20 Ways to Mend and Repair Things That Are Broken

Got a broken thing? Dont pitch it. Fix it! Here are lots of ways to repair instead of replace.

OK, so before we get to all of the repair ideas, I need to get something off of my chest. I can’t hear the phrate “Fix it!” without thinking of the SNL sketch above.

While obviously not all repairs are really a simple three-step process, I do like his enthusiasm. Let’s fix it, y’all! And if you don’t see the repair you need to make listed below, drop a comment!

20 Ways to Mend and Repair Things That Are Broken

1. Repair a Separated Pocket – Does your favorite dress or hoodie have a pocket that’s pulling away at the corners? Here’s how to fix it quickly and simply.

2. Fix a Broken Roller Shade – Did your kids destroy your roller shade? Raid your fabric stash for a beautiful fix.

3. How to Repair an Umbrella – Did the blustery spring weather beat your umbrella into submission? Repair it!

4. Replace a Missing Puzzle Piece – Where do those missing puzzle pieces go? Julie shows you how to create a homemade piece to replace that missing one that’s driving you bananas.

5. Repair (and strengthen!) a Broken Bean Bag – Hacky sackers, rejoice! Here’s how to fix a broken bean bag and make it stronger than it was before.

6. Mend a Torn Table Cloth – Did your favorite table cloth get a tear? Fix it!

7. Spruce Up a Broken Mannequin – Got burlap and a hot glue gun? Fix that broken mannequin!

8. Repair a Broken Deck Chair – Replace the webbing on a broken vintage deck chair to make it arguably better than new.

9. Fix Your Bike in an Emergency – Cycling is fun, but sometimes you need to know how to repair your bike on the fly.

20 Ways to Mend and Repair Things That Are Broken

10. Fix a Broken Coffee Cup Handle – A broken handle doesn’t have to spell the end for your favorite mug. You only need one supply to fix this problem!

11. Mend a Hole in Your Pocket – Don’t replace a whole garment just because the pocket’s wearing out. Fix it!

12. 4 Techniques to Mend Clothes – With these simple techniques, you can tackle many damaged clothing problems.

13. Repair Broken Wood Furniture – This list has 30 ways to fix all manner of damaged furniture.

14. Fix a Broken Pinball Machine – Put one of those annoying plastic blister packs to good use.

15. Mend a Torn Ottoman – You could use this technique to repair other torn upholstery too.

16. Give an Old Backpack a New Life – Your kids don’t need a new backpack for back to school. Spruce up their old one instead!

17. Fix a Zipper – A broken zipper is annoying, but fixable!

18. Sharpen or Hone Your Knife – That old kitchen knife doesn’t need replacing. It just needs a little love.

19. Shoe Repair Tips – Before giving up on your kicked pair of kicks, try fixing them!

20. Repair the Heel on Athletic Shoes – This is a more specific shoe-repair tutorial, but this worn heel thing is a common problem with running shoes, so it seemed worth adding in.

Fixing instead of replacing is such a great way to flex your crafty muscles and reduce waste. What have you guys fixed lately? Tell us about your favorite repairs in the comments!

photos by Becky Striepe

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Fi T.
Fi T.4 months ago

Never waste what we've got

Rose Becke
Rose Becke4 months ago

Love this Post Thank you

Alan Lambert
Alan` Lambertabout a year ago

Sent to those who are interested and need to see it, thanks for posting

Judy Apelis
Judy Apelisabout a year ago

Noted, thank you!

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watolaabout a year ago

Thank you for posting.

Darla R.
Darla R.about a year ago

Thanks for the useful information!

Rose Beckeabout a year ago

A great post TY

june t.
june t.about a year ago

My Mom and Dad could fix anything, they are/were amazing! We rarely threw stuff out when I was growing up.

Alan Lambert
Alan` Lambertabout a year ago

Forwarded this to those it will help, thanks for sharing

Karen Martinez
Karen Martinezabout a year ago

Thanks for the article. Too many of us are too inclined to throw it out and just get another one. My grandparents never would have done that. I'm pretty good about repairing/repurposing things. Hopefully my kids will pick up on it and continue.