Don’t throw it out! Sharing a list of 20+ creative ways to hide stains on clothes for both kids & adults, including many no-sew mending ideas.
Stains are the #1 reason I hear people give for throwing clothes out instead of keeping them or donating them, and of course you can’t resell them with stains. I’ve been meaning to make a list of ideas to cover them up for a while and finally got it all organized! Some of these include tutorials, some are just for inspiration, but I think anyone can do all of these simple mends and keep their clothes from filling up a landfill.
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All of these tutorials and inspiration photos are for leaving the clothes as-is and covering up or embellishing the stain. You can also consider completely refashioning the garment and cutting out the stain, or chopping it up and upcycling it for something else entirely:
Tie dye is the best! These pants were in great physical shape but looked awful, so I did bright colors before handing them down to someone else to wear out. This is my favorite tie dye kit but you can also try indigo for natural color.
I know I've already shared patching examples but wanted a visual of a more 'adult' patch idea (although I admit it is still bright colors, ha!). It doesn't always have to be knit animal fabric scraps to hide stuff.
I've only embroidered over holes but it works over stains too, look how cute this shirt is where she stitched over stains! Lisa generously let me share this photo of her after I saw it in the Modern Mending facebook group, click below to see her instagram, @living_thrifty!
I just love this darling little mend, I think they used it over a hole but the same concept would work easily over a stain! I saw Jen's post in the Modern Mending facebook group, click below to see their facebook, Crafting Fox.
Jennifer is a professional mender, how cool is that! I've never tried swiss darning - this would work on any knit garment with visible stitches like a sweater, scarf, or hat, isn't it darling? Find her on instagram @wildwood.mending.