Intro to Visible Mending by Hand: Fix Your Jeans - Simply and Beautifully!

Nina and Sonya Montenegro, The Far Woods

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8 Videos (22m)
    • Introduction

    • Materials

    • Cutting the Patch

    • Pinning

    • Threading the Needle

    • Whip Stitch

    • Running Stitch

    • Inspiration


About This Class

Class Description: 

In this class you will learn how to simply and beautifully fix a hole in the knee of your jeans by hand, with a few basic tools, in a few simple steps.  You do not need to know how to sew to take this class!  

Visible mending is a stunning way to give new life to your clothing. Learning to mend will save you money and lessen your impact of the environment as you will add more years to the lives of your well-worn clothing. Rebel against the throwaway culture and join the slow fashion movement!  

This class is also a great way to brush up on your hand-sewing skills and practice by completing a functional project.  If you don't have experience sewing, that is ok too!  In this class we will focus on getting you comfortable with two basic hand sewing stitches:  the whip stitch & running stitch.

If the knees of your jeans are all intact, you might choose to take this class to customize your clothing by learning to add a decorative patch to the jean leg.  After learning how to add a patch, you can personalize all of your clothing over time to create a wardrobe that is completely unique.  Become a part of a rich history of visible mending!

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10 of 10 students recommendSee All

Very clear instructions!
Handy technique for repairing jeans and adding character at the same time.
Great intro to a basic mending technique! Liked the intro at the beginning about reasons to reduce/stop buying & tossing clothing. These are definitely things that have been on my mind. It was interesting to hear about historical precedents for this technique. I'd be interested to see classes on more complex visible mending methods.
Stephanie F.

I like to make things





Nina and Sonya Montenegro are a sister design and maker team living on an organic farm outside of Portland. They run a creative studio called The Far Woods.  Using local and environmentally friendly materials and practices whenever possible, the sisters strive to repurpose instead of buying new; believing that a well-made, hand-made, lovingly-made item is better than a shiny-new item.  Committed to this ethos, they teach workshops in mending and radical homemaking.  

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