Everything I've ever wanted to do.
DIY Magnetic Paper Clip or Pin Plate Tutorial from The Mother Huddle here. Beyond easy DIY and you can personalize this by the dish you pick out and there are so many of these at thrift stores. These magnets are so cheap at Michaels and sold in big groups.
DIY Mending Holes in Jeans from Adventures in Dressmaking here. She also links a tutorial for mending holes in other places in jeans/pants. I get more questions about mending and patches on this blog than almost anything else and for more tutorials go here: truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/tagged/patches