Here is a favorite quote from this beautiful book by Elizabeth Berg. Read it if you get the chance...the book, not the quote...but, while you're here you may as well read the quote, too. It's not that long. Here it is:
As for mending, I think it's good to take the time to fix something rather than throw it away. It's an antidote to wastefulness and to the need for immediate gratification. You get to see a whole process through, beginning to end, nothing abstract about it. You'll always notice the fabric scar, of course, but there's an art to mending: If you're careful, the repair can actually add to the beauty of the thing, because it is testimony to its worth.
There. Isn't that beautiful?