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The social sewing community for people who can't sew (but want to give it a go!)

Project Preloved is a community hub for everything sewing, mending, and textile upcycling. We’re a social network, helping and learning from each other to make our clothes last. We want to get creative, save money, and reduce textile waste. Why not join our community today, we’d love to meet you!

At Project Preloved, we want to:

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Provide Merton residents with the skills and knowledge to extend the life of their clothing, saving money and enabling them to purchase higher quality, ethically produced garments.


Contribute to a circular economy through sharing ideas for upcycling textiles so when garments meet the end of their life, we can keep them in the loop
 

Mobilize a community around sewing, mending, and upcycling to share skills, ideas, and inspire each other to get creative.

What's on?

Join us for a FREE series of four beginner sewing workshops that will give you the knowledge to make your clothes last and, at the end of their life, upcycle them into something new. From basic stitching and mending techniques to upcycling your old t-shirt into a scarf, Project Preloved will cover it all!

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The Workshops

All workshops will take place at The Wilson Wellbeing Space,

The Wilson Hospital, Cranmer Road, London CR4 4LD

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Beginner hand stitching and mending techniques

Monday 22 November, 1.30 - 3.30pm OR 6.30 - 8.30pm

 

In this beginner sewing workshop, you'll learn basic mending and stitching techniques so you can repair your clothes and make them last. You'll also explore fun ways to get creative with stitching and create a personalised piece of stitched artwork to take home. 

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Intermediate garment alterations and repair

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Beginner upcycling projects
(scarf, ‘yarn’ from a t-shirt)

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Intermediate upcycling projects
(pillow case from a reusable bag, wash bag from an old t-shirt)

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Perks

Along with expert-led sewing workshops, each participant will receive a FREE beginner sewing kit and become a member of the Work and Play Scrapstore, London, where you can pick up free surplus arts and crafts materials.

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Why Project Preloved? The problem of textile waste

According to Wrap, a whopping £140m worth of clothing is sent to UK landfills each year! Extending the average life of clothes by just nine months could save £5 billion a year from the costs of resources in clothing supply, laundry and disposal. This reflects a 20-30% reduction in carbon and water footprints.

Wrap also found that around 30% of clothes in the household wardrobe have typically been unused for at least a year – worth over £1,000 per household. Most often, clothes are unused because they no longer fit.

At the same time, there is a fast fashion frenzy, with cheap, poorly constructed, and unethically produced clothing being bought and worn often only a few times before it is returned to landfill. Clothing production increased in the UK by 100,000 tonnes from 2012-16 and the UK has the third highest level of annual clothing waste in Europe at 4.7kg per capita.

What can you do to reduce your impact?

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Rent an outfit if there is a rental service nearby
 

Buy second hand clothes from a charity shop
 

Consider swapping clothes with friends to enhance your wardrobe
 

Buy better quality clothes
 

Take a sewing class so you can repair and upcycle your clothes to give them a new life (embroidery is a great way to close a rip in your jeans!)
 

Check the ethical rating of a brand before you buy (try the app “Good On You”)

Resources

Love Your Clothes
A website by Wrap with an abundance of information to inspire, influence, and educate consumers to make small conscious changes to reduce the impact of clothes on the environment. Includes advice for buying, caring, upcycling, and recycling.


Good On You
A website and app that allows you to check the ethical rating of a wide range of clothing brands.


Morden Library of Things
Located at Morden Library, you can borrow a sewing machine for £8 a day to bring your next project to life.

Work and Play Scrapstore
A treasure trove of surplus arts and crafts materials to inspire creativity. With an affordable membership, you can take as much as you want home for no additional cost.

 

Wrap
Read Wrap’s 2012 report, Valuing our clothes: The true cost of how we design, use and dispose of clothing in the UK. 

 

Fashion Revolution
A wonderful resource for those wanting to learn more about or get involved with the ethical fashion movement.

 

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Project Preloved was made possible through funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, distributed by Merton Giving. Thank you to #NationalLottery players!

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