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How to Hand Darn Socks

Despite all of the developments toward sustainability in the clothing industry, the world hasn’t really found an answer to the sock question. Most people buy cheap socks, wear them until a hole develops, and toss them in the trash with a one-way ticket to landfill.

Now, technically, socks are repairable – especially the high-quality socks we feature here at Heddels. In an ideal world, everyone would be mending the holes in their socks and wearing them for triple, maybe even ten times their normal lifespan. But unfortunately, we’re still in a place whereby if you took a pair of busted socks into a tailor for repair, an eyebrow or two would be well and truly raised. The good news is, you can save yourself money and awkwardness by learning to darn your socks.

In this how-to guide, we will be teaching you how to mend holes in your socks by hand darning. We’ll show you what you need and how to repair those pesky holes in your favorite socks. The guide uses a pair of higher-quality, Japanese-made socks by Anonymous Ism, but can be applied to most socks.

This guide is written by our very own Jack Van Leeuwen, who is a bit of a maestro when it comes to garment repair. He actually has his own business that specializes in the mending of vintage garments, which can be found on Instagram @luckylostrepairs.


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