Repair, Reuse, Recycle, Renew

Good quality towels tend to come at a price, especially if you are looking at bath sheets. You want them to last a long time and quite often, the binding on the edging starts to fray long before the body of the towel begins to deteriorate. In this climate of making things last longer, what can you do when your towels start to fray?

I wasn’t ready to reuse, recycle or renew my towels so I was left with the option of repairing. Next time the towel came through the wash, it was taken to the studio so some remedial work could be undertaken.  The first thing was to choose some suitable fabric.

As you can imagine, when it comes to fabric, I have quite a bit to choose from. I found a fabric that coordinated with my towel and created some binding, made in the same way as I do for my quilts. I used 2 1/2″ wide binding but next time, I would go for 3″. I’ll explain why.

You can see from the photos that the binding on the top of the towel was still in tact. The meant I was adding binding to an already bulky edge. If I had gone for a wider binding, I could have avoided stitching through this area. As it was, I broke two needles! I should have paid attention to my instincts and hand wound the machine through the most bulky parts which is what I did after replacing two needles. I sewed the binding to one side, folded over to the other side and then top stitched in place. This means that the binding is going to withstand a lot of use and washing for a number of years.

The end result was definitely worth the broken needles and definitely cheaper than buying new towels, in terms of both cost to my bank balance as well as to the environment. I love it when my quilting skills help me with my mending!  Do you have any other favourite mending tips?  If so, share them with us below.