Repair Cafe Blog

Sustainable Clothing Material Guide

Good on you have done the detective work for us and written the ultimate clothing material guide to the vast selection of fabrics found in clothes that you can find on shop shelves, in your wardrobe and fabric shops.

Fabric Swap and Sale

Come along and get some lovely fabric at Days for Girls sale and swap on Sunday 23 April 3pm until 5.30pm, at Northfields Community Centre, Ealing. Bring cash and as much or as little fabric you want to swap, as there is always plenty of fabric to chose from.

Mends for Jeans

Jeans are the more hard-wearing clothes in our wardrobe and designed to last. However as we do wear them a lot, jeans still need patching usually around the crotch or knees. Here’s a few examples of how we make some almost invisible and visible mends. Rear end mend! These jeans ripped on the rear along…

Setting up a Clothes Repair Group

Our guide to set up your own clothes repair cafe, giving you suggestions on what you need and how to go about setting up sessions.

Sewing needles guide

When buying hand sewing needles it’s worth investing in good quality needles and getting a variety so you have the right size and type to use for the mend you are doing. A variety pack can be a good way to get a range without a big outlay. Needle Basics Below are some useful technical…

Sugru: a new type of mend

We love Sugru at Ealing Repair Cafe for fixing things. It is mouldable like plasticine and dries like rubber. The Sugru website is full of project inspiration, fixes and hacks of what to apply Sugru to. Have you got any favorites for using Sugru it for mending? Ealing Repair Cafe fixes Here’s a selection of…

Sustainable wins: Fabric Wrapping

What do you do at birthdays, Christmas and celebrations things to make it sustainable? We used to end up with a huge pile of wrapping paper every birthday and Christmas but now we have very little as we have swapped to reusable wraps and bags. At Christmas the amount of wrapping paper thrown away at…

Ealing Repair makes a difference

Mary, our founder and volunteer for Ealing Repair Cafe was nominated for the Environmental category for the BBC Radio London Make a difference award. The full details of all the nominated BBC Radio London Environment projects nominated on Facebook Make a difference Award. BBC Radio London’s Make a Difference Awards were held at Ronnie Scott’s…

Water dissolvable patching with Sulky

Want to do something a bit different when mending your clothes? Try covering holes to with embroidery in the shape of moths or butterflies using sulky stabilizer.

Ealing Repair Cafe Sewing Machine and bag

We kindly had a sewing machine donated to Ealing Repair cafe. Its great to be able to offer the sewing machine again. Although the majority of repairs are easier done by hand, some mends are quicker and easier using the machine. At Ealing repair cafe, we can only help with repairs, for sewing lessons or…


Something went wrong. Please refresh the page and/or try again.

boro boys brentford Christmas clothes community darn denim embroidery ethical fabric fashion fixing Furoshiki Greenwash group guide hounslow jeans Laundry machine Mending needles patch Patching repair Reuse sashiko sewing shoes stitch Sugru sulky sustainable swap t-shirts trousers upcycled Upcycling visible mending waste yarn

Follow My Blog

Get new content delivered directly to your inbox.

%d bloggers like this: