Next Cafe to be held at Brighton University’s Green Week Event

We will be taking part in Brighton University’s Green Week by holding a repair cafe at the Grand Parade Campus cafe from 12-4pm… Exciting!


Students and staff please bring along clothing and textiles to repair there will be sewing machines availbale.

Or pop along to have a chat about future repair cafe sessions.

First (official-un-official) Repair Cafe

What a great repair session! Last Saturday’s theme was textiles and clothing with a particular focus on darning.

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The talented Tom of Holland came bearing darning mushrooms, wool and needles and showed us how to use visible mending to repair our holey (not holy) clothes.

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Socks were brought

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and mended

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as were slippers

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and other knitwear

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and a pair of boots.


Then there was the revival of my treasured gloves…

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using a crochet hook to repair the ladder on the thumb


then blanket stitch to reinforce the edge and to stop it laddering again

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before sewing the ends diagonally across the inside of the glove (because according to Tom knots won’t hold).


The finished gloves repaired with contrasting thread to make sure the repair is visible… so satisfying!

Darn it!

Breaking news…

This Saturday we will have Tom of Holland (one of our repair expert volunteers) joining us to share his knitwear darning expertise:


If you have socks with holes in, jumpers with worn out elbows or clothes that moths have been munching bring them along and learn how to darn them better.

We will have some needles, threads and darning mushrooms at the cafe but if you have any you can bring that would be most helpful.

The cafe will run from 11am-3pm this Saturday (23rd February) at Bom-Banes (24 George St  Kemp Town, Brighton BN2 1RH).

We will also have sewing machines set up for those who would prefer and you are welcome to bring other items to repair by hand.

If you would like to become one of our repair expert volunteers please email us via

Repair Cafe – Pilot Part Deux

Our second trial Repair Cafe was held in Bom-Bane’s again. With new people coming to mend a mixture of things.


As it was 1st December old wool was turned into Christmas pom-poms.


Broken necklaces were remade into bracelets and new necklaces.


Jasmin learnt how to make a bracelet.


…And plans were made for the new year


Our first pilot Repair Cafe

A hive of activity

Our first Repair Cafe took place on 17th November 2012 at the fantastically quirky Bom-Bane’s (


The theme was sewing and textile repairs and a good crowd turned up and got busy repairing and chatting. We were pleased to have Cat Fletcher from Freegle ( join us for the session.

Qingyun learns how to use a sewing machine

Qingyun learnt to use a sewing machine for the first time, under Izzie’s guidance.