Free love your clothes workshop

Hounslow residents are invited to sign up for a free sewing workshop.

Published: Monday, 17th October 2016

Hounslow residents are invited to sign up for a free sewing workshop and learn how to repair or alter their favourite fashions.

The Love Your Clothes repair workshop takes place on Thursday 26 October, from 12noon to 3pm at Hounslow Library, Treaty Centre, TW3. The workshop is free but you must book in advance.

The event, which is supported by Hounslow Council, is part of the West London Waste Authority [WLWA] “Love Your Clothes” campaign and the Recycle for London project, which is promoting re-use and repair of clothes that might otherwise be thrown away.

The workshop will teach participants how to make simple alterations to clothes, such as lift or lengthen a hem, sew on buttons or make buttonholes. There is also the chance to learn how to repair a zip or fix a tear plus mend and darn holes.

Those attending the session will be able to ask questions, bring in their own clothes to get advice on how to mend them and see repairs made on other clothes.

Councillor Amrit Mann, Hounslow Council’s deputy leader, said: “Each year in the UK, two million tonnes of clothing and textiles worth over £150m are thrown away and have to be incinerated or dumped in landfill. Not only is this damaging to the environment, but it also costs councils millions of pounds each year in resources and landfill costs.

“Learning to sew can not only be an enjoyable experience but also a very useful tool, especially as it could mean wearing a favourite outfit just a bit longer.”