My friend Candace asked me to alter her very nice dress pants which she had unfortunately ripped a hole on the knee last March. Finally, on a gorgeous long weekend in May, they are done. Because they were tapered, I had to add some fabric to the inseam so it would lay flat and cuff nicely.
On my birthday, I spent an hour mending an 11 year old tee shirt that was full of holes and deemed only good for bedtime. Now, it it may last me another year of wear.
These jeans are not very old, barely a year. But I wear them all the time and they have several rips. So I had to patch these too.
I found a toy sewing machine at Value Village for the kids. It sort of works! Here is Oliver making a blankie for his baby Lucy. Sewing lessons for kids: Introduction to the sewing machine. Practice straight lines. Patchwork project. Advanced sewing: making your own clothes. Toy design and construction. Accessories: hats & bags. Multiple sessions. $40/2 hours.