Free Make Do and Mend workshops in Mansfield

Why not refresh, improve, mend or completely transform old clothes and fabrics?

Instead of throwing away old clothes and fabrics why not refresh, improve, mend or completely transform them for the new season. As part of a reuse awareness project, Veolia, (Nottinghamshire County Council’s waste contractor) are giving Nottinghamshire residents the opportunity to attend a Make Do and Mend sewing workshop at the Materials Recovery Facility in Mansfield.

Book a free place on one of the creative workshops to learn the basics of using both a sewing machine and sewing by hand. Projects might include working on alterations and adaptations to clothes in your wardrobe so they can be reused rather than disposed of, updating a patchwork quilt, repairing overalls or sportswear, or reusing fabric to make a bag, aprons, cushions or decorations.

Workshops are open to any Nottinghamshire residents* aged 7 and over. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. All skill levels are welcome to attend - from complete novice to experienced sewers.

The next workshop is being held on Monday 11th February 2019 from 6.00pm to 9.00pm.

Limited spaces are available and booking is essential.

Book online at www.veolia.co.uk/nottinghamshire/makedoandmend, by emailing

[email protected] or by calling 0203 567 3431.

For centuries cloth was considered to be a valuable commodity and clothes were regularly maintained and repaired to prolong garment use. In today’s ‘fast fashion’ society the value of clothing has changed dramatically to that of a throwaway society and the practice of repairing or altering clothing has largely disappeared.

Victoria Thacker Communications Manager for Veolia in Nottinghamshire said ‘The interest and creative potential in mending or altering garments is popular within craft communities, but in general damaged clothing is typically discarded with general waste rather than repaired and reused. The Make Do and Mend workshops are being held to help everyone, whether male, female or child to ensure that everyone can have the chance to repair, alter and reuse their garments and love their clothes for longer.’

All equipment is provided and attendees will discover:

  • A range of sewing and alteration techniques,
  • How to repair and alter on your own with confidence, to help avoid clothes and other textiles going to waste,
  • And why it’s important to ensure that no textiles go into the kerbside recycling bins.

Suzanne Rawlinson from Oh Sew Suzy who will be leading the workshops said, ‘The workshops are for all abilities in a relaxed environment, to help you to refresh or revamp garments which are just too good to be cast aside... from old favourites, to your new purchases which may need a little tweaking. Don't be nervous! Bring your garments along and we`ll guide you through the difficult bits.’

As part of the workshop visitors will also be given the opportunity to see firsthand what happens to their recycling once it leaves the kerbside.


Upcoming workshop dates:
Monday 11th February 6.00pm to 9.00pm Neckwear!
"Scraps to Scarves" Learn how to make an infinity scarf from fabric samples. and "All Tied Up" - Investigate and learn how to use old/unused men's ties to make a range of items.

Friday 12th April 9.00am to 12.30pm "Curtains to Carriers"
Old and unused curtains have lots of useful fabric - learn how to turn the material into a useful reusable shopping bag.

Tuesday 28th May 9.00am to 12.30pm "Textiles for Tails"
Pamper your pet with accessories made from scrap fabric - perhaps a coat or bandana for your pup, or a cushion for your cat!

Wednesday 5th June 6.00pm to 9.00pm "Upcycle your party"
Planning a summer get-together, prepping for wedding season or wanting to go green your garden party? Learn how to make bunting and other accessories from old/unwanted textiles.

More dates will be released for the second half of the year