Hand In My Pocket

‘Cause I’ve got one hand in my pocket…

Today’s Mend and Make Do is brought to you fuelled by sherry, copious food, and red wine. That’s right folks, I’m having a night at the old folks home (commonly called My Parents House).

I have had a coat, bought from a charity shop for a fiver, for several years now. A few winters ago it developed a hole in the pocket, which I’ve since been meaning to mend. Then it ends up getting left all through the summer, until I go to wear it as the temperature drops, only to remember anew that it is semi-spiritual*.

Today, therefore was the day. This is a quickie for you then (steady!). The hole:


A spiritual lining*

All that was needed was to turn the seam until only clear (un-pulled) lining showed, and then a set of small neat over-stitches made to pull the lining and the coat material together.

The tools necessary for this job; few but vital:


Every good project involves a glass of wine?

I began by turning the lining and the coat material in on itself so that the frayed edges were cleanly tucked under, and my stitches would capture only ‘good’ un-frayed material.

Then it was simply a case of whacking in a bunch of overcast or whip stitches to catch the lining back on to the coat all the way along:


A small neat over-stitch does the trick

Once I reached the end of the hole, I worked back on myself with a second set of stitching exactly the same, simply to reinforce:


Stitching back along where I’ve been as reinforcement

After that it was a simple case of making a securing stitch or two, running the thread back into the thick seam of the coat for several centimeters, and then cutting the thread, so the end is lost in the fabric:


Run the thread back to the lining to ‘lose’ it

Sorted. And it didn’t even take a full glass of wine.



About Hannah Wiggins

An ICT specialist, musician, landscape archaeologist, linguist and crochet enthusiast with over 40 years' life experience packed with constant adventure and learning. Articulate, dedicated and passionate in everything I do.
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One Response to Hand In My Pocket

  1. Pingback: No more cold feet | SinginHinn

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