July is Make & Mend Month!

Make & Mend is extended through August!!

Happy July everyone!
Turns out this month is going to be a scary tight one money wise for me. More so than oh...all year. Ha! It got me thinking, in a sad attempt by me to do anything awesome, perhaps its a good time to start a sew-along.

The theme is Make & Mend. The guidelines are as follows:

*Use fabric you already have for any new project.
*Alter a current pattern for a new garment.
*Repair/Mend 3 things from your ‘fix’ pile.
*Repurpose at least one piece of fabric.
*Make something for someone else.

That's it! Simple enough, right? I invite everyone to join me! Get creative, invite all your sewing friends and spread the word! I'd love to see blogs a fire with awesome stuff! I've also created a flickr group so you can post pictures of works in progress and the like. If you are interested in participating, reply to this post and/or place the banner on your blog. Let's inspire each other!


Go team!

From my Make and Mend Booklet:

28 comments:

  1. Hmmm great idea. Shall dust off my to-do list and haul out the stash. I also have a big fix-it pile! Lets see how much I can get done.

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  2. Sounds like a great idea. I'm in!

    May I use your pic from your Make and Mend book?

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  3. I'll give it a try. We are buying a new home this month and $$$ will be very tight for us as well...I have lots of stash and it should be no problem, if I can find the time, to put something together for this.

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  4. Oh dang. I was hoping someone else was going to get to my pile of mending! My husband needed a sleeve seam sewed up the other day and I said, "put it on the stack," and he added, "and never see it again." I feel like my sewing time is so little that when I take the time to mend I don't get to the new projects I want to start.

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  5. Ha, I just posted today about finally starting to sew my wedding gown - made from my Granny's 1949 wedding gown. I think that counts on two levels, the reusing of fabric AND the 40s theme! Though I seriously doubt I'm going to finish during July!!

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  6. LOL... I think I can fit right in with this theme... I have three pairs of jeans to mend, a skirt and several shirts to be refashioned into dresses - for my daughter, I have to re-draft the pattern for at least one of the dresses because it is too small for her now, and I have a HUGE stash to work from...

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  7. Cool! Thanks everyone.
    Ha, I thought the mend principle would hit home to some people. WE all have mending piles, I think this would give us motivation to work them down some.

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  8. I love your blog (thanks fedora lounge for directing me.)

    Since I just put myself on a self imposed fabric fast (no buying new fabric till I knock out most of my stash) this sew along couldn't come at a better time!

    Thanks for the great idea!

    Miranda
    www.mirandafern.com

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  9. Wow, three things from the mending pile is a big ask, I've been cultivating that for years, carefully not doing more than 1 item every 6 months so it grows rather than shrinks... hehehe.

    Great plan, do we choose from the list or aim to tick off everything?

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  10. wow... ehm.. i don't know what to say... considering it ususally takes a full month (sometimes longer) to make one dress- i'm afraid to join in on this sew-along and not finish. and my to- do pile has more become like an old friend who is there to greet me when i come home, hehe. :) but i'm oh so intrigued and i'm wondering if i'm up to this challenge???

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  11. Yay! Now I know each and everyone of you are capable of completing everything on the list. Come on you all, we can do it!

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  12. Oh, I want to participate! Even though I've got more than enough sew-along things going on, plus my regular life :D
    However, for Self-Stitched September I do have a couple of pieces I want to alter/fix up so I'll actually wear them, and this might be the ticket. It could really work out because with my summer class I don't have enough time to sew whole projects like I want to.

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  13. I'm in too! Maybe I'll finally finish my 1940 blouse!

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  14. I am just getting back into sewing. This is the nudge I need. I am in.

    Karen

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  15. I am so in on this. I have a pile of at least 10 items that need to be repaired, as well as a stash so big, it should be included in our home insurance. I think this will give me the motivation I need to get up and sewing. Thanks for this great idea.

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  16. I love this idea - and I adore the image from your booklet and your banner. I would love to put the banner on my blog...but don't know how to!

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  17. Here we go... I have accepted your challenge! It doesn't look quite so daunting as I first thought and I'm looking forward to doing it :-)

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  18. i like the idea, the banner looks great! i Shall be joining the journey.

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  19. Lovely everyone! I created a Flickr group, and Ill post more info on that in a few days.

    Yay sewing!

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  20. I think I'll join in with this- I have a lovely bed sheet that I'm planning to turn into a dress.

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  21. Perfect! I am repurposing a 1930s apron for an apron swap I am in and this will be a good kick in the butt to get it done this month.

    Count me in!

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  22. Extended through August?! Hurray!!
    I found you just in time..was a tad sad I had missed it in July and the forces that be have had you extend it through August..bless your heart, count me in!!

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  23. Yay! Hope everyone is doing great in their projects!

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  24. Thanks for extending MnM into August because July was full of non-sewing activities. So far, I have altered a jacket for my beau by removing an odd cuff detail and adding much needed shoulder pads; hemmed a pair of summer weight house pants that had been on the mend pile for a month; made a pencil skirt from existing fabric.

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  25. Just came across this site! Thank goodness you extended it, I hope i'm not too late to join in!

    Freya

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  26. Finished 2 of 3 mends and Yeah!! to extending the time frame as I was feeling a bit rushed. One more mend but I might have to make it two as I had a problems with a dress on Saturday. Here is a link http://livingvintage.blogspot.com/2011/06/make-and-mend-month.html

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