03/23/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

4 Videos Show You How To Make Clothes Last Longer (VIDEO)

We've been finding ways to make your belongings last longer to reduce waste and weather the economic storm, and here's the latest -- grab a needle and fix your clothes because there may not be reason to throw out or give away what you've got just yet:

Now that I'm supposedly all grown up, I admit to feeling a little envious of friends who are handy with a needle. However, since every skilled dressmaker I know started out making dolls' clothes when they were children, I don't think I'm ever going to catch up. I'm also not prepared to wear years of second-rate clothes while I learn my craft, when there are so many gorgeous ready-made fashions.

Instead, I am making a conscious effort to learn how to maintain and mend my clothes. In the old days I would either take my clothes to a shop - a costly habit - or they would sit in a basket gathering dust. In the mean time, I would forget them and buy more clothes. So I'm planning to give a new lease of life to my wardrobe just by mending my existing clothes. Why don't you join me?

Watch the rest of the videos here.