The Mendy Project, An Intentional Challenge for 2020

Teal green box with pink and black text that reads The Mendy Project #TheMendyProject

The Mendy Project came up when I was writing about my intentions for 2020. In a year full of sewing challenges do we need another one?

Sure, why not!

*Housekeeping: please note that I received this pattern for free as a member of the Sew My Style 2020 team. All opinions are my own.*

What is The Mendy Project?

The Mendy Project was influenced by the desire to stop replacing “stuff” that only needs a simple fix to be usable again. I took inspiration from Katrina Rodabaugh’s Mending Matters and put it into action with my own clothes.

So this is just a simple self-guided and intentional challenge to get older garments back into wearable shape. Maybe you’ve missed something in your closet, or a beloved pair of jeans need a patch to cover an unsightly hole. Whatever “wearable” means to you works!

But it doesn’t have to stop with just garments. Are some old towels that are perfectly fine but started fraying around the edges? Or could your placemats could use something to freshen them up? Maybe a throw pillow’s seam has come apart? All of these can be mended!

This isn’t an upcycling challenge, per se. It’s more about continued use. It’s for things that are still usable just need a little repair!

Is There a Hashtag?

Of course there’s a hashtag!

Use #TheMendyProject if you want to show of your repairs!

There aren’t sponsored prizes or anything of that sort. I’m doing this for myself for this year and maybe beyond, and invite you to join in! That’s why there’s no 2020 in the hashtag. It should be around forever! #hashtagsareforever

Tag me if you do decide to do some mending this year. I’d love to see what you’re up to! I’m always so inspired by other people’s creativity. It’s magical.

My Personal Mendy Project

The Mendy Project started for me as my attempt to whittle down a giant pile of clothes that need some type of fixing before I can wear them again.

And then my husband gave it a punny name.

I actually HATE mending. That’s why I’m making this public: so I have some accountability in making it happen. I don’t want to have to move that giant laundry bag of jeans ever again!!

My personal goal with this little sewing challenge is to get through at least 1 mending project per month. Like I mentioned before, that huge 20-pound bag has something like 12 pairs of jeans in it. Are they all salvageable? I hope so!

I have to at least try.

It’s not just jeans though. I also have a few shirts. And since it’s already the end of January I had to get one fixed quick!

Dark green t-shirt on a light beige carpet showing first fix from the Mendy project, the hem

Originally this hacked Sinclair Sienna was finished with a double-needle for that fake coverstitch look. But it came undone and I left it sitting in this pile since LAST MAY!!

The hem is still a little wonky. But I don’t care. The material is really thin bamboo or rayon and it could’ve used a longer stitch length (and a walking foot!). I didn’t think of this until I was about 4″ from the very end. Oops!

But it’s no longer coming apart. So it gets to go back into the closet!

Yay! I have a new old shirt!

The rest of my mending and repairing will be a lot of those damn jeans. I have the type of thighs that destroy the inner thighs of jeans. You might call it chub rub. I call it a chance to test my darning skills!

I’m trying to be excited about it, in case you couldn’t tell.

What will you mend this year? Share here in the comments or on Instagram using #themendyproject! I’d love to see what you (re)create!

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