Renew a Favourite Shirt

We have heard about recycling, reducing waste and re-purposing items; and one way of helping is to renew your old clothing.  Back in the day it used to be called “mending”.  

My mom taught me this little trick for prolonging wear time out of an older shirt.  Cut off the sleeves and turn the collars.  Mysweet Handy Man loves his old shirts, ones that really have seen better days; but I thought perhaps I can try this out and save his favourite shirts.

Back or Under Collar


As you can see, the top of the collar is pretty worn and frayed while the bottom looks new.

The first thing to do is to carefully remove the stitches.  I used a small ripper.  Slip it between the collar and the band and gently start to pick or slice the stitching.   I only opened the seam as much as I had to, to remove the collar.

Once the collar is completely separate, iron it to straighten the seam area.  Fold the band and pin the center to mark it.  Do the same with the collar.

Mark the Middle

Using the pins as markers, pin the collar back into the band making sure you turn it around so the bottom is now the top of the collar.  Stitch closed with a narrow seam.  Give it one more ironing to fold in the right direction.

Now the shirt looks new again, as long as no one peeks underneath 🙂

Do you renew your clothing?  What have you done to reduce clothing waste?

Morning Musings by Bop

First Bucket

First Bucket

Why Recycle?

There is a growing trend to use recycled material.  Re-Stores and Second Hand Stores have made this a significant part of their market strategy.  The motives are simple: save money and save the environment.

I use recycled wood.  Some of it is fit only for burning and some good not even for that, but some is pure treasure.  With a little T.L.C. that ugly duckling of a pallet has outstanding potential.

Economic and environmental considerations are, for me, secondary.  For me, recycled wood represents hope.  It represents the cast-offs, throw-aways and neglected who began with all the potential they need, but who have been banged up by the world.  More or less like all of us at one time or another.

We need a redeemer who will not “break a bruised reed or quench a faint burning wick”.  Who will see the beauty beneath the grime.  That one is Jesus, the master wood worker.

I use reclaimed wood because I have been reclaimed.  In His hands I, and you, can be beautiful and useful once again.

“a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;” Isaiah 42:3

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