Make Do & Mend

Make Do and Mend

Sometimes we are quick to simply get rid of our clothes when we see signs of wear and tear. However, repairing clothes is much easier than you may think and is also a great way to save some money. Why not try some of these tips on how to make do and mend. If you don’t feel confident to alter a garment yourself, or if it looks complicated, there are lots of local professional alteration services available.

How to repair a fallen hem

A fallen hem can look untidy and drag on the floor if on a pair of trousers. But what if you don't have a sewing machine or needle and thread to hand? Well, you can fix this quickly with hemming tape and an iron. Click here to watch how to fix a hem with hemming tape. If you have a sewing machine to hand, check out this site on how to machine stitch a hem.

How to sew on a button by hand

When it comes to the basics of sewing, learning how to sew on a button is at the top of the list. It's really simple and fast to do. You will need a needle and thread (preferably the same colour as the existing thread) and a pair of scissors. Lost the existing button? Don't worry, many of our garments come with a spare button, look out for this on the wash care label. Click here to watch how to sew on a button.

How to repair a hole in your garment

We understand that school uniform can get bashed around a little and sometimes used for goalposts. When this happens a hole can appear in your garment. If the hole is less than 5mm, there is a really simple way to fix it, click here to watch the video.


Instead of throwing away your old school uniform, why not hand it on to someone else? Charity shops also accept good-quality second-hand clothing, whether directly at the shop or through clothing collection banks. Or ask if your schoolwear retailer have a second school uniform shop and donate to them. Check out Love Your Clothes for more ideas.

Buy Sustainably

Buying good quality, sustainable products means that they will last you longer, and save you money. Our Eco-uniform is made using recycled plastic bottles that would otherwise end up in landfill. They are also tried and tested by parents to make sure they withstand the test of the school playground. So the next time you consider throwing away an item of clothing, why not try some of these make do and mend tips.