How to find time to mend clothes

Top tips for ticking clothes mending off your to do list

Since I’ve been teaching people to mend their clothes the more of my own clothes I have to mend. Karen, a regular workshop attendee, asked if we ever give up on an item of clothing. No is the answer and I think that is why my mending pile seems to be larger than ever. I did mend my clothes before I taught the workshops but I might give up more quickly on an item that wasn’t a quick fix. We have been running the workshops for four years and I rarely give up on an item of clothing. Choosing to repair, refresh and upcycle them into something else. Here are my top tips on how to find time to mend your clothes.

1. Keep the clothes visible

Where do you keep your clothes that need to be repaired? I find if I put them in the wardrobe or drawers they never seemed to get fixed. I place mine in a small basket close to my wardrobe reminding me to mend them.

2. Mending kit

Keep a small sewing or mending kit to hand. You don’t need much equipment, a variety of needles, a few threads, yarns and patches of fabric. The most important thing is a sharp pair of scissors that you only use for fabrics and threads. Read our blog on how to build a repair kit.

3. Our free online mend-a-long

Time is definitely an issue when it comes to clothes mending. We’ve been running a monthly mend-a-long online for the past couple of years to encourage people to mend their clothes. An hour once a month when a group of us get together to chat as we mend. It isn’t a formal teaching session but all clothes mending and upcycling questions are welcome. We learn of techniques we might not have thought of from people who join us from all over the UK and sometimes the US. Scroll down for joining details, everyone is welcome.

free online clothes repair workshop

We are thrilled to announce that we have received £500 of funding for our online mend-a-long project through Localgiving Magic Little Grants Fund which is supported by Players of People’s Postcode Lottery – It means we are able to keep running this online-mend-along for free for a year, thank you to everyone who plays the People’s Postcode Lottery! We meet on the first Monday of the month (unless there is a bank holiday and we are taking a break in August).



I understand that it isn’t always quick and easy to fit clothes mending into your week. But sometimes it can be the smallest mends that prevent us from wearing our clothes. Whether that is a lost button or a small hole. Join us for a collective mending session and be amazed how much you can get repaired in an hour.

Clothes mending workshops for May

Our clothes mending workshops were super busy in April. Both in person at The Create Place and online via Zoom. It is really encouraging  that so many of you want to mend your clothes, saving them from landfill to be worn again. We really appreciate the enthusiasm you bring to our workshops, chatting and helping each other with tips on clothes mending and how to live a bit more sustainably. Thanks to everyone who joins in to create this friendly and welcoming community. We are looking forward to being back in Bethnal Green and Brixton this month after a break for the Easter holidays. Please scroll down for workshop booking details.

Join us for a workshop

The Create Place
We are back  on the 9th and 23rd May this month. We are already full for the 9th May but we have lots of places for the 23rd if you want to book your place. Either book via Eventbrite or send us an email to hello@fastfashiontherapy.co.uk to book your place. 

The Remakery
We are back in Brixton on the 16th May. Bring along a couple of items of clothing to repair and we will help get you started.  If there are any particular materials you need, please let  us know in advance. We only have a couple of sewing machines so please bring along some hand sewing repairs too. Book via Eventbrite, £3.50

Online via Zoom
We welcome new attendees to our group of regulars who log in from around the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. It is an opportunity to get through our clothes repairs whilst we chat and share tips, it isn’t a formal teaching session but please ask questions. Join us on 6th June. As a subscriber to this newsletter you will automatically receive joining details.


We have been keeping a basic list of all the clothes that everyone has been bringing with them to our workshops. The idea is that we can compile a basic audit of the number and type of garments that people repair. An audit of the amount  garments that we have all saved from landfill. We will share the half year results before the summer.

The Create Place x Fast Fashion Therapy

A regular sewing workshop: Eleanor and Sarah are on hand to help you repair and upcycle your clothes, practice techniques on examples or bring along your own clothes to repair and alter.

We are a friendly and inclusive group, feel free to share ideas with others on how we can mend and refashion clothes to reduce textile waste.

We have space for 8 people around one large table. 4 sewing machine places and 4 hand sewing spaces. We provide an individual basic sewing kit for you to use during the class plus some materials. All you need to bring is one or two items of clothing you want to repair, alter or refresh. Here are a few ideas on what people bring along.

  • At the Create Place, Bethnal Green
  • 2nd and 4th Monday of the month
  • 6:30 to 8pm
  • Free, please book your place
  • Email us on hello@fastfashiontherapy.co.uk to book your place, or search for ‘Fast Fashion Therapy’ on Eventbrite

About Us

Fast Fashion Therapy is a sewing workshop that encourages the repair, upcycling and remodelling of used clothes, looking to break our habit to always buy new. A collaboration between Eleanor & Sarah, the original idea for the name came from creating a workshop space that acted as a practical therapy for our collective addiction to fast fashion.

The Create Place x Fast Fashion Therapy

A regular sewing workshop: Eleanor and Sarah are on hand to help you repair and upcycle your clothes, practice techniques on examples or bring along your own clothes to repair and alter.

We are a friendly and inclusive group, feel free to share ideas with others on how we can mend and refashion clothes to reduce textile waste.

We have space for 8 people around one large table. 4 sewing machine places and 4 hand sewing spaces. We provide an individual basic sewing kit for you to use during the class plus some materials. All you need to bring is one or two items of clothing you want to repair, alter or refresh. Here are a few ideas on what people bring along.

  • At the Create Place, Bethnal Green
  • 2nd and 4th Monday of the month
  • 6:30 to 8pm
  • Free, please book your place
  • Email us on hello@fastfashiontherapy.co.uk to book your place, or search for ‘Fast Fashion Therapy’ on Eventbrite

About Us

Fast Fashion Therapy is a sewing workshop that encourages the repair, upcycling and remodelling of used clothes, looking to break our habit to always buy new. A collaboration between Eleanor & Sarah, the original idea for the name came from creating a workshop space that acted as a practical therapy for our collective addiction to fast fashion.

The Create Place x Fast Fashion Therapy

A regular sewing workshop: Eleanor and Sarah are on hand to help you repair and upcycle your clothes, practice techniques on examples or bring along your own clothes to repair and alter.

We are a friendly and inclusive group, feel free to share ideas with others on how we can mend and refashion clothes to reduce textile waste.

We have space for 8 people around one large table. 4 sewing machine places and 4 hand sewing spaces. We provide an individual basic sewing kit for you to use during the class plus some materials. All you need to bring is one or two items of clothing you want to repair, alter or refresh. Here are a few ideas on what people bring along.

  • At the Create Place, Bethnal Green
  • 2nd and 4th Monday of the month
  • 6:30 to 8pm
  • Free, please book your place
  • Email us on hello@fastfashiontherapy.co.uk to book your place

About Us

Fast Fashion Therapy is a sewing workshop that encourages the repair, upcycling and remodelling of used clothes, looking to break our habit to always buy new. A collaboration between Eleanor & Sarah, the original idea for the name came from creating a workshop space that acted as a practical therapy for our collective addiction to fast fashion.

The Remakery x Fast Fashion Therapy

The Remakery presents LIVE workshops with Fast Fashion Therapy.

Fast Fashion Therapy are now holding a regular workshop on a monthly basis at the Remakery, 51 Lilford Road, SE5 9HA

  • Every 3rd Monday of the month, 6:30 to 8pm
  • Cost £3.50 per person

Book via Eventbrite

More Information

A regular sewing workshop: Eleanor and Sarah are on hand to help you repair and upcycle your clothes, practice techniques on examples or bring along your own clothes to repair and alter.

We are a friendly and inclusive group, feel free to share ideas with others on how we can mend and refashion clothes to reduce textile waste.

We have space for 12 people. 2 to 3 sewing machine places and the rest hand sewing spaces. We provide an individual basic sewing kit for you to use during the class plus some materials. All you need to bring is one or two items of clothing you want to repair, alter or refresh. Here are a few ideas on what people bring along.

Fast Fashion Therapy

Fast Fashion Therapy is a sewing workshop that encourages the repair, upcycling and remodelling of used clothes, looking to break our habit to always buy new. A collaboration between Eleanor & Sarah, the original idea for the name came from creating a workshop space that acted as a practical therapy for our collective addiction to fast fashion.

The Remakery

The Remakery was born in 2012 out of a disused car park in South London. Located between Brixton and Camberwell, our not-for-profit maker-space has fostered a community of makers, artists, local residents and enterprises that have been breathing new life and creativity into things destined for landfill.

Encouraging people to actively rethink, recover, reuse and redistribute surplus materials

The Create Place x Fast Fashion Therapy

A regular sewing workshop: Eleanor and Sarah are on hand to help you repair and upcycle your clothes, practice techniques on examples or bring along your own clothes to repair and alter.

We are a friendly and inclusive group, feel free to share ideas with others on how we can mend and refashion clothes to reduce textile waste.

We have space for 8 people around one large table. 4 sewing machine places and 4 hand sewing spaces. We provide an individual basic sewing kit for you to use during the class plus some materials. All you need to bring is one or two items of clothing you want to repair, alter or refresh. Here are a few ideas on what people bring along.

  • At the Create Place, Bethnal Green
  • 2nd and 4th Monday of the month
  • 6:30 to 8pm
  • Free, please book your place
  • Email us on hello@fastfashiontherapy.co.uk to book your place, or search for ‘Fast Fashion Therapy’ on Eventbrite.

About Us

Fast Fashion Therapy is a sewing workshop that encourages the repair, upcycling and remodelling of used clothes, looking to break our habit to always buy new. A collaboration between Eleanor & Sarah, the original idea for the name came from creating a workshop space that acted as a practical therapy for our collective addiction to fast fashion.

Fabric Care & Repair after your Period – (Online Sewing Workshop & Kit)

An online sewing workshop sharing practical skills to help remove the shame from saving your clothes & textiles after period stains.

About this event

In the run-up to International Women’s Day, we’re inviting you to join us for an online workshop that hopes to remove the shame from caring for and repairing your clothes and bedding after your period stains them. We’re donating £10 from the sale of each ticket to the charity Bloody Good Period and joining them in saying #NoShameHere.

This online workshop will take you through a few practical skills to help you care for your textiles after they are stained by your period. We’ll cover the best way to wash them to prevent staining, how to replace the inside lining of your underwear when it’s too stained and decorative patching and stitching techniques that celebrate your repair rather than hiding it.

Your ticket will include a sewing kit that we will send in the post to you in time for the workshop. This will include: – a selection of patches of cotton and jersey fabric, two coloured sewing threads, a paper template and 2 needles. You will need to supply your own scissors, safety pins/dressmaking pins, a pencil and A4 sheet of plain paper.

The workshop will be held over Zoom, we will send the joining details for the workshop to you via email before the workshop.

Bloody Good Period provides menstrual products to asylum seekers, refugees and those who can’t afford them. We’ve worked with more than 100 partnering drop in centres, women’s groups and food banks throughout the UK. We also provide a burgeoning education programme which works with those groups to establish excellent menstrual, sexual and reproductive health literacy in refugee communities.

Fast Fashion Therapy is a sewing workshop that encourages the repair, upcycling and remodelling of used clothes, looking to break our habit to always buy new. A collaboration between Eleanor & Sarah, the original idea for the name came from creating a workshop space that acted as a practical therapy for our collective addiction to fast fashion. The workshop also offers a therapeutic space for slowing down and taking a more mindful approach to fashion.

The Remakery x Fast Fashion Therapy

The Remakery presents LIVE workshops with Fast Fashion Therapy.

Fast Fashion Therapy are now holding a regular workshop on a monthly basis at the Remakery, 51 Lilford Road, SE5 9HA

  • Every 3rd Monday of the month, 6:30 to 8pm
  • Cost £3.50 per person

Book via Eventbrite

More Information

A regular sewing workshop: Eleanor and Sarah are on hand to help you repair and upcycle your clothes, practice techniques on examples or bring along your own clothes to repair and alter.

We are a friendly and inclusive group, feel free to share ideas with others on how we can mend and refashion clothes to reduce textile waste.

We have space for 12 people. 2 to 3 sewing machine places and the rest hand sewing spaces. We provide an individual basic sewing kit for you to use during the class plus some materials. All you need to bring is one or two items of clothing you want to repair, alter or refresh. Here are a few ideas on what people bring along.

Fast Fashion Therapy

Fast Fashion Therapy is a sewing workshop that encourages the repair, upcycling and remodelling of used clothes, looking to break our habit to always buy new. A collaboration between Eleanor & Sarah, the original idea for the name came from creating a workshop space that acted as a practical therapy for our collective addiction to fast fashion.

The Remakery

The Remakery was born in 2012 out of a disused car park in South London. Located between Brixton and Camberwell, our not-for-profit maker-space has fostered a community of makers, artists, local residents and enterprises that have been breathing new life and creativity into things destined for landfill.

Encouraging people to actively rethink, recover, reuse and redistribute surplus materials