AS a youngster growing up in the depression-hit 1920s, Muriel Hutt was always taught to make the most of whatever she had. Now, in 2008, the 91-year-old Barnstaple grandmother is busy passing on an important message of make do and mend to a younger gen

AS a youngster growing up in the depression-hit 1920s, Muriel Hutt was always taught to make the most of whatever she had. Now, in 2008, the 91-year-old Barnstaple grandmother is busy passing on an important message of "make do and mend" to a younger generation of recyclers.Mrs Hutt and daughter Nia Pearson have made more than 70 re-useable cotton bags from old off-cuts of material to help encourage shoppers to stop using throw-away plastic carrier bags."I grew up in an age when people didn't have a lot of money and people had to get by on thrift," Muriel told the Gazette."In the 20s and 30s there was great poverty and we had to be quite ingenious. Now it seems like that way of thinking is slowly coming back again with more people thinking about re-using things rather than throwing them away."Daughter Nia agreed that due to increased environmental awareness, it was now quite fashionable to be careful and thrifty.She said: "Things have come full circle and being 'frugal cool' is now quite modern and trendy."The bags are ideal for shopping - they're foldable, strong, washable and can be used again and again."The prudent pair have teamed up with North Devon's recycling champion Cathy Karniewicz - AKA Mrs Recycle - to help show others how to make the bags at a special workshop being organised at Barnstaple Library on Saturday, March 29."As well as showing people how to make bags of their own, we will have ready-made bags available for people to buy for a small donation to charity," said Mrs Recycle.For more information, about the event, telephone Mrs Recycle on (01271) 345806. To get hold of your own cloth bag, telephone Nia Pearson on (01271) 373837.