History of the "Make-Do" by Lana (near Rugby, TN)
I have recently become very interested in make-dos and their history. Make do's were most prevalent in the 18th and 19th centuries. Typically, they were anything that was past it's usefulness and repaired in an unconventional way (such as putting a metal handle on a porcelain pitcher) or used in an entirely different way (such as a broken candlestick or lamp or a sugar bowl that had lost it's lid... a pincushion was made to go atop the salvaged base). You may find examples of these in some folk art and antique sewing tools books.
There's also a book totally dedicated to this called "Waste Not, Want Not: The Art of the Make-Do".
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