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First published: 11 February 2020
Second edition: 23 February 2021
RRP: $35
ISBN: 9781925972290
Hardback, 192 pages
228 x 175 mm

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Modern Mending

by Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald

Second Edition: Now with even more clever mending hacks!

Bring new life to your old clothes and fabrics with this fun, easy-to-follow guide to modern mending.

Australia sends millions of tonnes of clothing to landfill each year and our clothing consumption is among the highest in the world. But mending is trending and it’s never been easier to repair and reinvent your favourite clothes.

Inspired by the global slow fashion movement, Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald has created a comprehensive guide to mending your own clothes that combines creativity and sustainability. She demystifies mending and shares step-by-step instructions for a range of techniques, including stitching, darning, patching, needle felting and machine darning.

So next time you tear your favourite jeans or find a hole in your jumper, think twice before throwing it away. With Modern Mending, you’ll gain the skills and confidence needed to rebel against fast fashion and save the planet.

Praise for Modern Mending

‘A fun, practical guide for anyone wanting to reduce fashion waste.’ Erin Rhoads, author of Waste Not

‘One of the loveliest aspects of the book is that is shows not only the basics of mending … but also how to be creative and decorative with the process. In the examples photographed for the book, the mended item is usually even better, and certainly more unique, than it was before.’ The Australian

Modern Mending breaks down a big bunch of crafty techniques … so you can finally fix up that hole in your jumper.’ Frankie

‘Full of practical advice … laid out in a colourful and simple format.’ Better Homes and Gardens

About the Author

Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald is Australia’s leading clothes-mending practitioner. Her mending has been displayed in art exhibitions in Melbourne and Adelaide and she teaches workshops across Australia. Erin began her career in journalism at 15 and over two decades worked as an editor, sub-editor, writer, and photographer. After lea

ving journalism she founded Bright Sparks, a social enterprise that repaired and reused electrical appliances to keep them out of landfill. When she’s not trying to save the planet (stylishly), you can find her making tiny dioramas for her magic letterbox or cooking up a storm for her cookbook club, the Ottolenghi Appreciation Society. Her retirement dream is to run a deluxe toy hospital for stuffed toys. You can find her online at and