Fancy a bit of make do and mend?

The blog below was written in April 2020 during the first lockdown. As ever we have been putting by our seconds items and saving them up; we had hoped by now not to be using them in a lockdown situation but here we are again.

The offer has changed slightly in that we have now added a customisation pack in with each item so you have a few colours to choose from when getting creative, and where possible a button or two as well (scroll down to see some of the amazing mends shared with us on social media).

We hope that the ideas below inspires you to get creative and to stay cosy at the same time.

Stay safe and well, love Kate and the TD Team xx

As a business which specialises in recycling post consumer waste we have always been challenged by the items which fail our stringent quality checks. It is natural, when you reuse discarded items, that there are inherent faults and they do sometimes slip by our diligent cutters and machinists. Of course these people are still paid for their work and when the fault is picked up in QC we put the item by and get our thinking caps on. Last year we sold the gloves in multi packs but this year, due to COVID-19 we are having to do things a different way and we have come up with a new seconds collection which involves a bit more creativity...

Each pack item has a fault but also comes with a piece of cashmere to make patches from so that it can be mended creatively. Nettie, our Production Manager, who is stuck at home - as so many are - came up with some ideas and at the bottom of this post I'm adding pictures of amazing and imaginative mends done by our lovely customers.

Here's Nettie's 'lockdown make do and mend' blog:

Like people around the world, my lifestyle has dramatically changed after receiving the government’s lock down message. I, like so many others, find myself confined, either working from home or in self isolation. It’s been challenging. It’s incredibly hard when you cannot give your loved ones a hug and you are unable to visit elderly relatives. Thank goodness for social media. It’s also tricky to keep children and teenagers happy and productive whilst the schools are closed. There is only so much home schooling a girl or her mum can take! So when the postman delivered our box of seconds to mend from Kate we were super excited. In our box we found super cosy Turtle Doves gloves (other seconds are now available including neckwarmers and wriat warmers), a complementary coloured cashmere scrap and buttons to help inspire our creativity. After what turned into a mammoth search for sewing needles (they had definitely been seen somewhere in the conservatory circa 2015) we started our own sewing bee make do and mend project on the kitchen table.


We used my old sewing machine to fix the hot pink pair, stitching a heart over the stain using the basic straight stitch and then trimming to neaten.

For the others we used our limited hand stitching skills, we incorporated buttons and cut out little cashmere hearts which we stitched on using coloured thread in a basic running stitch but a more experienced seamstress might try a blanket stitch.

Alys made a flower shape with buttons to cover a hole just stitching them randomly on. 

We even had a go at covering a small hole with a pretty little rainbow, again just using a basic running stitch.

In the end we were pleased with our attempts. We felt that with a bit of extra love even the seconds gloves could be made beautifully unique and perfect for keeping you cosy. Afterwards we took a few photos so we could share our afternoon with you, (Alys it turns out is an infinitely better hand model than me). So, if you’re looking for a little creative distraction for yourself or a loved one, why not give it a go? Love Nettie & Alys x

We hope that this gives you a bit of inspiration (this collection once repaired will be great for dog walking, gardening or everyday cosiness) and that you enjoy giving them a new lease of life or sending them to a loved one who might enjoy a gentle challenge.

Click here to buy a pair if you are keen to get sewing. For inspiration scroll down!

Warmest wishes, Kate and the TD team xx





Hi everyone, Thank you so much for all your comments. We’ve taken our time to respond to your comments individually through e-mail. Stay in touch if you have any more queries.

Warm wishes,

Turtle Doves Team

your gloves (firsts and seconds) as I can still operate the sanitiser bottle and stay cozy :-)

I quarantine them for a fortnight between wears as I’m not sure they’d stand up to washing after every wear. I’m looking forward to some more seconds becoming available to increase my stash x

I’ve sent two pairs to my my nine year old granddaughter in Germany. She’s going to have lots of fun customising them.

Just ordered my first kit and am really excited about receiving it. I appreciate it may take a bit longer to arrive with the current pandemic but all good things come to those who wait 😊

Hi recieved mine last week absolutely love them done with hearts and buttons really enjoyed doing so much so ive now also ordered one of the neck warmers to make do and mend perfect thankyou

I ordered a perfect pair of gloves a snood and neck warmer. They were so gorgeous I ordered a make do and mend gloves. They arrived and were a gorgeous pink. The fault had already been sewn, but I am looking forward to prettying it up. Such a wonderful idea and beautiful items. Thank you so much. I have now ordered a make do a mend neck warmer.

This is such a lovely idea. Ordered a pair, gave it a go (I’m no sewer) and really enjoyed playing around with the fabric and the buttons. Such a great way to bring out a little creativity in these difficult times. Thank you Turtle Doves 😊

I have just received mine. I think its a fabulous idea and I am going to use my patch piece to try and reinforce the bit where some of my others have worn out.

What a brilliant idea, ordered my make and mend, very happy with the colour, pale blue with purple off cut. Really looking forward to being creative.

Ordered these as I felt a bargain and would be special to me with the bits added. They did take a while to come but that’s was due to these difficult times. Thank you all again.xx

I’ve just received mine and am thrilled with the lovely colours of the gloves and the contrasting patch pieces. The flaws on the gloves are very small and they could be worn as they are but I look forward to getting creative with the patches and buttons. Thank you Turtle Doves! 😘

Absolutely thrilled with mine, perfect colour, such a brilliant idea. Thanks so much

I have just ordered a pair of make and mend could I request a large pair if it’s not to late thanks

Such a wonderful idea. Have ordered some to mend and pretty up to give to elderly friends who suffer from painful arthritis in their hands and fingers to provide some comfort.
Have bought quite a few as gifts for my girls and granddaughters in gorgeous colours.
Kate and the team pack gifts for birthdays beautifully.

I ordered two pairs of make do and mend a little while ago and haven’t received them yet. This may well be because of the present circumstances, but would just like to check that you had my order. I paid by PayPal. I have ordered many gloves from you in the past, and it says there is no account in my name. Stay safe everyone. Gill

Awesome idea, can’t wait for mine to arrive !

Great idea! I may also try this on my old, favourite, ones which went into holes from my wearing them so much last year!

This is a fantastic idea! I am so excited about making these gloves. I tell my friends how much wear I get out of them all Winter. I always have a pair in my handbag. Thank you Kate and your team. 💖

Hi. What a fabulous idea. A great way to get creative & keep us busy. Such a lovely company.

Brilliant ideas… so simple yet so very effective !!! Well done Kate and the TEAM.. love your stuff xx

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