Repairathon April 30 at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind

Toronto Clothing Repairathon will be mending clothing for free April 30 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m.at the CNIB Centre, 1929 Bayview Ave. The event is open to CNIB clients but the public is also welcome to attend. Come by with clean clothing in need of small repairs, not more than 2-3 per person.

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Love sewing? We are always looking for volunteers! No minimum experience required. If you are interested in helping us help others, please sign up with our event planning app. You can also join the Repairathon group on Google Groups for our general discussion and event announcements.

Repairathon at Wychwood Barns Farmers’ Market April 9 and May 14

Repairathon is kicking off spring with our first events of the year at Wychwood Barns Farmers’ Market, April 9 and May 14 from 8 a.m. till noon.

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Bring life back to your spring wardrobe by having your clothes mended by our group of talented volunteers. Tear in your jeans? Missing a button? We’ll repair it for free. Come by with clean clothing in need of small repairs, not more than 2-3 per person.

Want to join us? We’re always looking for volunteers to lend a hand repairing by hand or machine. No minimum experience necessary. If you are interested in helping out, please sign up with our event planning app. You can also join the Repairathon group on Google Groups for our general discussion.

Repairathon at YIMBY Festival Oct. 31

Repairathon will be sewing up a storm at the YIMBY (Yes in My Backyard) Festival Saturday, Oct. 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Look for our table in the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.

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Have a tear in your jeans? Need a button sewn on? Stop by and we’ll fix it. Feel free to come by with clean clothing in need of small repairs, not more than 2-3 per person.

We’re always looking for more volunteers, so if you’d like to help out, let us know. You don’t need to know how to sew, and it’s not a big commitment. For more information on volunteering, click here!

Repairathon is back at Withrow Park Farmers’ Market Aug. 29

Repairathon will be sewing up a storm at Withrow Park Farmers’ Market Saturday, Aug. 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We had so much fun last time that we’ve come back for more!

Have a tear in your jean? Need a button sewn on? Stop by and we’ll fix it for free. Feel free to come by with clean clothing in need of small repairs, not more than 2-3 per person.

And look out for our new Repairathon banner!

We’re always looking for more volunteers, so if you’d like to help out, let us know. You don’t need to know how to sew, and it’s not a big commitment.

For more information on how to volunteer, click here!

Repairathon is back! April event at Wychwood Barns

The Clothing Repairathon is back after a long winter! We are hosting our first event of the year Sunday, April 26 at Artscape Wychwood Barns as part of Barns Upcycle day. We’ll be repairing clothing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bring clean clothing in need of small repairs, not more than 2-3 per person, and don’t forget to thank our volunteers.

We’re always looking for more volunteers, so if you’d like to help out, let us know. You don’t need to know how to sew, and it’s not a big commitment.

For more information on how to get involved, click here.

YIMBY Festival

Our next Repairathon is going to be part of the fantastic YIMBY Festvial. The Yes In My Backyard Festival is…

a celebration of community-based ideas and action in Toronto. The festival is free and open to all, providing a social space for people and groups involved in locally-driven community development to gather, exchange ideas and strategies to affect change, and imagine the future of our city.

At this year’s YIMBY Festival, we’ll welcome 60+ Toronto-based groups involved in community development, civic literacy, neighbourhood improvement, environmental action, arts and culture, and economic development. The Marketplace area will focus on collaborative consumption, featuring organizations and businesses that are helping to strengthen the shareable economy movement in Toronto.

The festival is Saturday, September 27, 11am–4pm at University of Toronto Schools, 371 Bloor Street West, just by Spadina. Bring clean clothing in need of small repairs, not more than 2-3 per person, and don’t forget to thank our generous volunteers. Please do not bring clothing later than 3pm, to give time to complete everything.


Our last event at SharefestTo was a great success. I didn’t post a recap largely because I forgot to take any photos, but you can see photos and comments by everyone else on Twitter. There’s also one photo of us on Facebook. Thanks so much to volunteers Jenny, Barbara, Ruth, Emily, Eva, and Michael (myself).


Other items of note:

  • A Sewing Workshop run by Transition Toronto is coming up on September 11, 7pm to 9pm at the Toronto Tool Library east location, 1803 Danforth Ave. The cost is $8 for Transition members, $10 otherwise
  • The next Repair Cafe is September 13, 10am-2pm at Skills for Change, 791 St. Clair Ave. West
  • The great Really Really Free Market is sadly on hold for the time being. They need some new volunteers, especially anyone with a car or cargo bike. It’s been a monthly event where anyone can leave or get things at no cost. When the event is over any leftover items must be taken to charities, hence the need for transportation. If you are interested in helping, please contact them at rrfmarket@gmail.com.

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SharefestTO is this Wednesday evening! From the Sharefest page,

Come meet local organizations involved in Toronto’s sharing economy and discover how to make sharing part of your lifestyle.

We invite you to join us for a night of great food, drinks, conversation and activities.

The Toronto Clothing Repairathon will be there along with the Repair Cafe, AutoShare, Bike Share Toronto, The Toronto Tool Library, Snakes and Lattes, Trade School Toronto, Swapsity, Not Far From the Tree, and quite a few other great organizations. Some will be interactive, such as ours (repairing clothing,) and Swapsity, which is hosting a book swap.

Sharefest is Wednesday, July 16, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, at CSI Annex. That’s 720 Bathurst Street.

See you there!

 

Other upcoming events by others:

  • Transition Toronto is hosting a sewing workshop on September 11. $8 for members, $10 otherwise.
  • Upcoming Repair Cafes
    • Aug 9 at Toronto Reference Library
    • Sep 13 at Skills for Change
    • Oct 18 at Toronto Public Library – Cedarbrae Branch
    • Nov 22 at Skills for Change

Brickworks Recap

This past Saturday the Toronto Clothing Repairathon made its debut appearance at the Evergreen Brickworks Farmer’s Market, as part of the 100 in a Day event that took place across the city. Our enthusiastic volunteers spent the afternoon stitching tears, mending seams, and breathing new life into people’s ripped and tattered clothing.

Our volunteers for the day were Barbara, Ruth, Bianca, Emily, and Michael, and our customers were ecstatic with the work they did. (We were ecstatic with the generosity of our customers, who purchased coffee, samosas, and other treats for us to much on while we worked. How sweet!)

This Repairathon wasn’t as busy as some past events, but this gave us an opportunity to interact with our lovely customers,  take on a few more time-consuming repairs, and explore the farmer’s market, which boats a huge array of vendors, produce, fresh meat, and just about everything else you can think of. Overall, it was a really fun day and we helped lots of people see their old clothing in a new light.

Here are some photos of the event:

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Bianca, Emily, Barbara, and Ruth repairing garments and chatting with customers

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Barbara posing with a happy customer after converting a long-sleeved shirt with a giant elbow hole into a short-sleeved shirt

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Our volunteers hard at work

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No more spilled gummy bears for this man after Barbara repaired a hole in his grocery bag

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And another happy customer, who no longer commits an act of indecent exposure every time she wears her favourite jeans

Other upcoming events

  • Tomorrow (Saturday) is the next Repair Café
  • We may have several Repairathons in July, which we’ll announce as soon as we finalize the details.

Repairathon tomorrow at Brickworks

Just a reminder that we’ll be repairing clothes tomorrow (Saturday) at Evergreen Brickworks, as part of 100 in 1 Day.  We’ll be there from 9am-12:30am, alongside their fantastic farmers’ market. Also don’t forget, you can you can get there by bike, TTC from Davisville, or free bus from Broadview station. I believe we will be at the south end near the entrances from the parking lot.

Bring clean clothing in need of small repairs, not more than 2-3 per person, and don’t forget to thank our generous volunteers.

Other items to note

  • If you can’t make it to the Repairathon, check out the Really Really Free Market, which is also tomorrow.
  • A week after the Repairathon is the next Repair Café, this time at North York Central Library. Their events are great, and they do repairs of everything, not just clothing.
  • The Toronto Environmental Alliance is running a Waste-Free Challenge. They’ve posted 10 simple actions you can take right now to reduce waste, and they’ve got prizes too 🙂

 

 

June 7 at Evergreen Brickworks

Our next event will be our first one at Evergreen Brickworks. This will be part of 100 in 1 Day, with many events intended to make our cities better places, in four Canadian cities happening all at the same time. You can see the full list of Toronto events on their website.

We’ll be there Saturday June 7th, from 9am-12:30am, alongside their fantastic farmers’ market. For those of you who haven’t been, Evergreen Brickworks is also a great nature spot, and has all sorts of other activities. You can get there by bike, TTC from Davisville, or free bus from Broadview station.

Bring clean clothing in need of small repairs, not more than 2-3 per person, and don’t forget to thank our generous volunteers. See you there!