How to patch your down jacket
Textile waste is a huge problem both internationally and within Australia. As a country us Aussies purchase an average of 27 kg of new clothing and dispose of an average of 23 kgs of clothing to landfill each year! According to PlanetArk, this makes us the second highest consumer of textiles in the world following the US. To flatten the curve its time to learn some new skills, to make do and mend.
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If you have access to a sewing machine, we recommend a straight stitch; if you are sewing by hand, we recommend a running backstitch. Once the patch is secure, remove all the pins and you’re all set.
Measure and cut the outer layer of Technical Fabric You can generally find ripstop fabric like Cordura at most fabric stores, and specialty retailers online should offer swatches of waterproof of fabrics like Gore-Tex. Measure out an area that covers the entire tape application. Note that the fabric should be larger than the initial tape by at least 25mm (1”) on all sides. Line up the patch where it should go, turn under each side of the patch about 9 1/2mm (3/8”) to strengthen the sewing area, and pin in place
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Top Tip: Mend your jacket as soon as possible to minimize the loss of down feathers
Not confident with your sewing skills?
This tutorial explains the step by step process of backstitching by hand! If you're nervous to start, we suggest having a quick practice on a scrap piece of fabric before mending your jacket.