As our busy lives tend to consume us, many of us never have time or make time for hobbies. But I know before becoming a professional Mom and employee there were things that I enjoyed and did. I liked sewing. Different stiches, mending and making things from pot holders to quilts. When making something you do not have to go to the local fabric store to get your material. Scraps of clothing and items, sheets, old blankets- if it is material most certainly it has a second use. Repairing and re-enforce pant knees and elbows will prolong the life of the garment. Many of us may recall Toughskins jeans, they were a success because kid wear through knees. You can reinforce prior to damaging the garment by simply adding a layer of leather, material or even use back pack material, which is tougher and will protect the wear points on your clothing. We've all seen the sweaters with leather on the elbows. It is now fashion but originally it was to protect the area. When quilt making gather scraps of material. Sew them together in any mish-mash way you chose. In TEOTWAWKI a quilt will be used for warmth or bartering not for a pretty decoration. You do not need to use batting or stuffing in your quilt, you can use a blanket. They say wool blankets are warm, then place one or two in the middle for the stuffing. I have used sheets as the backing for my quilts. It is easy, blankets and sheets are usually the same size or if the sheet is a bit longer it is easy to wrap it over and use as an edge/binding. Once the pieces are together you need to quilt it or tie the pieces together to keep them from moving. I always tie my quilts with flossing. In years past, women would have quilt tying parties. I have held one it was gathering of females friends and family. During TEOTWAWKI this is a great way to gather females together to not only help tie your quilt but exchange information, ideas and create a sense of community. Taking in sewing/mending is a good way to keep connected with the goings on if communications break down.