As a self-confessed terrible sewer, I was determined to pick up any useful skill I could that would make mending my clothes easier.
So, what are the basics you need to begin mending? The basic equipment you need is some darning thread, scissors, a long needle, and a pen that rubs off with water.
It's useful to get yourself a darning mushroom or just cover a jam jar lid with masking tape. You can put these under the area you're darning to create a smooth, stable surface. Don't knot your thread, instead secure the thread by going over it twice. Use a bit of cereal cardboard to put down the sleeve of a sweater to create a flat darning surface.
Ros from Repair What You Wear has so many amazing tutorials on her website for beginners. I particularly love this "How to mend a tear in jeans" video to keep your jeans kicking for as long as possible:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w82UNSIYW_c&t=4s
Or, if you fancy learning how to make your clothes look pretty, there are plenty of embroidery tips on there, too. Just like this lovely little blanket stitch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhuLGfniPy8
Go and check out Repair What You Wear and learn how to make your clothes last longer. Let's make repairing the norm, instead of buying new when something gets a tiny bit holey.