Kids are tough on their clothes...Fortunately, they're creative too!
Mending With Kids shows you how to take torn, stained and outgrown kids' clothes and make them better than before using a variety of simple techniques that you can actually do with your kids. This book is filled with helpful tips and techniques for patching, collage (with felt and fabrics), iron-ons, stenciling, darning, embroidery, hand-painting, and much more!
Best of all, most of these techniques are easy enough for kids to join in and put their personal stamp on their clothes--which they absolutely love doing! And with your supervision, they'll pick up practical skills along the way.
In this book, you'll find practical ideas and advice on clothes-savers like:
Using added bands of fabric to cover, patch and lengthen jeans and trousers (kids outgrow them so fast!)
Combining patching with embroidery to make a repair into a design element
Embroidering around holes to make them look like part of the original design (make a worm hole in an embroidered apple, for instance!)
Turning an iron-on patch into a canvas for your kid's artistry--just grab some permanent markers and have fun
Covering stains with a creative use of paint (use the stencil patterns in this book, or use ready-made stencils to add favorite animals, cars, flowers and more)
And many other ideas that turn clothing repair into a shared adventure!
Templates for patches and stencils are included (and kids can trace things you have at home, like puzzle pieces and other fun shapes to expand their creative options). You'll even find a couple of zipper repair techniques to try out before going the replacement route, as well as easy stitching and darning techniques.
You will love the chance to preserve and prolong your kids' wardrobe, and kids will love the chance to participate in saving the environment, exercising their creativity and having clothes that are special and unique (all while saving you some money!). It's a win-win-win collaboration--you, your kids, and this book.
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