An iron is a useful tool to keep our clothes wrinkle-free, and can be a major boon to most sewing projects.
While there are alternatives, using an iron is easiest when you've got access to an ironing board. Boards need covers: find out how to make your own with this ironing board cover tutorial by The 36th Avenue.
(Image source) [ID: the bottom of an ironing board with a DIY cover attached to it made out of black fabric with white polkadots. Four ends of pieces of elastic stick out of a hole in the fabric.]
I love cleaning out old candle glasses. Like yes you fucking whore glass bottle. I’m gonna use you so much more. Now I will scrub your slut ass with a CleanX and various sized random objects to get the wax residue off.
Plastic bottles are a common target in the environmentalism community, and for good reason (Note: this article is over 3 years old). So what can we do about it? As with many of my posts, I’m going to mention a few ways that I’ve seen environmentalists provide a solution for this problem, and discuss some alternatives for those who can’t participate in those solutions.
The most trendy products I’ve seen are no doubt good solutions (given you actually reuse them and don’t over-consume them either!). Metal and glass bottles come in fun colors and patterns, I myself have a metal bottle from my school and a metal coffee mug with a cat on it! I’ve also seen reusable cups with lids and straws here and there.
Now, what do you do if you don’t have the money or ability to use them?
Budget wise, I buy most of my stuff second-hand if I can, or at least at a discount store. If you’re in college, go to school events and you’re almost guaranteed to find a reusable bottle. There are also cheaper reusable bottles made from a more durable plastic. I’ve mentioned before that reusable plastic is still better than single-use (a note on plastic safety)! You can also bring mugs and cups from home, I do so whenever I get coffee from a shop! Also, if you can buy a drink--like soda for example--in a glass bottle or aluminum can, you can wash and recycle it after without having to purchase a whole reusable bottle (however, you could argue it’s better to buy a reusable bottle since the extra cost of the glass bottles could add up, but I digress).
For my followers with strength or motor control problems, reusing your favorite “single-use” plastic bottle until you need to throw it away is a great option too. At this blog post, which is more for fighting climate change as a disabled person in general, the author mentions how they reuse plastic bottles that work for them. See the aforementioned link for safety regarding reusing plastic!
It can be difficult, if not impossible, for some folks to use glass containers due to broken glass being a possibility, as can having memory issues that prevent you from being able to bring a reusable container in general, so remember to be kind to yourself and do what you can when you can. Environmentalism doesn’t start and end at reusable bottles, and you don’t need to do everything to do your part!
For more info about the plastic problem and why recycling isn't an end-all-be-all solution see this link. (Note: it mentions an ableist example of why single use plastic is bad, so just a reminder that wrapped/encased cut-up produce is necessary for people who are unable to cut produce themselves)
Plastic bottles, like all single use plastic, is an issue that we are still learning to deal with. There are many options out there to reduce your plastic bottle usage, but remember that not everyone can participate! Find what works for you, and do what you can!
If you have any other options to reduce your plastic bottle usage, reply or reblog with your ideas!
Visible mending is a decorative way to fix up an item. Instead of trying to make your mend as invisible as possible, the idea is to make it part of the garment's design.
Visual mending is not a single technique: it's more of a mindset. If you've got an item you love, it deserves to be mended, and if you're going to put that love into stitches, why not show them off?
That being said, there are some specific techniques that are popular with visible menders. Let's take a look!
Sashiko is a type of traditional Japanese embroidery that is used to both decorate and reinforce fabric. In visible mending, sashiko is often used to cover up holes with patches or to reinforce thinning fabric. This technique uses a variation on the running stitch.
(Image source) [ID: sashiko stitch diagram: the distance between each stitch is 1/2 stitch in length.]
Some resources on sashiko:
SashiCo on YouTube: sashiko livestreams and information on the cultural aspect of sashiko.
Written tutorial by Upcycle Stitches.
Free sashiko templates by TheSpruceCrafts.
Fixing jeans with sashiko by Soluna Collective.
(Image source) [ID: three examples of sashiko embroidery on jeans fabric.]
(Image source) [ID: sashiko embroidery with white thread on blue jeans fabric.]
Regular embroidery is also a popular technique to accentuate your mends. Check out my embroidery 101 post to learn how to get started. You can embroider patches, or use embroidery to hide or accentuate any stitches you've made to fix holes. Embroidery's also a great way to cover up stains.
(Image source) [ID: colourful embroidery floss covers a worn sleeve edge of a jeans jacket]
(Image source) [ID: colourful flower embroidery surrounds a hole in a pair of dark gray jeans. Fabric with a red and black flower print peaks out of the hole.]
There are many ways to add patches to a garment. My tutorial on patches is a good place to start if you want to make custom-shaped patches to sew on top of your fabric. You can also sew your patch on the inside of your garment and have it peek out from beneath the hole you're trying to fix. Fun ideas for this are lace or superheroes.
(Image source) [ID: Spiderman peaking out of a rip in a pair of blue jeans.]
(Source) [ID: a red flannel heart-shaped elbow patch on a gray knitted sweater.]
Darning is a technique used to repair holes in fabric by using running stitches to weave extra fabric over the hole as to fill it up again. While traditionally darning is done in an invisible way by using the same colour of thread as your fabric, you can also use contrasting colours to accentuate your fix. Check out this written tutorial on darning by TheSpruceCrafts.
(Image source) [ID: vintage instructions on how to darn a hole.]
(Image source) [ID: four examples of darning on blue fabric with colourful contrasting thread.]
Visible mending is a creative way to fix up your clothes and give them some personality at the same time.
You should be proud of the fact that you took the time and learned the necessary skills needed to mend your clothes! Show off what you did!
A fun side effect of wearing these obvious mends is that people will notice them. They'll remember your fixes the next time they're faced with a hole in their wardrobe, and it will make them more likely to try it for themselves.
These are just a few ways to visibly mend your garments. Want more inspiration? Check out Pinterest or r/Visiblemending on Reddit.
okay so 11:30 pm I have to go get the recycling out for pick up tomorrow, because if comes at 6 in the morning and no one is awake at that time in my family, and my brother didn’t feel like taking it out. So I’m stuck putting the recycling on the recycling container and hightailing it from my back garage door to my drive way (about 150 steps) and this is at night okay? And I live in the country part of manitoba okay? And my street is horribly light, and my iPod 5 flashlight sucks. So who knows what animals, and creepers might try and take me while I’m doing this. And when I finally get back in the garage lock the back exits to it, and then walking into my house, (keep in mind My adrenaline is still pumping from literally sprinting the entire time) my a hole of a brother decides to put his hood up and hide by the front closet, so when i go up the stairs he appears i get scared. Also fun fact about me, when I get scared I don’t scream I jump, like no noise leaves my mouth, I just lunch my self like three feet into the air. Anyways need less to say I kicked him in the balls for that. THE END
Spray painted my water bottle with the bi flag colors bc the 11th doctor design it came with when I bought it in 2012 for the 50th anniversary of doctor who had all but scraped off and it was low key embarassing pulling it out in public but I gotta stay hidrated ya know?
& I've had this perfectly functional water bottle for so long I'm sure I have somehow accidentally created a horcrox from it & a part of my soul lives in it.
Anyway it's functional & had no need to replace it, just needed a little paint; it's a pretty rough job but it's not awful & I kind of like the messy look anyway :3
Matt the Ugly Sweater Cat #2 - Environmentalism is pretty neat.
I’ve seen people on here talk about how there’s nothing we can do about climate change and that we’re all screwed but listen. Screw that nihilistic bs. There are ways we can help the environment, we just gotta actually, y’know, do stuff about it.