What’s On

Saturday 12th March

London Borough of Hillingdon Repair & Reuse Day

When: 10:00 – 14:00 Where: The Great Barn, Manor Farm, Bury Street, Eastcote Road, Ruislip, HA4 7SU

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Between 10am and 2pm, join us in The Great Barn to learn tips and tricks from council teams and local groups. Dr Bike, Hillingdon Friends of the Earth, Traid and LBH's recycling team will be there on the day to offer repairs, tips and hosting workshops to prolong the use of your items.

Sunday 13th March

Mend Along: Decorative Denim with Kentish Town City Farm

When: 13:00 – 15:00 Where: 1 Cressfield Close, London, NW5 4BN

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This Mend Along is denim based workshop exploring different mending, altering, and decorating techniques we can use to bring new life to our much loved and habitual friend - the denim jean. This workshop will help you grow your skill and confidence in their ability to mend, up cycle, and alter denim jeans. We will focus on mending rips (hand sew) and altering/taking in denim (demo on the sewing machine). This is a practical workshop that wishes to draw attention to the joyous satisfaction, environmental importance, and money saver - that is mending one's clothes.

Monday 14th March

Primark Hand-Sewing Techniques Workshop

When: 11:30 – 12:30 Where: Primark, 14-28 Oxford Street, W1D 1AU, London

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A quick fix master class, where you'll learn simple techniques to be able to repair your clothes and give them a longer life.

Join fashion designer Lorraine Mitchell for a one hour hands on Love it for Longer Repair Workshop, all about basic hand-sewing techniques. No experience required!

You'll leave knowing about different hand sewing techniques (and had a practise yourself), meaning you can mend, alter or update your loved Primark clothing. Lorraine will show you simple sewing hacks appropriate for everyday busy lives.

We'll provide everything you need to take part. Up to ten people will be able to join us in the specially prepared sewing corner within our Oxford Street East store, where social distancing and safety measures will be in place.

Primark want all of its clothing to be loved and worn for a long time and these workshops are just one of the ways they are doing that. You can read more at www.primark.com/primark-cares.

Primark Zips Workshop

When: 13:00 – 14:00 Where: Primark, 14-28 Oxford Street, W1D 1AU London

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A quick fix master class, where you'll learn simple techniques to be able to repair your clothes and give them a longer life.

Join fashion designer Lorraine Mitchell for a one hour hands on practical Love it for Longer Repair Workshop, all about zips! No experience required!

You'll leave knowing about different zips and methods of attachment (and had a practise yourself), meaning you will be able to mend, alter or update your loved Primark clothing.

We'll provide everything you need to take part. Up to ten people will be able to join us in the specially prepared sewing corner within our Oxford Street East store, where social distancing and safety measures will be in place.

Primark want all of its clothing to be loved and worn for a long time and these workshops are just one of the ways they are doing that. You can read more at www.primark.com/primark-cares.

Primark Hand-Sewing Techniques Workshop

When: 14:30 – 15:30 Where: Primark, 14-28 Oxford Street, W1D 1AU London

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A quick fix master class, where you'll learn simple techniques to be able to repair your clothes and give them a longer life.

Join fashion designer Lorraine Mitchell for a one hour hands on Love it for Longer Repair Workshop, all about basic hand-sewing techniques. No experience required!

You'll leave knowing about different hand sewing techniques (and had a practise yourself), meaning you can mend, alter or update your loved Primark clothing. Lorraine will show you simple sewing hacks appropriate for everyday busy lives.

We'll provide everything you need to take part. Up to ten people will be able to join us in the specially prepared sewing corner within our Oxford Street East store, where social distancing and safety measures will be in place.

Primark want all of its clothing to be loved and worn for a long time and these workshops are just one of the ways they are doing that. You can read more at www.primark.com/primark-cares.

Primark Buttons Workshop

When: 16:00 – 17:00 Where: Primark, 14-28 Oxford Street, W1D 1AU London

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A quick fix master class, where you'll learn simple techniques to be able to repair your clothes and give them a longer life.

Join fashion designer Lorraine Mitchell for a one hour hands on Love it for Longer Repair Workshop, all about buttons and sewing techniques. No experience required!

You'll leave knowing about different button types & methods of attachment (and had a practise yourself), meaning you will be able to reattach buttons and even update your loved Primark clothing with new style buttons.

We'll provide everything you need to take part. Up to ten people will be able to join us in the specially prepared sewing corner within our Oxford Street East store, where social distancing and safety measures will be in place.

Primark want all of its clothing to be loved and worn for a long time and these workshops are just one of the ways they are doing that. You can read more at www.primark.com/primark-cares.

Tuesday 15th March

Petit Miracles: Learn How to Upcycle Furniture Workshop (Beginner)

When: 18:00 – 20:00 Where: Petit Miracles Interiors, 1st Floor, West12 Shopping Centre, Shepherds Bush Green Road, London, W12 8PP

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Workshop created for those starting out, and eager to learn the basics! We will teach you how to transform furniture the Petit Miracles way. The small group sessions will be tailored to your skill level and experience. All furniture, tools & materials are supplied.

Wednesday 16th March

Repair Café – Core Mending Skills Workshop

When: 10:30 – 12:30 Where: Repair Café, Whitgift Centre, 21 North End, Croydon, CR0 1TY

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An introduction to hand-sewn repairs for absolute beginners or those who feel in need of a refresh. Whether you want to extend the life of your clothes to save money or save the planet – or both! – this workshop will teach you how to carry out the most common fixes. You will learn how to sew on a button, repair a split or ripped seam using backstitch and ladder stitch, and mend a hem with herringbone stitch.

Samantha Georgiou X Crisis – Islington Ice Dying Workshop

When: 11:00 – 16:30 Where: Shop from Crisis Islington, 211 Upper Street, London, N1 1RL

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The Islington team are excited to welcome Samantha who is an expert in the process of using ice & dye to customize anything from bed sheets to clothing. Please drop us a message via Instagram if you would like to join us experimenting in-store! And you can also drop in any clothes you’d like to repair or dye earlier in the week.

Bike Repair Workshop with Westminster Wheels

When: 12:00 – 14:00 Where: Eccleston Yards Courtyard, Belgravia, SW1W 9AZ

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Join us in Eccleston Yards for a bicycle repair workshop including how to complete a bike safety test and repairing a puncture.

Repair Café – Core Mending Skills Workshop

When: 13:30 – 15:30 Where: Repair Café, Whitgift Centre, 21 North End, Croydon, CR0 1TY

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An introduction to hand-sewn repairs for absolute beginners or those who feel in need of a refresh. Whether you want to extend the life of your clothes to save money or save the planet – or both! – this workshop will teach you how to carry out the most common fixes. You will learn how to sew on a button, repair a split or ripped seam using backstitch and ladder stitch, and mend a hem with herringbone stitch.

Camden Cyclists' Bike Workshop with Kentish Town City Farm

When: 14:00 – 16:00 Where: 1 Cressfield Close, London, NW5 4BN

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A mechanic will show you how to check your bike and then teach you how to do any necessary repair yourself. The mechanics have their own tools and some basic spare parts (brake pads, cables, inner tubes, repair kits) which you can buy (cash only). If your bike needs a part we haven’t got, then you can bring it with you to the next workshop. The workshop will focus on easily do-able repairs, like cables, tyres/inner tubes, tuning gears etc, as these are the type of things that people will be able to do for themselves in the future.

Blackfen Community Library and London Borough of Bexley Textiles Upcycling session

When: 14:00 – 16:00 Where: Blackfen Community Library and Rooted Coffee House, Blackfen Road, Blackfen, DA15 9LU

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Come along and create something from an old item of clothing. Learn some handy techniques to upcycle any unwanted items you may have lurking in the back of your wardrobe!

Thursday 17th March

Primark Hand-Sewing Techniques Workshop

When: 09:30 – 10:30 Where: Primark, 1, Kings Mall Shopping Centre, W6 0PZ London

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A quick fix master class, where you'll learn simple techniques to be able to repair your clothes and give them a longer life.

Join fashion designer Lorraine Mitchell for a one hour hands on Love it for Longer Repair Workshop, all about basic hand-sewing techniques. No experience required!

You'll leave knowing about different hand sewing techniques (and had a practise yourself), meaning you can mend, alter or update your loved Primark clothing. Lorraine will show you simple sewing hacks appropriate for everyday busy lives.

We'll provide everything you need to take part. Up to ten people will be able to join us in the specially prepared sewing corner within our Hammersmith store, where social distancing and safety measures will be in place.

Primark want all of its clothing to be loved and worn for a long time and these workshops are just one of the ways they are doing that. You can read more at www.primark.com/primark-cares.

Repair Café – Core Mending Skills Workshop

When: 10:30 – 12:30 Where: Repair Café, Whitgift Centre, 21 North End, Croydon, CR0 1TY

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An introduction to hand-sewn repairs for absolute beginners or those who feel in need of a refresh. Whether you want to extend the life of your clothes to save money or save the planet – or both! – this workshop will teach you how to carry out the most common fixes. You will learn how to sew on a button, repair a split or ripped seam using backstitch and ladder stitch, and mend a hem with herringbone stitch.

Primark Buttons Workshop

When: 11:00 – 12:00 Where: Primark, 1, Kings Mall Shopping Centre, W6 0PZ London

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A quick fix master class, where you'll learn simple techniques to be able to repair your clothes and give them a longer life.

Join fashion designer Lorraine Mitchell for a one hour hands on practical Love it for Longer Repair Workshop, all about buttons and sewing techniques. No experience required!

You'll leave knowing about different button types & methods of attachment (and had a practise yourself), meaning you will be able to reattach buttons and even update your loved Primark clothing with new style buttons.

We'll provide everything you need to take part. Up to ten people will be able to join us in the specially prepared sewing corner within our Hammersmith store, where social distancing and safety measures will be in place.

Primark want all of its clothing to be loved and worn for a long time and these workshops are just one of the ways they are doing that. You can read more at www.primark.com/primark-cares.

Sunny Jar Eco Hub: Clothes Mending Workshop

When: 11:00 – 12:30 Where: 1 Gladstone Place, Bow, E3 5ES, Idea Store Bow, London, Roman Road

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Learn simple hand sewing skills to repair and extend the life of your clothes. You will learn how to fix small holes, ripped seams and sew a button on. Bring along clothes that need mending.

Primark Hand-Sewing Techniques Workshop

When: 12:30 – 13:30 Where: Primark, 1, Kings Mall Shopping Centre, W6 0PZ London

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A quick fix master class, where you'll learn simple techniques to be able to repair your clothes and give them a longer life.

Join fashion designer Lorraine Mitchell for a one hour hands on Love it for Longer Repair Workshop, all about basic hand-sewing techniques. No experience required!

You'll leave knowing about different hand sewing techniques (and had a practise yourself), meaning you can mend, alter or update your loved Primark clothing. Lorraine will show you simple sewing hacks appropriate for everyday busy lives.

We'll provide everything you need to take part. Up to ten people will be able to join us in the specially prepared sewing corner within our Hammersmith store, where social distancing and safety measures will be in place.

Primark want all of its clothing to be loved and worn for a long time and these workshops are just one of the ways they are doing that. You can read more at www.primark.com/primark-cares.

Repair Café – Core Mending Skills Workshop

When: 13:30 – 15:30 Where: Repair Café, Whitgift Centre, 21 North End, Croydon, CR0 1TY

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An introduction to hand-sewn repairs for absolute beginners or those who feel in need of a refresh. Whether you want to extend the life of your clothes to save money or save the planet – or both! – this workshop will teach you how to carry out the most common fixes. You will learn how to sew on a button, repair a split or ripped seam using backstitch and ladder stitch, and mend a hem with herringbone stitch.

Primark Zips Workshop

When: 14:00 – 15:00 Where: Primark, 1, Kings Mall Shopping Centre, W6 0PZ London

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A quick fix master class, where you'll learn simple techniques to be able to repair your clothes and give them a longer life.

Join fashion designer Lorraine Mitchell for a one hour hands on practical Love it for Longer Repair Workshop, all about zips! No experience required!

You'll leave knowing about different zips and methods of attachment (and had a practise yourself), meaning you will be able to mend, alter or update your loved Primark clothing.

We'll provide everything you need to take part. Up to ten people will be able to join us in the specially prepared sewing corner within our Hammersmith Street store, where social distancing and safety measures will be in place.

Primark want all of its clothing to be loved and worn for a long time and these workshops are just one of the ways they are doing that. You can read more at www.primark.com/primark-cares.

Paddington Library Clothes Alterations & Repairs Workshops

When: 14:00 – 16:00 Where: Paddington Library, 45 Porchester Road, London, W2 5DU

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Learn simple sewing techniques and repair skills. The workshop is free and provides you with a great chance to extend the life of your favourite garments. All abilities welcome. There's no need to book a place, just turn up. Places are allocated on the day on a 'first come, first served' basis.

UCL Big Repair Project: Citizen Science

When: 14:00 – 15:00 Where: Online

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Find out more about the Big Repair Project – citizen science about fixing home appliances and electronics across the UK. Join researchers from UCL to hear more about current findings from the project. With Q&A.

Friday 18th March

Ealing Repair Cafe at Acton Market

When: 10:00 – 14:00 Where: Acton Market, The Mount, King Street, London W3 9NW

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Ealing Repair cafe will be at Acton Market giving out basic patching and darning kits to get people started in mending their clothes.

Crisis Fix & Stitch Class

When: 13:00 – 15:00 Where: Cafe from Crisis, 74 Kingsland High St, London E8 2NS

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Our seamstress volunteer Susan will be running a fix and stitch class in our café area. Max 10 people, participation is free (donations are much appreciated). First 10 people to book it through Instagram (comments on post).

Repair Café – Core Mending Skills Workshop

When: 13:30 – 15:30 Where: Repair Café, Whitgift Centre, 21 North End, Croydon, CR0 1TY

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An introduction to hand-sewn repairs for absolute beginners or those who feel in need of a refresh. Whether you want to extend the life of your clothes to save money or save the planet – or both! – this workshop will teach you how to carry out the most common fixes. You will learn how to sew on a button, repair a split or ripped seam using backstitch and ladder stitch, and mend a hem with herringbone stitch.

Saturday 19th March

Customisation Workshop: Brought to you by Primark & The Fashion School

When: 10:30 – 12:30 Where: Primark, Westfield White City Shepherds Bush

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The aim of our workshops is to inspire young people to prolong the life of their existing and pre worn clothes by introducing their own individual identity and unique style.

No need to sew, students can create their own look or even personalise logos using various creative methods.

This event is for 12 year olds+ (maximum of 20 young creatives). Please bring along an item of clothing you would like to customise.

Primark want all of its clothing to be loved and worn for a long time and these workshops are just one of the ways they are doing that. You can read more at www.primark.com/primark-cares.

Zero Waste Hub: Dr Bike Sessions

When: 11:00 – 15:00 Where: Woodberry Down Community Primary School Woodberry Grove, Woodberry Down, London N4 1SY

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At Dr Bike sessions experienced mechanics check everything on your bike from wheels, brakes, gears and tyre pressure to lights, racks, pedals, saddles and more.

Any minor adjustments they can make to the bike they do there and then. Anything they can't fix on site they will let you know exactly what needs doing and a rough guide to what it should cost at a bike shop.

All Cycle Confident mechanics have a wealth of cycling knowledge so feel free to pick their brains about cycle training or other cycling activities.

Zero Waste Hub: Clothes Repair Sessions

When: 11:00 – 15:00 Where: Woodberry Down Community Primary School Woodberry Grove, Woodberry Down, London N4 1SY

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The sessions focus on sharing repair skills to extend the life of your clothes. They provide an opportunity to repair or re-fashion your pre-loved items and meet like-minded people to share these skills and knowledge, regardless of ability. You can make clothes alterations, sew on buttons, fix torn seams, replace drawstrings, and more.

Hackney Fixers Party

When: 11:00 – 15:00 Where: Woodberry Down Community Primary School Woodberry Grove, Woodberry Down, London N4 1SY

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Lazy laptop? Vacant vacuum? Mixed-up mixer? You don't want to dump it without at least trying to fix it, but you need some advice.

Book a slot and bring your device along and our volunteers will help you pinpoint the problem, show you how to fix it, provide repair advice and give helpful tips to help you restart your gadgets.

Part of Zero Waste Hubs from London Borough of Hackney.

Covid safety: This event will be indoors. Please don't attend if you have any symptoms or are required to self-isolate - just cancel and let us know. We request that all attendees wear face coverings during the event. We will offer hand sanitiser on arrival and sanitise tools and equipment before each session. Please keep to your allocated fixing table.

Zero Waste Hub: Laptop Donation

When: 11:00 – 15:00 Where: Woodberry Down Community Primary School Woodberry Grove, Woodberry Down, London N4 1SY

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Donate your laptop and this will be given to local schools and community projects. Visit the event link above to pre-register your donation to Hackney Fixers at the Zero Waste Hub.

Petit Miracles: Open Studio Day

When: 11:00 – 14:00 Where: Petit Miracles, First Floor, West 12 Shopping Centre, Shepherds Bush Green, W12 8PP

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Come and see how we do it! Take a peek in our workshops, chat with staff and other, likeminded upcyclers! Grab a brush, and join in on our ‘community chest’ project, or simply watch our team in action! No need to book, just pop in to our Shepherds Bush Makerspace.

Petit Miracles: Introduction to Upholstery Workshop

When: 11:00 – 14:00 Where: Petit Miracles, First Floor, West 12 Shopping Centre, Shepherds Bush Green, W12 8PP

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Join us in the Petit Miracle Interiors workshop and learn from our experienced team, the basics of modern upholstery. We will cover tools and materials used, along with helpful transferable techniques and methods for other projects too!

LOANHOOD x Kensington and Chelsea Clothes Swap & Repair

When: 11:00 – 16:00 Where: Kensington Central Library, Phillimore Walk, London, W8 7RX

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We are holding a free Clothes Swap and Repair Event on Saturday 19th of March in Kensington Central Library. You can exchange up to 5 unwanted, clean and good quality items. There will be a local seamstress to repair clothes for a small fee and Traid will provide clothing repair workshop.

East London Waste Authority Repair Festival in Barking

When: 11:00 – 14:00 Where: Stratford Library, The Grove, E15 1EL

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If you have an item that needs mending, pop into the free Repair Café in Stratford Library on Saturday 19 March. It’s being opened as part of London Repair Week run by the East London Waste Authority and supported by the Council.

Whether it’s a broken bike, holey jumper or temperamental toaster – don’t throw it away, mend it! Take your item along to the Repair Café at 3 The Grove from 11am-2pm. Organisations will be on hand with tips and practical help, including the Baby Bank HQ, Trailnet CIC for free bike MOTs and TCLReUse offering small furniture and electrical repairs.

Restoring your items instead of buying new means fewer virgin materials are used to make products; less water and energy is used in the production process; there are fewer emissions and transport impacts; and you save money!

You can register: mailto:enquiries@eastlondonwaste.gov.uk or 0208 724 5803 (Option 2).

Delgarno Trust Repair Event

When: 14:00 – 18:00 Where: Dalgarno Neighbourhood Trust Ltd, 1 Webb Close, London, W10 5QB

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We have teamed up with a community led group West Central London Fixers, affiliated with Restart Project where we run free electronic repair events for our local residents.

Sunday 20th March

Stitches Academy: Sew with Purpose - Children’s Workshop

When: 11:30 – 12:30 Where: Whitehall Historic House

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Learn hand-sewing techniques that you can use to save your favourite clothes and do your bit to save them from land-fill for years to come. Come along and learn how to upcycle a garment using water-soluble embroidery patches, personalising and embellishing it to create a new look.

Aimed at children from 7-14 years. (Children must be accompanied by an adult.) Cost £2 in advance.

Stitches Academy: Sew with Purpose - Children’s Workshop

When: 13:00 – 14:30 Where: Whitehall Historic House

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Learn hand-sewing techniques that you can use to save your favourite clothes and do your bit to save them from land-fill for years to come. Come along and learn how to upcycle a garment using water-soluble embroidery patches, personalising and embellishing it to create a new look.

Aimed at children from 7-14 years. (Children must be accompanied by an adult.) Cost £2 in advance.