London’s Sustainable Christmas Market | Buyagift

Sunday, 1 December 19, 10am to 5pm

Core Clapton, 161 Northwold Road, London, E5 8RL

Learn to create conscious and creative gifts at FREE minimal-waste workshops, and explore the marketplace for sustainable presents that won’t cost the earth.

We are hosting a free workshop at the event:
Learn how to transform your old clothing or charity shop finds into unique and bespoke pieces with a few simple tricks! Starting with either a men’s jumper or shirt, this workshop will take you through how to use simple cutting and hand-stitching techniques to add decoration and change them into entirely new pieces of clothing. The workshop will leave you with the right skills and greater confidence to carry on upcycling other items in your wardrobe at home. All materials will be provided including the original jumper or shirt, yarns and sewing kit.

Workshops are free and include:

– Wreath making with The Flower Factory London
Creative jumper upcycling with Fast Fashion Therapy
– Soap-making with Bottega Zero Waste
– Terrarium-making with Little Drop of Green
– Yoga and meditation from the experts at cult gym Frame
– Plus advice and inspiration from some of the UK’s biggest thought – leaders and sustainability influencers

Head to the marketplace anytime from 10am to 5pm for a unique opportunity to shop from leading brands who are trailblazing new ways to live and give sustainably, offering everything from sustainable scents and skincare, to conscious fashion and upcycled jewellery.

Visitors will be able to wrap newly bought gifts using eco-friendly materials at Buyagift’s free ‘Sustainable Gift-Wrap Station’, get biodegradable glittered up, and make the most of free manicures and massages designed to soothe and slow down visitors at this busy time of year. Bring tupperware to buy waste-free produce from refillable store Patoka.

There will also be the opportunity to sample vegan and sustainable food and drink that will planet-proof your Christmas menu; including festive mulled cider from the food waste pioneers at Rejuce.

Streatham Festival 2019: Creative Clothing Repair Workshop

We’re leaving our regular home in East London and heading down south for a creative clothing repair workshop as part of Streatham Festival, a community-organised festival that includes music, dance, art and food events around the Streatham area from 11th-20th October. The workshop will be held at the Streatham Tate Library on Tuesday 15th October between 4 pm-6 pm. For more information and to buy your ticket check out the Eventbrite page – 

Fair Fashion Fair: Sun 28 April

By Bety’s Closet Swap Shop

At Refettorio, London SW5. Click here for more details on Facebook

As part of Fashion Revolution Week 2019 we are joining Betsy’s Swap Shop Fair Fashion Fair. A fun day to swap clothes and learn beginner’s darning skills and patching techniques to help you mend and up-cycle old and damaged clothes. Click here to pre-book tickets for the swishing event, which costs £10 and includes food and refreshments.

Boro style patching workshop

The workshop will take you through the basics of these ‘visible mending’ and classic repair techniques, starting by fixing holes in knitwear, and then learning both ‘boro’-style patching and invisible patching. We’ll leave you with the skills and information to keep you fixing at home! All materials and kit will be provided. £5 contribution to take part – paid on the day at workshop – The workshop is sold out but come along to take part in the swishing event. Stop by our workshop in case we have had any last minute cancellations and can fit you in.

This workshop is part of Fair Fashion Fair for Fashion Revolution Week 2019

Pebblefest: Sat 27 April, London

Join us for some #everydayactivism at Pebble Magazine’s first ethical festival, Pebblefest. We are taking our Fast Fashion Therapy on the road and demonstrating
how to repair clothes through darning and patching.

Tickets are £12 (free for under 12’s), find us at Flat Iron Square, 68 Union Street, London SE1 1TD. Our demonstration take place at 13:30 and 17:30. The festival is on all day with a wide range of talks, workshops, ethical shopping, live music and cocktails. Click here to buy tickets and to discover the full list of participants.

Fast Fashion Therapy

A sewing workshop encouraging repair, up-cycling and remodelling of used clothes, looking to break our habit to always buy new. Fix holes in jeans, darn jumpers, shorten sleeves or create a new outfit from something already in the wardrobe. Bring along an item of clothing to repair or re-work into something new. Or practice basic techniques on the examples provided. Help will be given with ideas and basic sewing knowledge. Suitable for beginner sewers who need some help or more experienced sewers looking for a dedicated space and time to sew. We are a friendly and collaborative group, be prepared to share ideas and help others.

A free, regular workshop takes place on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month, 6:30 to 8:30pm. Click here for a calendar of dates. Find us at The Create Place, 29 Old Ford Road, London E2 9PJ. All equipment provided including a small amount of fabric and trims. The workshop is facilitated by Eleanor & Sarah. Email us at to book your space and find out more or sign up for our regular newsletter.

We also run workshops at events around London. Click on ‘Events’ in the menu bar above to find out more. Please email us on if you would like us to deliver a workshop at your event.

We hope to see you at a workshop soon, Eleanor & Sarah