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Chiswick clothes repair

Brentford local mending group opening up in Hounslow. Running every last Friday of the month with volunteers at hand to help teach you how to mend your own clothes.

Brentfords clothes repair

Brentford local mending group opening up in Hounslow. Running every last Friday of the month with volunteers at hand to help teach you how to mend your own clothes.

Cleaning your iron

Ealing Repair Cafe has a travel iron that was kindly donated for our sessions but it has gained marks on it. Yvonne, who volunteers at our sessions has a great and simple solution, paracetamol. Yvonne makes beautiful quilts and discovered this through one of her groups, as quilting can use a lot of starch onContinue reading “Cleaning your iron”

Sewing Kit Basics

Do you know your seam ripper from a needle threader? Ealing Repair café put together this list and guide for what you need in a basic sewing kits. If you can put your hands on these, it should get your started in patching, and darning Have a look at our sewing mending guides. Black andContinue reading “Sewing Kit Basics”

Christmas Jumpers

Love or hate them Christmas Jumpers are promoted at this time of year. Fundraisers, Christmas work parties and with a limited time to wear them it’s always good to repurpose or buy second hand. However, with two out of five Christmas jumpers only being worn once over the festive period says Hubbub, it’s a primeContinue reading “Christmas Jumpers”

Books on repairing and alterations

These are a selection of mending books along to our Ealing Repair Cafe sessions. Each has a review of what the book covers.

Up-cycling for Cop26

It’s been a busy few weeks at Ealing Repair Cafe. We have been busy up-cycling and creating for COP26: UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021. an upcycled hi-vis vest into a bike flag and some sashes and armbands for volunteers with ActforEaling. So not had much time for mending in the last few weeks! SoContinue reading “Up-cycling for Cop26”

Trainers & Shoe Darns

For Great Big Green Week, Ealing Repair Cafe was invited to the St Stephens Big Green Fair. It was lovely to meet lots of keen people want to do their bit for the environment. I took along with me, examples of my mends, our darning and patching leaflets and lots of equipment to help peopleContinue reading “Trainers & Shoe Darns”

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