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Erin Eggenburg's Mending Blog — upcycle

Jean Mending Project: Repairing Large Holes with Sashiko & Denim Patches

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Jean Mending Project: Repairing Large Holes with Sashiko & Denim Patches

These jeans with 2 large tears (one in each leg) and some paint splotches might seem like a lost cause. I beg to differ. These jeans are in great shape despite some unfortunate experiences. But where to begin?

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Simple Denim Repair with Visible Mending

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Simple Denim Repair with Visible Mending

Repairing denim with underpatching. This type of mending will work for both small and large holes. It's a simple and fast way to patch jeans with denim patches and hand stitching. 

All you need for this type of denim repair is some extra denim, thread, and a needle. Simple, quick, and a sturdy repair. 

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Repairing Jeans with Oversize Knee Patches and Sashiko Stitching

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Repairing Jeans with Oversize Knee Patches and Sashiko Stitching

This pair of Carhartt jeans was weak in the knees. I added some oversize patches with sashiko style stitching to repair and give this pair of jeans new life.

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Sashiko Style Circles

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Sashiko Style Circles

I'm always kind of amazed at how substantial a ripped and mended pair of jeans feel when you put them on and run your hands over the texture, and they only get better with time. More rips and more mending and patching, and the softest, strongest jeans that fit your body just right. 

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A contemporary practice of traditional Japanese mending

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A contemporary practice of traditional Japanese mending

When you are planning a sashiko style visible mending project, take some time to consider the garment. A mending project can take an afternoon or months of little by little mending. Either way, when the mending is finished, it is a different garment from the original, and to me, feels like a work of art. 

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