Your Top Make Do and Mend Tips Please!

I need your help!
As ever, I have left things until the last minute, but I’m hoping there might still be time….

I’ve been lucky enough to be given a ticket for the awesome Handmade Fair this Friday, (it’s on Friday, Saturday and Sunday-take a peek-looks AMAZING!), and it has suddenly occurred to me that it might be a good idea to take some business cards/flyers for the new website (it really is come very soon, honestly!).
So I’m frantically trying to design some, and see if I have them ready for Friday-possibly a long shot…!!

ANYWAY, what I want to do is have a different Top Make Do and Mend Hint/Tip or very quick How-to on the back of the cards/flyers, and this is where I need your help!
I’m looking for your favourite tips-just one or two sentences, for Making Do and Mending-it can be related to crafting, or household stuff, or food growing/preserving/cooking, or upcycling/recycling/re-loving etc etc. If you’re happy for me to acknowledge you as the ‘Tipper’ on the cards/flyers, let me know how you want to be acknowledged-eg Jen in Wiltshire, or @makeandmendyear etc.

Ooooh, this could be really cool! I feel a whole new page on the new website coming on….!


Go Go Go….!

39 thoughts on “Your Top Make Do and Mend Tips Please!

  1. Keep small scraps of fabric,they can be sewn together later to make random patchwork placemats/mug mats. The more random a selection the more interesting!

  2. sow cut and come again lettuce and keep on the windowsill if no outdoor space, half a dozen plants will keep a family going all summer

  3. Save your “empty” mustard and ketchup bottles when you can’t get the last little bit out. The next time you make spaghetti sauce, add a little water to the bottle, shake it up, and add it to the sauce.

  4. Empty prescription medicine bottles work great for holding beads and other small craft items like pins, rubber bands, jewelry findings, etc..

  5. If you have a woodburner, augment the fuel with tightly rolled newspaper/junk mail held in a Toilet roll inner – they burn for a long time

  6. I like to keep Christmas and birthday cards. I cut bits out and re-use as card toppers on recycled card. Then instead of buying cards, we make a donation to a charity. Also, my sister-in-law and I have an agreement where we make gifts for one another’s families at Christmas and give a donation to charity in lieu of money we would otherwise have spent. Nowadays I make as many gifts as possible through the year – hand made gifts are such a wonderful thing to receive 🙂

    Food-wise I use my slow-cooker at least twice a week, and always make extra so there’s never any need for TV dinners. I also make my own yoghurt and bread, and both the yoghurt maker and breadmaker have probably already paid for themselves in terms of savings. My son has a hot dinner which he takes to school in a thermos food flask. This means he can eat what he likes to eat, I know what he’s eating and I know he will eat it as he’s a very fussy eater (he has autism).

    Also, I now use ecoballs for my washing and I think they’re brilliant. Wish I’d found them sooner. I’ll stop there or this will turn into a blog post of its own!

  7. Cut the corner off of a tired dish sponge and you have yourself a counter sponge! Cut a second corner, it becomes a floor sponge. Cut a third corner, it becomes a bathroom sponge.

  8. Use up left over wine in Italian meals for extra flavour .
    Save on gifts by using unwanted tins ,packets etc as a food lovers hamper.
    Use old make-up bags for dividing up your bag contents so you can find things easily .
    Save packaging for craft play sessions .
    Turn old cards into tags for presents.
    Add a little water to extend the life of hand wash and sauces etc.
    Washed out glass jars make great tea light holders .
    Tips by Lisa Harrison .

  9. The ribbon loops inside the shoulders of many new jumpers and T shirts make great ribbons for tying onto home made gift tags. Cut up old birthday/Christmas cards into gift tag sizes, punch a hole in the corner and thread through the ribbon loop.
    Also, pretty greetings card fronts make lovely Thank you cards. Just cut off the front of the card and use like a postcard. Unique and don’t cost you a bean!

  10. You’ve already got heaps of lovely ideas, but if you want any more:

    Use cardboard toilet roll inners to sow seedlings. Plant straight into the ground when ready. Voila – biodegradable pots for free!

    Hang stems of herbs up to dry in the summer months – no plastic packaging and food for free!

    Use laundry detergent balls for organising drawers – they’re perfect for drawing pins, paper clips, blue tack etc.

    Feel free to credit @myzerowaste if you want to use them…

  11. Never throw any of your glass jars away – they can be used and reused again and again … Storage, jams, buttons, paint, seashells, flowers, candles, paper clips, hyacinth bulbs, herbs, terrariums, homemade deserts, wedding flowers, gifts, sweeties -absolutely anything!

    Keep your newspapers for a base for lighting your fire.

    Store away your magazines for wrapping up gifts or using for decoupage.

    Hope these might help!?
    If you use any? Then Trixie –
    @ lovinglymadeltd
    Is great

    Good luck.
    Best wishes
    Trixie x

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