Make Do and Mend-able

I have very exciting news for you all about a shiny new Make Do and Mend project 🙂

Make Do and Mend

I am launching a new site in the next couple of months-called Make Do and Mend-able 
The aim is for this to be the “Go-to” site for all things Make Do and Mend, in a quest to spread the word and make Make Do and Mend the norm 🙂

The blog will continue, on the new site, but will be joined by:

  • A Directory of Make Do and Mend classes and workshops-furniture and clothes upcycling, patching and darning, fixing, Repair Cafes-anything Making Do and Mending!
  • A Forum-for posting your top Make Do and Mend tips, and asking for advice on any upcycling or mending projects you have on the go. I will be asking you all for input on what topics you want included in the forum-it could have sections on zero waste, waste not want not type recipes, allotment-eering, homemade cleaning ideas and tips etc etc
  • Tutorials and Free Projects, and guest posts
  • Interviews with the Great and the Good of Make Do and Mend
  • Reviews of relevant books and products

It is very much going to be a work in progress, but the above will be a starting point. As it grows, and if there seems to be a demand, I would love to add things like Reclamation Yards, Charity Shops, Swap Sites, Dress Agencies, Flea markets etc etc to the Directory.
Another possibility would be a kind of E-bay for secondhand or unwanted crafting and mending materials-fabric, wool, sewing notions, machines, knitting bits…
So it really could be a one-stop shop for people wanting to live a ‘Pre-loved life’!

Now then, lovely people, this is where I need your help!

I would love to hear:

  • Your feedback! Any ideas for things to include, features you would like to see
  • Recommendations for classes and workshops that might want to be included in the Directory
  • Any suggestions for books or products to review-if you want to write a review to submit for inclusion, that would be wonderful!
  • If you have any awesome tutorials, on anything Make Do and Mend, that you think should be bought to the nation’s attention
  • What you want to see in the Forum
  • Who you would love to see interviews with-your Make Do and Mend heroes 🙂

You can leave a comment below, or try out my shiny new e-mail address:

If you are running Upcycling (furniture, clothes, jewellery, homewares etc etc), Upholstery, Furniture Painting, Clothing re-fashioning, Patching and Darning, etc etc workshops and classes and you want to find out more about being included in the directory, please do say hello!

Lastly, please do share this post with anyone you think might be interested-it’s really exciting and I would love as many people as possible to be a part of it!




45 thoughts on “Make Do and Mend-able

  1. We have a fantastic dress agency in BAWTRY South Yorkshire called Cherish, they stock women’s clothes, Jewellry, hats, shoes and bags etc and have just recently started with children’s clothes too, it’s fab, not bought any new’ clothes since it opened just over a year ago. Ladies in the shop are lovely and the stock is constantly changing

  2. Much,much needed – especially the links to workshops and classes. It is so frustrating to read about these on blogs AFTER the event. Also a collection of tutorials will be much used here.

  3. I think this is a great idea and would love to get involved! There is a great charity in Aberdeen which runs classes on sewing and upholstery but it also has a secondhand shop for baby things, prams etc to encourage people to reuse. Good luck!

  4. sounds really good. A regular ‘linky party’ where we could share ideas [perhaps on themes – eg upcycling clothes, renovating furniture etc’ might be fun.

  5. That’d be great Jen we’ve lost so many skills that used to be passed on from Gran’s, Mum’s, Aunty’s etc now we need to turn the clock back but sadly there’s not many of them around to ask :o(

  6. Look forward to it. Am returning to sewing and would appreciate comments on how best to utilise the multi-size patterns with growing grandchildren, in the best, quickest and most cost effective way possible.

    Sara Cowan

    Date: Fri, 9 May 2014 06:01:47 +0000 To:

    • Hi Sara
      It’s useful to know what people are looking out for, so thankyou! And good luck with the sewing projects 🙂

  7. It sounds like a fab idea to have all the resources, links and tutorials gathered in one central place. I’m a great one for reading stuff on blogs or online somewhere and then a day later can’t remember where it was – to have all the make do and mend stuff gathered in one place would be fab. I’m making much more of an effort to breathe new life into old clothes – the mending/altering pile is growing by the day LOL!! But I did get off my butt and dye four pairs of jeans the other day, the look fab but I am just worried about getting blue knees and underwear now LOL!! Keep up the good work with all the inspiration!

    • Would love some guest posts and tutorials Joelle, and of course you can be in the directory! I will be in touch in the next few weeks 🙂

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