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Your Top Make Do and Mend Tips

I asked for Your Top Make Do and Mend Tips a little while ago, and you very generously came up trumps (yet again!)

Share your tips
As suspected, I was too last minute to get organised with business cards, but I am love the idea of collating all your fave tips and having them printed onto business cards or postcards to give out.
On the new site, I want to have a page dedicated to them, so that people can just drop by and leave their tips anytime, but for now, here’s the collation of all of them as it stands:

  • Any letters/ junk mail that has a “clean” side (ie nothing printed on it) tear neatly into smaller squares to keep in a box near the phone for noting down messages
    Linda A
  • 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!
    Hilary from Lincs
  • Have swishing events for you and your partners clothes, childrens clothes, childs equipment, garden stuff, household stuff
  • Use cardboard toilet roll inners to sow seedlings. Plant straight into the ground when ready. Voila – biodegradable pots for free!
  • 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!
    Trixie @lovinglymadeltd
  • Menu plan and shop with a list, grocery shopping online is a great way to avoid impulse buying
  • The ribbon loops inside the shoulders of many new jumpers and T shirts make great ribbons for tying onto home made gift tags
    Linda A
  • Shop your cupboards-use up what you have and meal plan according to what is in your cupboards
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cut up old birthday/Christmas cards into gift tag sizes, punch a hole in the corner and thread through a ribbon loop
    Linda A
  • Empty prescription medicine bottles work great for holding beads and other small craft items like pins, rubber bands, jewellry findings, etc..
  • Blitz any stale bread or crusts into breadcrumbs and keep in the freezer to use for future meals / recipes
  • 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
    Mike P
  • Keep Christmas and birthday cards-cut bits out and re-use as card toppers on recycled card
  • Hang stems of herbs up to dry in the summer months – no plastic packaging and food for free!
  • Make as many gifts as possible through the year – hand made gifts are such a wonderful thing to receive 🙂
  • Keep your newspapers for a base for lighting your fire
    Trixie @lovinglymadeltd
  • Use a slow-cooker, and always make extra so there’s never any need for TV dinners
  • Use ecoballs for washing and save on detergent costs
  • Use laundry detergent balls for organising drawers – they’re perfect for drawing pins, paper clips, blue tack etc.
  • 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
  • Use up left over wine in Italian meals for extra flavour
    Lisa Harrison
  • Small bits of leftover wool are good for stuffing felt items
  • Save on gifts by using unwanted tins ,packets etc as a food lovers hamper
    Lisa Harrison
  • Store away your magazines for wrapping up gifts or using for decoupage
    Trixie @lovinglymadeltd
  • Use old make-up bags for dividing up your bag contents so you can find things easily
    Lisa Harrison
  • 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
    Linda A
  • Save packaging for craft play sessions
    Lisa Harrison
  • Turn old cards into tags for presents
    Lisa Harrison
  • Add a little water to extend the life of hand wash and sauces etc.
    Lisa Harrison
  • Washed out glass jars make great tea light holders
    Lisa Harrison
  • Freeze left over meat from Sunday joints, then pop all in a stew with lentils, veg + dumplings. No one will be any the wiser!
    Sue P

Feel free to add any more in the comments, and I’ll keep on compiling the list!

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  • Reply Helen November 12, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Putting past Christmas etc cards to use is something I would like to start doing… And I need to start making bread crumbs from stale bread. Do Eco balls work?

    • Reply Jen November 14, 2014 at 10:26 am

      I’m not sure Helen-we’ve never tried them. Lots of people swear by them though!

  • Reply sandyfaithking November 12, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    These are great!

    We’ve just started saving paper to make into (supposedly) carbon neutral ‘brickettes’ for the fire. I will blog about it once we’ve actually done it – the process apparently takes two or three weeks.

    I would like to find a solution to the problem of holey tights. I wear thick tights all the time through the winter and they inevitably get holes within weeks if not days. So frustrating.

  • Reply Sue November 12, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Freeze left over meat from Sunday joints, then pop all in a stew with lentils, veg + dumplings. No one will be any the wiser!

    • Reply Jen November 14, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Thanks Sue-will add it to the list!

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