.