Learn Basic Sewing Skills to

Repair and Upcycle

The most significant opportunity for reducing the environmental impact of clothing lies in increasing the active life of the clothes we wear. So Earthtime's UP Project runs regular sewing classes where we teach everything from hand sewing techniques to setting up and using a sewing machine, how to repair or alter garments, put a zip in etc. We also run drop in sessions for people to come along with their clothes mending, alteration projects or fabric upcycling ideas to get advice and suggestions, and work alongside and learn from other participants enthusiastic about sewing and upcycling. These activities all upskill people to have the confidence to carry out their own simple clothing repairs and creative fabric upcycling projects. We also run crafty upcycling workshops to turn reusable fabric into fabulous new items. And you can drop in any time the Up Project shop is open and we'll show you how to darn socks too! 

Both the sewing classes and the drop in sessions are staffed by a friendly, creative and experienced tutor and a volunteer keen to help you learn new skills and develop existing ones. For more information or to book on a course  please visit the UP events page  or talk to one of our friendly staff in our High Street Hub. You can also book through our Facebook page.

Sewing Drop-in Sessions
Wednesdays 10am-12noon every week starting 25 July (except 19 September and 17 October).

Come along to our weekly drop-in sewing sessions for advice, use of a sewing machine or just a chat while you repair, refashion or upcycle garments or other fabric items. These sessions do not include lessons but someone will be on hand to help if you need it.

No need to book, check website and Facebook page for any changes to dates. 

95% of discarded clothing can be repaired, recycled or upcycled.

"The workshop has given me so much more confidence to try making things, upcycling things and to actually use my sewing machine rather than just leaving it sitting in its box."