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#MakeDoandMendHour

April 26, 2014

Those of you on Twitter will be aware that there seems to be a Twitter hour for pretty much everything now-handmadehour, wiltshire (or insert other county) hour, etc etc.
BUT by some glaring admission, no MakeDoandMendHour!!
I decided that something needed to be done about this.
So now, every Thursday from 8-9pm, sees me glued to the computer tweeting and re-tweeting all things Make Do and Mend 🙂
The first one was Thursday just gone,and it was awesome!
Here’s a little summary

To kick off the hour I posed the question “What does Make and Mend mean to you”, and here are some of the replies:

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and also:

  •  @fireflyphil It means not just replacing worn or broken things by default. It doesn’t have to mean second best! And it can be fun
  • @Maker_of_Things Make do and mend is a way of life for me. If I can manage without then I do, if not I will try to make it before buying it
  • @trudlenoodle For me its about appreciating the resources available and not jumping to buying new ones

We then moved on to a bit more general Make Do and Mend chit-chat. Here are some brilliant Make Do and Mend nuggets!

  • @bluebirdanielle tweeted how she turns old dresses into skirts, and turns her old jumpers into leggings for her toddler 🙂
    This is just FABULOUS and needed follow up, so I asked if she had a tutorial. And here it is!

    From the fabulous blog Life in the Thrift Lane

    From the fabulous blog Life in the Thrift Lane

  • There was much talk of patching. This pair of jeans won the prize for most mended item of the night!
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  • Rubbish Queen Karen Cannard confessed to honing her embroidery skills repairing her lacy smalls 😉
  • To which @trudlenoodle replied that she and neighbour had turned their knickers into bunting for their Big Lunch! Now that really is dedication to Make Do and Mend
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  • @nikkiw76 showcased this gorgeous toddler dress made from a grown up’s maxi dress. I just love the fabric!
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  • And there was the brilliant upcycle of babygros into a memory ball from @madebycharliex
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  • @therubbishdiet showed us how to make planters out of tin cans and old nail polish
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  • Gem of the night had to go to @nikkiw76 who found a copy of a book from her Great Granny called “Aunt Kate’s Day by Day Book-a thought, a recipe, a household hint for every day of the year”
    And she tweeted some of the tips
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    She has a blog post with some more of these priceless tips right here
  • Oh, and we decided that Make Do and Mend should be a compulsory part of the National Curriculum. Just in case Michael Give was tuning in….

All of this and a whole lot more!
Check out the stats from Tweet Reach
Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 21.17.32Not bad for the first outing!

Thankyou everyone who joined in, who tweeted and re-tweeted. It was a blast, and together we will get the whole world Making Do and Mending *evil cackles*
Hopefully see you all next Thursday (8-9pm) for the next awesome #makedoandmendhour 🙂


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  • Reply janet April 30, 2014 at 9:41 am

    I love your make do and mend tips, but my stomach churned at the fire lighting tip.
    A young boy who we have known from a child, decided to light the fire at his home using a fluid which turned out to be petrol, and was engulfed in flames that burnt his leg right up to his upper thigh. My granny used paraffin to cook with and this was normal for her. Children are not aware of the difference between petrol or paraffin. The safety and dangers of using these fluids.

    • Reply Jen May 1, 2014 at 8:42 am

      Oh crikey Janet, that sounds awful. You are right, fire and fire lighting should always be treated with care. Thanks for flagging this up.

  • Reply sara cowan April 26, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    It is great to read that there are so many people Make Do and Mending. Having watched the Great British Sewing Bee I realised what a privilege it was that my mother taught me to sew as well as the winner, buying wonderful fabrics from Slopers in Devizes in the 60s. We must ensure that the little ones today are also taught these skills – they may need them even more than we did growing up after the War – you never know…… Sara Cowan Copy to Mr Gove and Claire Perry

    Date: Sat, 26 Apr 2014 06:01:53 +0000 To: cowan_sara@hotmail.com

    • Reply Jen April 27, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Gosh, you lucky thing having such a talented mum! Completely agree that our kids will need to learn to be more resourceful than we ever were, as they cope with a changing climate and dwindling resources.

  • Reply Linda Ashworth April 26, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Hi, I have now managed to access this blog. Great ideas.

    • Reply Jen April 27, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Great!

  • Reply Linda Ashworth April 26, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I’m not on Twitter but enjoyed reading your review of your evening. Like the definitions, would say that’s the way I think too. Thought Life in the Thrify Lane’s 2 re-making ideas sounded great but was unable to access her blog site and the tutorials. Any ideas please?

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