March 11

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A ‘hack’ to avoid downcycling!

Dressmakers block your ears and eyes! Tonight I was feeling really disappointed that the elastic in a pair of my favourite old flannelette pyjama pants had totally given up the ghost. I was contemplating cutting them up to use in other ways, but every option definitely felt like downcycling a much-loved item of clothing.

I am not a sew-er, and I also didn’t want to have to purchase anything to repair a very old pair of pyjama pants, but I suddenly spotted a shoelace I’d saved from one of my son’s old runners and decided to see if I could use it to help me hitch them up!

I cut a few of the stitches and opened up a tiny hole, and then used the plastic tip of the shoelace to help thread it through the top of the pyjamas where the elastic had ceased functioning. It took a mere 20 minutes and I’m now enjoying wearing them to bed again at last.

The shoelace, and my pyjamas, have been given a new lease of life!

A small action, but now I don’t need to buy another pair of pyjamas and I’m feeling quite chuffed.

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