Repair your worn out clothes with embroidery

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold or silver lacquer. You can also apply this technique to your worn out clothes with embroidery.

Got a hole in your favorite pants, a stain on a beloved top or did the moths get their teeth into that soft sweater? Bring that damaged item back to colorful life with a touch of creative embroidery.

There are plenty of ideas and tips to be found on Pinterest and online, such as on (search ‘mend and repair with embroidery’). Or go for gold with an iron-on patch by Humade.

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