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.

Clothes mending workshops in London

Fast Fashion Therapy at The Create Place, Bethnal Green

Mending Monday was in full swing at The Create Place this week. Thanks to everyone who came along, here is how we got on…

Jess brought a few items along including these dungarees and a halter neck dress that had both ripped in the side seams. She pinned the seams back together before stitching them on the sewing machine. She finished off the edges with a zig zag stitch to prevent the seams from fraying. Jess also fixed a blouse where the sleeve had come away from the cuff. She brought the fabric down to the inside of the cuff and fixed it with a zig zag stitch on the sewing machine. 

Sarah returned with another pair of jeans to fix. They had the common problem of fraying on the inner thigh seam and in the knee.  Sarah didn’t want to throw the jeans away as there was nothing wrong with the rest of the denim. She used the sewing machine to secure the patch and cover the holes with a zig zag stitch. Sarah also brought a blouse where the sleeves were too tight. She cut off the sleeves and is in the process of neatening the edges to create a sleeveless blouse.

Eileen brought along this beautiful printed skirt which sadly has a couple of rips in the back. She didn’t want to give up on the skirt so is repairing it with a patch. Rummaging in the fabric stash, Eileen found this happy clashing patch to reinforce the weak fabric on her skirt. She started to repair the tear using a Boro stitch.

Connor brought along a couple of pairs of jeans to repair that had holes in them. He had never used a sewing machine before… As you can see, he did a great job patching the jeans using a zig zag stitch on the sewing machine. And a bright red contrast stitch on the reverse. 

Karen was busy recovering a seat cushion cover and ask questions on how to mend a blouse and a pair of trousers that had ripped. It is work in progress so we will post photos on a later newsletter. Want to join us? scroll down to find more information on how to join one of our in person or virtual workshops…

Want to join us to mend your clothes? We host regular workshops on a Monday evening:

1st Monday of the month – virtual (and free) mend-a-long via Google hangout. Sign up for our newsletter for joining details.

2nd and 4th Monday of the month – at The Create Place, Bethnal Green. Email us to book your free place.

3rd Monday of the month – The Remakery, Brixton. Book via Eventbrite, £3.50 per person.

We often host other workshops in and around London. Sign up for our newsletter for more details or get in touch if you would like us to host a workshop at your event.