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It’s time for our second annual Holiday Giveaway Calendar! Everyday in the month of December we are giving away an amazing prize! It’s super easy to enter, just leave your comment answering the bolded questions below by noon EST 12/28 and a lucky winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries!

Today, enter to win a Feature in Living Creatively online monthly magazine!

Ever dreamt of being featured in a magazine? Now’s your chance.

Living Creatively – the online community dedicated to creativity – is offering a BurdaStyle member the chance to be featured in the Living Creatively online monthly magazine.

Enjoyed by crafters around the world, Living Creatively encapsulates everything about the new movement in craft; young, fashionable and sexy. Devoted to all things creative – art, craft, fashion, design, urban living – the site is global in scope and covers local artisans and high-profile designers equally.

You will join the ranks of those who have gone before you. Names such as Akira Isogawa, Lotta Jansdotter and Amy Butler to name a few.

You get to talk about you; your design style, your inspirations, your plans, as well as feature images and projects from your creative life.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

To enter, just leave your comment answering this questions by noon EST 12/28:
In these challenging financial times, there has been a resurgence in the ‘Make Do & Mend’ philosophy seen during war time in the 1940’s. Have you used your sewing skills to ‘make do and mend’ recently? If so, what have you made?

We want to congratulate knjižni_molj on winning yesterday’s $100 Gift Certificate to Recycleatee! Her comment was chosen at random from all eligible entries. Thanks to everyone who entered and good luck in today’s giveaway

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    Dec 28, 2009, 11.42 PMby netmyda

    I used old jeans to cover parts of an old chair. I also readjusted old pants…

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    Dec 28, 2009, 11.28 PMby wjsmth

    reuse and mend :-)

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    Dec 28, 2009, 11.26 PMby Passiona Cottee

    Making do and mending has found me. I wasn’t looking for it. It made its way into my life over this last year not because of necessity but because it is a philosophy – a way of living that accords with my values. I select fabrics from the local community centre that has industrial excesses and from Tessuti’s remnants table. I am teaching my self to sew (with burda’s help). Creating is so rewarding. Colleagues and friends now refer items to me for mending. A recent example is a co-worker needed a shirt re-hemmed and it will now live to see another summer. And just last week a friend gave me a top she has loved to death, with the request I make a new one for her ‘exactly the same’ as the old one.

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    Dec 28, 2009, 11.16 PMby nobuta18

    well for christmas, my aunt gave me this atrocious scarf; however, stuck through with is and converted it into a pillow

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    Dec 28, 2009, 11.03 PMby elainemay

    I’ve always been a mender, I save all my scraps for future projects, and I use old sheets for making muslins. Recently it’s been restitching loose buttons and darning my felted slippers. Oh, and I just took seven pairs of shoes in for new soles and new heel tips!

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    Dec 28, 2009, 11.00 PMby lizro

    I turned some scrap fabrics into stockings for christmas.

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    Dec 28, 2009, 10.42 PMby dreaz03

    My old roommate still makes fun of me for sewing up the holes in my socks—why throw out the whole pair when you can just re-sew up the toe?! Now I’m exploring the fun of sock animals… Since being laid-off, I started up a little Etsy shop (Ttoz) and have started putting my fabric stash to good use — don’t think I’ve bought my son a piece of clothing since as we have also benefited from my nephews old clothes! A little embellishement makes ‘old’ things new and unique — perfect!

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    Dec 28, 2009, 10.39 PMby cathivixen

    I sure have! For me it’s meant really planning my sewing so that I know what I’m sewing WAY ahead of time so I can buy one sale. No more impulse purchases for me! :-( And I’m already planning for next years Christmas presents and Hallowe’en costumes. Yep, planning that far ahead.

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    Dec 28, 2009, 10.07 PMby queenofbling

    I’ve had to have a real make-do year, in many ways. I’ve been sewing from my stash first of all. I’ve also for one thing, picking up work from thrift stores and personalizing through deconstruction and reconstruction and embellishment. Been quite a challenge.

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    Dec 28, 2009, 09.37 PMby corvus

    The question is what haven’t I made or mended? I made all my christmas presents from my stash, I’ve been tailoring cheap thrift store shirts and jackets so they’ll be passable for job interviews, I’ve patched multiple pairs of pants to keep them in service, etc etc. It can be an amusing challenge.

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    Dec 28, 2009, 09.29 PMby sailonsilvergirl

    Yes. This year for holiday gifts, I sewed gifts primarily from fabrics, patterns and notions already in my stash. I realize this doesn’t help today’s retailers and economy, but in these financial times, it’s best for me to use materials purchased previously. This was my way of making do and it was a conscious decision this year. I made a reversible men’s vest with three coordinating stashed fabrics, a men’s sweatshirt with bi-color detail from two coordinating fabrics, a shrug from a free downloadable pattern with wool knit, and a silk chiffon skirt. The only fabric purchased was a silk chiffon to line the skirt because it needed a well-matched color. Each fabric “looked” like the person the items were gifted to, and I could tell from each person’s response that the choices were well-made.

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    Dec 28, 2009, 08.31 PMby hodgepodgefarm

    for the past few years i have been trying to slowly convert my wardrobe to only clothes i’ve made myself, or other handmakers, with a sprinkling of vintage. i make a few pieces each year and also mend or alter things i already own. i’ve stopped buying new clothes altogether because i don’t want to support cheap and unfair labor and the disposable mentality. it is a long, slow process but i enjoy it thoroughly!

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    Dec 28, 2009, 08.31 PMby sewingwithtrudy

    Well, let’s see. I’ve done several things. I’ve refashioned garments found in thrift stores. I make clothes from thrift store fabrics. I save buttons and, ruffles and lace off of old clothes and reuse them on things I’m making. I made my toddler a sock doll for Christmas from one of my husband’s socks. Those are just a few of the things I’ve done.

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    Dec 28, 2009, 08.21 PMby organicmom

    I’ve had the ‘Make Do & Mend’ philosophy since I was a child. It’s always proved useful to be frugal and in more recent years, I’ve found a new passion for living an eco-friendly life. It always gives me great satisfaction to provide for my family by fixing something that would have otherwise been thrown away or by making something new from something we already have. I love “fabric shopping” in our closets, making something new out of a piece of clothing that wasn’t getting any love. I have also really loved cloth diapering our children. I’ve found amazing satisfaction from sewing beautiful and functional cloth diapers from recycled clothing and wool sweaters. No scrap goes to waste at our house, even the tiniest scraps get cut up into shreds by my children to be used as stuffing in the organic cotton toys that I make.

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    Dec 28, 2009, 08.13 PMby sunquistadora

    I’m always recycling my clothes, as is my mom. We mended each other’s stuff as Christmas presents!

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    Dec 28, 2009, 08.02 PMby sew-darn-cute

    i’ve always ‘make do and mended’ always found ways to be creative… what i’ve made recently was gifts and more gifts!!

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    Dec 28, 2009, 07.43 PMby marygreenfield

    I was raised in a very make-do or mend it kind of family. My mother made most of the clothes my siblings and I wore growing up. I always inherited what my sisters outgrew.

    In the years since, our mother saved what was left of the fabrics she used for our clothes. Now I have the last bits of those fabrics! I have made skirts, accessories, and gifts from those wonderful, now-vintage fabrics!

    In a sewing construction class I took last spring, there was sometimes a “free table” – a collection of extra bits of fabrics, yarns, patterns from someone’s attic or scraps pile. Sometimes I found tiny scraps that became the linings of bags, or other small projects. I even found the perfect fabric for covered buttons I gave my mother for her birthday last month! It was like a treasure trove of scraps!

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    Dec 28, 2009, 07.41 PMby Andrea Barrett

    I’ve been patching my boyfriends work clothes. It is so expensive and wears out so fast!

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    Dec 28, 2009, 07.04 PMby hands-of-gold

    always mended – re-constructed garments… nothing really changed — it’s just that the older i get - the less i want or need…

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    Dec 28, 2009, 06.56 PMby yttappatty

    I do mend a lot, it all started with my mom mending the socks for all 6 of us kids. As for make-do, thats something we have done for a long time also. Any one ever heard of hand me downs? My mom and older sister would alter lots of dresses for us younger girls. The only one who got new items all the time was my older sister and little baby brother.

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    Dec 28, 2009, 06.48 PMby itssewtime-1

    This “make do” mentality has definitely become a part of our household. I’ve put my sewing skills to use in many ways over the last year by re-fashioning some of my unwanted clothes into nightgowns andd tops for my 4 year-old daughter. I’ve used many old sheets and pillowcases (that my mom had passed down) to make curtains, duvet covers, and doll clothes for bothe of my little girls’ dollies, and I have so many more projects in the works. I have been buying fabric at the local craaft/fabric shop when it is on sale for $1/yd – $3/yd and will be using store bought and homemade patterns to revamp my wardrobe during the next few winter months. We definitely have to use this idea of “make do” because on one income, my husband’s, we can’t afford to do it any other way.

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    Dec 28, 2009, 05.51 PMby nettie

    I have been refashioning, sewing from patterns and copying existing garments in an effort to increase my wardrobe for as little as possible. I’ve been ordering inexpensive fabric from fabric.com to maximize my money and so far it has been a, mostly, positive experience.

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    Dec 28, 2009, 05.44 PMby mirela

    I’ve made stuff from leftover yarn and always try to reuse my fabric scraps. I’m planning on making some jewelry with flowers out of cutout fabric.

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    Dec 28, 2009, 05.43 PMby susieq3123

    I make do & mend all the time. Most recently I repaired a split in my sons blue jeans he wears to work, they will last him for another month or two.

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    Dec 28, 2009, 05.39 PMby gidgetsews

    I mend and try to “make things work” that were fitting oddly, by altering them.

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    Dec 28, 2009, 05.32 PMby eelkje

    I started making clothes for myself from thrifted fabrics, and when i no longer had room in my closet i started my own label, and now i am making money doing what i love! Apart from sewing i’m also screen-printing, knitting, crocheting and making things from whatever is at hand in general.

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    Dec 28, 2009, 05.07 PMby shereesews

    I keep saving up the old blue jeans. I have made some purses and dog toys from them. I also save old blankets to make the dog a padded bed in garage. I cut up old towels to make cleaning rags. I used lost socks to protect glass xmas ornaments before packing away. Recently I used older black & white striped sheets to make kitchen window valances and they look great!

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