Action 202: Learn these three simple sewing skills

sewing itemsDate: 21 July
Action: 202
Cost of taking action: £/$/€ LOW


Everyone should be able to complete these three simple tasks

Not everyone is going to be able to enter “The Great British Sewing Bee”, but all of us can and should be able to manage a small number of basic sewing jobs. Doing this means you are more likely to be able to reuse clothes in need of very minor repair.

What should you be able to do?

You should be able to:

  • replace a lost button
  • repair a fallen hem
  • turn up a pair of trousers or a sleeve and make a fresh hem or edge


Why is this important?

Being able to do these three simple tasks yourself will mean you are far more likely to repair clothes that otherwise might be discarded, or reuse them by being able to adjust the size.

This will reduce the amount of clothing we send to landfill, and lower the carbon footprint (CO2 emissions) associated with the production of clothes you might buy to replace them.

Both of these are critical problems we need to address as a collective.

On top of that, of course, you’ll be saving money, which is always good!

Where to learn more

There are loads of online resources to help you get started, start perhaps with these:

How to sew a hem:

How to replace a shirt button:

Take action

The costs of learning to complete these very basic sewing tasks is very low, you only need to spend a few pounds/dollars/euros on some needles and thread. Of course, if you find you enjoy sewing you might want to learn a lot more and invest in a sewing machine, but you don’t have to do that to take our environmental action number 202.

Happy sewing!

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