The Art of Repair: Meet the patchworkers who fix their broken items instead of throwing them away

When something breaks in the house, our first instinct is often to throw it out and buy a new one. After seeing the mountains of trash piling up in landfills, Sarah Jane Cullinane decided to take a hands-on approach to extending the life of her household items.

It’s kind of breaking a lifelong habit of, ‘this is a bit worn, I’ll toss it in the recycling bin or in the bin and we’ll just buy a new pair,'” says Sarah Jane, a member of the Sustainable Skerries Initiative, which along with committee member Ann Mulligan learned to sew. “Like most people my age, I don’t have those skills. We didn’t learn them in school. I’m basically starting from scratch. But Ann has kindly offered anyone in the group who wants to learn to come to her house and she will teach them various skills. She taught me how to pick up the hem of a dress – that was really helpful and I hope to build on that.”

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