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Strawberry special! CHARITY SHOP CHIC



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Meet the team

Deputy Editor Amy Rose Miss Rose loves to seek out vintage goodies at markets and fairs.

Illustrator Ellie Cobb Ellie loves to draw, check out her illustrations on pages 6 and 7.

Hello! This is the first ever issue of Make Do & Mend, how exciting! We love vintage and upcycling and we hope you do too. So for this first issue be prepared to learn how to make the perfect Wimbledon cake, try some home made jam, go for a long bicycle ride in the country and turn that charity shop dress into a catwalk beauty! Learn how to set up your very own craft shop from the comfort of your own home on page 14, where we interviewed the winner of our very first Business of the Month competition. We hope you have as much fun reading the magazine as we did making it. Don’t forget to get in touch and tell us what you’ve been upcycling!

Photographer Grace Morrison Grace has an eye for fashion and is our very own Make Do & Mend photographer. Jennifer Mills, Editor

The talk about town... Hi Make Do & Mend, I found your magazine through Twitter and absolutely adore the vintage lifestyle theme. I’m really excited for the August issue and to start up my subscription! Maria, Bristol

We love to know what our community have been up to. Join the conversation and you could be in the next issue!

Just picked up this months issue of @makedoandmend I am loving the vintage cake stands, I can’t wait to make my own! Katy, Farnham

My husband bought me the loveliest vintage style bouquet, I just had to share it with you. Kim, Plymouth

Dear Make Do & Mend, I absolutely love your magazine. I just saw you’re going to be featuring vintage bicycles in your next issue. I literally can not wait, I am on the look out for a new bike and I am sure you will give me some well needed vintage inspiration! Hattie, Birmingham Thanks for the fab recipes, I had a tea party with my friends last week and they loved the upside down cake! Lucy, Colchester Me and my friends were celebrating the end of our degrees and just had to make the lanterns from Julys issue!

We loved your photoshoot in July’s issue with all of the to go to the woods and have a play around with our own photoshoots. This is my favourite! It’s not quite as professional but we were having the best day! Sarah,


Hello Make Do & Mend, I just wanted to write to tell you how much I appreciated the business of the months. It’s really inspiring to see young women earning a living from their crafts and the tips you supplied us with have given me the motivation to start up my very own Etsy store selling my handmade bunting and cushions. So thank you very much for inspiring me!

Lisa-Marie, Basingstoke

Hey MDAM! After reading last months issue about shopping at vintage stores and charity shops I went on a bit of a charity shop spree and found this gorgeous top, all I had to do was cut and sew the sleeves and it was perfect!

So excited for the next issue of @makedoandmend. I need some new sewing tips! Georgina, Poole

real upcycling project thanks to @makedoandmend magazine. I turned some old tee shirts in to cute bunting! I am so proud of myself and I never would have done it if I hadn’t come across this magazine. Keep up the great work inspiring us! Sadiya, Ipswich

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Contents Living Upcycle your summer

35 photoshoot

sewing 54 Vintage machines have our readers 58 What been up to?


Second hand chic

Setting up sewing 22 machines to: make lavander 27 How bags

30 How to: make vinyl

67 Glorious Goodwood

42 summer

70 Vintage fairs

to: screen print 50 How tee-shirts

6 7 19

Time for tea: quick and easy jam



62 Perfect parasols


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Our favourite things


Business of the month Reader

24 Competions

record clocks

How to: upcycle your

to: make your 63 How own cake stand

66 How to: make tea cup candles


Time for tea: The perfect Wimbledon cake Baking tips and tricks


The pick of the 20 bunch - top whisks





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exceptional sound quality. Sovereign is available in a soft leather cloth in three regal colours: Sovereign Windsor Green, Sovereign Sandringham Burgundy and Sovereign Balmoral Blue The ‘Sovereign DAB’ offers DAB+/DAB and FM, with easy to use rotary controls and RDS station name display. The Sovereign costs £200.

Mind your manners!

Cocktail of the month This cocktail is perfect for w warm evening in the sun. Although a stronger alternative to the usual summer Pimm’s, the Bakewell Beauty is still easy to drink and Ingredients: very refreshing. But you 20ml of Black Sambuca will need s sweet tooth! 25 ml of Amaretto Get in touch to show us 25 ml of strawberry your results! Liqueur 50 ml of Double Add all of the ingredients, Cream except the cream and shake over ice. Strain into the cream on top. For a special touch, and a sprinkling of chocolate powder and a fresh strawberry. And then sit back and enjoy!

These are a few of our favourite things... Tea Cup Candles

These cute table napkins are enough to sharpen up anyones table etiquette. So if your man needs a little nudge in the right direction, these may be just the thing! Imogen Luddy incredible skills span wallpaper, furniture, homewares and homeware. She works across a wide range of tools, including laser-cutting, embroidery, crochet and exploring traditional crafts. Using antique lace, doilies and embroidered samplers as a starting point, her work aims to subvert the traditional practices by ‘digitising’ their structures and reproducing them in unexpected materials. A small range of products are available to buy through her online shop as well as in selected boutiques. commission for commercial environments or domestic interiors.

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These cute cups of heaven make a perfect gift for any occasion. The earl grey scented candle with a homely, comforting aroma, and the biscuit soaps look good enough to eat! To make things even better, it’s all home made and very environmentally friendly. Time for Tea’ teacup candles come in a range of vintage teacups, and you can also choose your favourite biscuit. These and more can be found in our online goodies....www.


Take a walk on the wild side August in England means the last of the summer sun. So why not get out and enjoy it! Dig those wellies back out of the festival bag, and take a strole down a rural path and see what you Walks like these are great places to pick up some natural beauties for future crafts. You can even stop for a picnic. My dog Dennis thoroughly enjoyed it!

The music that made this issue The Crookes// Yes, yes We Are Magicians Alt J// Taro Eileen Barton// If I knew you were coming I’d’ve Baked a cake Bastille// Haunt The Cure// Friday I’m In Love Peace// California Daze The Lion And The Wolf// A song for the drunk and downhearted Mothbites// Howling Forever Bob Marley// Jammin’ Hey Sholay// Burning

Here at Make do and Mend we are obsessed with Bells Bicycles. With their vintage frames and brown leather seats they have the perfect bikes to take out on a picnic. They even sell adorable little baskets. This purple one is our favourite this month. Check out their online store at

watched Breakfast at // Blake Edwards My Fair Lady// George Cukor Its a Wonderful Life// Frank Capra

Hot for ceramics Ceramics are coming back into vougue. And what better way to start your obsession than decorating your home with these beautiful ceramic gems from Juliette Reeves Designs. Spice up your house with hand made coasters, give an ornamental gift, or jazz up your suit in a pair of

Psycho// Alfred Hitchcock To Kill A Mockingbird// Robert Mulligan The Sound of Music// Robert Wise

so for your personalised ceramics, including crockery and more, go to

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I’m aching for some baking! Quick and easy jam 1. Place all of the fruit and sugar into a saucepan on a very low heat, stirring occasionally. Be sure to sugar rather than melt it.

2. When all the sugar has fully dissolved, bring to a rapid, rolling boil, so that the bubbles wont be calmed by stirring. Cook for 3 - 5 minutes.

3. The jam has reached setting point once it has thickened and boils more slowly. You can test that it’s at setting point by spooning a little onto a cool surface, if it wrinkles when touched then you know it is ready.

4. Once your jam has reached setting point, spoon into sterilised jars, and your home made jam is ready!

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Ingredients: 500g of sugar 500g of fresh fruit


Time for tea Wimbledon cake Ingredients 300g Self Raising Flour 2 teaspoons Baking Powder 150g Caster Sugar 6 Eggs 6 tablespoons Natural Yogurt Strawberry Jam to fill Strawberries to decorate

3. Pour the mixture into two lined and buttered sandwich tins. Bake in a pre heated teen to twenty minutes. Once baked turn onto a cooling rack. 4. Spread the underside of the sponge with strawberry jam. Then spread half of the cream over it.

6. Take the strawberries cut them in half and decorate on the top. For a video tutorial check out our website!

5. Put the other sponge on top and cover in the rest of the cream.

1. Beat the sugar, yogurt and eggs in an electric mixer for around 10 minutes. 2. Once the mixture is almost white in colour eight until there are no lumps.

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Second-hand chic Instead of hitting the high street for your new season trends, make something superbly individual!


he beauty of customisation and charity shop chic is that it allows you to wear your own creation that you can be proud of. You

your dreams. So why pay premium on the high street for vintage replicas, when you can get the real deal at a charity shop for pence? The ‘make do and mend’ attitude of war time Britain has made a massive come back in todays sinking economy. Coupled with the trend for all things vintage, charity shop customisation is

the perfect way to update your wardrobe. Programmes such as ‘Great British Sewing Bee’ on the BBC have reignited the nations passion for dressmaking and haberdashery, producing a new generation of savvy sewers with individual, home made wardrobes. The throwback trend to eighties high waistlines and crop tops means that charity shops can be the perfect place to re-vamp your wardrobe, with original eighties garments being discarded by their original owners, ready for you to snap up and bring back to life.

shops have come along way towards

treasures, if you’re willing to have a bit of a rummage. Oversized shirts and thick knit jumpers are the most common

designer label or two! Also look out for gold chains and other items that can be used to customise other pieces. They

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£1.75, British Heart Foundation

£3, Bernados

£3, Oxfam Vintage £3.50, Red Cross

£1, Cancer Research UK

£1.50, Oxfam

£2.75, British Heart Foundation may not be real gold, but for the sake of fashion, it doesn’t really matter. Silk scarves are also found in abundance, around the neck, or placed in the hair for that 1950’s look. Remember, it’s not the potential diamond in the rough. Home customisation may sound daunting, but it’s a lot easier and cheaper have purchased some items that have potential, think about what you need to make them into your perfect wardrobe. Haberdashery shops are perfect for this. Shops including Fabric land and Hobby buttons, lace trims and collars, at very reasonable prices. These are perfect for bringing retro pieces back into the height of fashion. Gold buttons on an old jumper or shirt can instantly give a high quality appearance, making the garment vintage chic rather than granny’s closet. sewing skills, then start small. Changing buttons is a really easy, and vey cost

£4.50, Age UK

£5, Bernados

People say

I can say that I designed it!

£2.50, Help For Heroes

£7, Oxfam Vintage

new look to a garment. Taking up hems can also make an old skirt or dress modern in a matter of minutes. And high waisted jeans can be cut into a hot pair of shorts in seconds. Although sewing machines make things quicker and neater, it’s not essential for any kind of customisation. Things can be done just as well by hand. Due to the current

£6, Oxfam Vintage £2, Help For Heroes

£3, Age UK

trend in home customisation, the cost

range of stitches to get any job done. If you need to sharpen up your sewing skills, courses ranging from beginner to advanced are widely available. Ellie Cobb is a student, and instead of spending the little spare money she has wardrobe with charity shop chic; “I’ve been customising my own clothes for years. I started doing it because I high street, and I hate the awkwardness when someone is wearing the same statement item as you. But now I love trawling through the rails to see what I always feel great! “Many of my friends spend a fortune in vintage shops to get a retro look and make sure no one will have the same

reduced. A small sewing machine, with enough functions to do many kinds of basic customisation can be picked up for

jumper for forty pounds when you can get one for a few quid that’s just as good?

of colours. These smaller sized sewing machines are perfect for the occasional customiser, as they look great on a shelf

hand. None of it was that impressive! Just jeans cut into shorts, and buying things like bags and belts. Charity shops

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Making are really good for those kinds of things, because they have a real vintage look about them, without paying so much for it to be labelled as ‘vintage’. Then I started to move on to more challenging things, like sewing on new buttons, its so simple and can really update any item. I decided to buy my own sewing machine to make the changes I was making to garments more professional. So I moved on to sewing hems and taking in waistlines. You really can create whatever you want to with a little practice. “One of my favourite things at the moment is my studding machine. Every charity shop has loads of shirts, I’ve that look great with thick tights or a pair of disco pants. And with the studding machine, in seconds I can add a few studs to the corner of the collar, and instantly it looks like it could of come out of Urban

the way I want them, is the satisfaction when people say they love what I’m wearing, and where did I get it from, and I can say that I designed it, and it only cost me two pounds! The look on some peoples face when they realise that your they’re wearing, and looks a hundred times better, priceless!”

Sewing Machine, John Lewis £49.99

Collar, Ebay £3.49

“I’ve now started selling some of the clothes I customise online. As a student, it allows me to make some pocket money. But my favourite part of buying such cheap clothes, and making them exactly

Buttons, Fabric Land £0.75 each

The dress as I bought it, £1.00, Cancer Research UK

Neatly pin the hem up to the length you want

Pin the collar into place, and then sew it as before

Sew the buttons into place using a needle and thread

already been mentioned, buying from charity shops helps people less fortunate than yourself. So you can re-vamp your wardrobe in the comfort of knowing that you have spread a little happiness situation! So now you can build yourself an eclectic and individual wardrobe for a fraction of the price of the high street. And when your friends ask where you got that fabulous new shirt, you can tell them that you created it, safe in the knowledge that they can’t get the same one. Oh the satisfaction! And remember ladies…one girl’s castget customising!

a Sew along the line of pins, on sewing machine or by hand

Add a belt, and you have a stylish dress for under £10!

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Business of the month

Oh No Rachio Rachel Basinger Amy Rose discussed bunting, bunnies and getting a business started with budding entrepreneur and creator of ‘OhNoRachio!’ Rachel Basinger.


fter walking into Rachel’s immaculately tidy and bright

away by the amount of cute homeware she owns. Bunting, cushions and trinkets adored the living area where we sat down with her hamster named Echo to discuss OHNORACHIO!

So Rachel, how did you get started with your online store? “I started when I made my friend a bunting banner, I was trying to think of nice things to make her that you can’t

like “what, you made that?!” I was really happy with the feedback people were giving me so I started thinking about selling them. I heard about Etsy and decided to set up my own shop.”

font I found online and I made a banner for her. When she opened it everyone was

Why did you decide to broaden your shop and not only sell banners

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Living The winner of Augusts Business of the month - Rachel Basinger

Heart bunting

and bunting? “I started making more presents for people. I made the cuddly bunnies as a present for a friend and everyone was like “they’re really cool” so I thought if people think its cool then I’ll put it on my website. I then made a plate for my boyfriend for his Christmas present a

couple of years ago and people liked it so I started making them for my house and people always commented on them. I kind of decide what to put in my shop by gaging peoples reactions, but now whenever I make something for a friend or for home I always just make extra and put them on the site.”

Who or what inspired you with your cute designs? “I spend a lot of time looking at blogs online, I like blogs where people are crafty or interior designers or like pretty food or people who take photographs of everything they do! I’m a really visual person, I’m constantly scrolling through blogs. I also love typography so when creating my banners I spent a lot of time looking through vintage circus posters on websites. I love it when people use a lot of photoshop typography on their blogs. Little things like that tweak the inspiration in me. Most of my drawings come from little doodles. I have a sketchbook I take everywhere and my bag is always full to the brim with pens so if I’m bored I’ll just doodle and then it will sometimes turn into something nice.” “I don’t have just one person who inspires me but other Etsy designers are nice to look at. I would never copy someone, I think that would be wrong but I do draw inspiration from colours people are using and things like that. At the moment macaroon/pastel colours are in and thats what inspired me to do my business cards in the colours I did them in. Those pastels are quite nice for my up and coming baby range, I think I will do a set of baby plates with a minty green.” What plans has OHNORACHIO! got in the pipeline? “Well I’m working with a few galleries at the moment, one gallery in Liverpool is called Nook and Cranny and they are

Cuddly rabbit availavle from Rachels etsy shop

window display which is really cool and so surreal! I also have the Aspex gallery in Portsmouth stocking my animal broaches and a lot of cards. There are a few other little places I am starting to build up connections with. I was also approached by the website to

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Rachels baby shower range

stock on their site so thats something I’m looking into. This was really nice because they’re invite only and they actually found

inspirational like a one liner which would

business, did you think it would lead to more opportunities? “No I don’t think so, I always started it as something to just do in my spare time as I love art and making things. Its something fun and its one of those things that its

think something is good and your proud of it then other people will think the same. It doesn’t take much to set up a business particularly on Etsy, its free and simple to use. Once you start expanding you can set up your own blogs/website/ twitter pages to self promote. I think the more self marketing you do the more well

I spend alot of time looking at blogs for inspiration

I cant think of one! Hmm, in a nut shell, go for it. You don’t know whats out there until you give it a try. You should have

what you do. You make something and your quite proud of it but when other people would actually pay their well earned money to buy the things you’ve made its a really great feeling. So I didn’t really see it going anywhere but now that it has its more strings to my bow and its really nice to have more people and galleries actually liking my work.” What advice would you give to young people intending to start up their own business? “Oh wow, I could say something really

Cards available from Rachels Etsy shop

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known you will get. Having a business like mine is such a nice positive booster which you don’t get from many other things. When people go to your shop instead of John Lewis to buy a birthday present is such a nice feeling. I really appreciate individual designers and I know loads of people do. And if your one of them just don’t hold back, just go for it. That is my motto!” If you fancy checking out more of Rachel’s work and OHNORACHIO! just head to

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