Make Do & Mend

2019 marks the 80th anniversary of the start of the 2nd World War which, as it wore on created shortages of food and resources. So, in 1941 the Government launched a scheme called Make Do & Mend scheme which was designed to encurage the public to manage with and repair their possessions rather than buying replacements.

Similarly today there is a drive to recycle and upcycle in an effort to move away from the throw away society that has evolved over the years. Recycling and upcycling is also better for the environment and helps those who are managing on a tight budget as a result as financial crises in the UK

We have taken the Make Do & Mend theme to create a project for the group over 2019. Members are invited to participate in a Make Do & Mend project which will focus on creating pieces of work from recycled materials or materials that are often discarded e.g. fabric scraps, ribbons, wools etc.

The theme has been chosen because it fits well with the group’s ethos of sewing, knitting, crocheting and recycling – all the sorts of creative activities that the group enjoys.

The list below provides some examples of items that have previously been created by members and hopefully will provide some inspiration!

• Quilts made from old shirts/ties or fabric scraps
• Fabric collage/landscapes.
• Denim bags/quilts made from jeans
• Apron from curtains
• Teddy bear made from a vintage linen table cloth
• Cushion made with tray cloth
• Rag rugs
• Crazy patchwork needle case
• Fabric postcards

Also, similar to our previous WW1 challenge some of you may choose to base your work around family photographs or experiences related to the 2nd World War.

Inspiration can also be drawn from Google images and Pinterest. For example, there are many wartime posters and postcards that could be replicated in fabric or form the baseline for a piece of work – the possibilities are endless and we are confident that a number of you will be inspired to join in.

And…. we welcome ideas from members for any activities similar to the fabric windmills and postcards that can be done as a group

The project will start in January 2019 and participants will be required to submit their completed work by the end of the year with a view to staging an exhibition in 2020.

We look forward to seeing some innovative pieces of work in the coming months!

If you have any queries please email