Do You Know What A Makedo Is?


I know I have talked about these a few months back, healing but someone commented on my blog today, decease and asked what a makedo is. In the 18th and 19th century, when things were hard to come by, anything broken or worn, was saved for other uses, they “made do”, with what they had, and that’s how we got the name makedo. The photo above, are antique makedos, made from broken oil lamp bases, and old fabric scraps, put together to make pincushions. Makedos have become very collectable to many people, including myself, I just love them. The photo below, is a picture of my collection. On the top shelf, on the left, is a pincushion made as a gift to me, from my dear friend Christine Crocker. In the back is one made by another dear friend, Pamela Overmier, and was a Christmas present a few years ago. The doube one, is also new, made by Stacey Nash. The knitted striped one is an early one, when I say early that means 18th or 19th century, and is for sale in my store It is Amish. I love it, and don’t mind that it has not yet sold, it’s quite comfortable right where it is, but it IS for sale. The strawberry one, probably the best one I own, and is very old and very desirable because it is a strawberry. On the shelf below, on the right, are two early ones, and were the first ones I purchased. They are still my favorites. The one looks like it was made with leftover curtain material. I love the fringe! The large one in the foreground was also made by Christine.


Here is a closer look at my early makedos. The first one is the Amish one for sale in my store.


This is a picture of a makedo chair. I have been wanting to make one for a couple of years now. I have an old chair that will be perfect. Maybe this will be the year I do it. A makedo chair would be made from an old chair base, and a new chair top, using discarded pieces and old fabric.


Almost forgot this beauty. This one belongs to my friend, Denise.


That’s it. Hope you enjoyed, and now you know what a makedo is. Now you can go and make your own! If you do, be sure to let me know.
Happy day.

9 Responses to “Do You Know What A Makedo Is?”

  1. Bobbie Says:

    Carole..I love your collection of make-do pincushions. They are beautiful! I have never been able to find any early ones, so I started making them myself out of antique fabrics. I do, however, have three early pillow-type pincushions that are filled with sawdust and excelsior. I always enjoy looking at them & wondering about the women who made them. One of the old ones, has been patched at least three times! I found three different layers of fabric on one of the torn edges.

    I have a beautiful Santa made by Christine Crocker that I purchased from a friend here in Michigan about 6 years ago. I just love him! Her work is amazing. He sits outs all year long by my fireplace. Thanks again, Carole, and I hope you have a wonderful New Year!


  2. Christine LeFever Says:

    What a beautiful post, Carole! I love all of your make-do pincushions and of course, love anything darling Christe` makes.


  3. Christine Crocker Says:

    oh,my dear Carole,
    what a wonderful post! And such beautiful make-do’s- and be still my heart- in my favorite browns.
    You know how I love anything that is “make-do” and your pictures,too.
    You have such lovely things- that old chair is Wonderful!
    Thank you so much for sharing them and the little girl pin keep that I made…what fun to see her among your beautiful things.

  4. Pamela Overmier Says:

    Carole, its so wonderful that my pinkeep is next to Christine’s. And so kind of you to mention me. I’m lost for words now. I know that’s rare! Hugs, Pam

  5. Lana Says:

    Hi Carole & Happy New Year! I think you knew I would love your Make-Do post. All of them are so beautiful ~ both new & old! I was thinking about making some make-do pincushions from milk glass bases that I have and see that you have some with a white glass base. How old do you suppose they are? Hope all is well with you and your family.
    Take Care & God Bless,

  6. Carole Says:

    hi Lana. Happy New Year to you too. The old ones are mid to late 19th century, Victorian period. I just love them!! Nice to hear from you. Take good care.

  7. Deena Warner Says:

    Lovely..lovely make dos
    I just adore them..they are fun
    and whimsical!
    thanks for sharing the lovely pics.

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