Anyway, so we have a problem with tearing sheets, or should I say my husband does. He has the feet of a grizzly bear. He has torn every fitted sheet we've had in the time we've been married, cheap or expensive they all rip where his feet go. So when I was folding the sheets and noticed a hole where his feet go, I was sad but not surprised. I really wish I had taken a before picture. It was about 1.5" across and frayed threads were sticking straight up no matter which way you smoothed them. So I decided to fix them.
First, I cut a scrap piece of fusible interfacing and ironed it on behind the hole. Then I went to the sewing machine. I switched to my handy darning/embroidery foot, lowered the feed dogs and started stitching - free motion style! This is really fun if you've never tried it before. You machine give no tension to the fabric with the feed dogs down, so you control your tension and direction with your hands as you sew. I started by going in a vertical-ish motion, zig-zagging up and down until all the frayed area was caught in the threads. Then I started moving the fabric horizontally to basically lock down the other stitches. I stitched and stitched until the hole was completely covered and secured. This is what it looked like after:
So that's my little sheet repair :) It took me about 15 minutes total and now I know I don't have to worry about these sheets eventually ripping completely across like all the others. That's it for this Mending Monday, but I already have the next few weeks posts lined up so check back next week!