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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.

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!

The Repairathon is Back for April

The Clothing Repairathon took a bit of a hiatus for the winter, but it’s time for a new season. On April 26th, we’ll be back at Artscape Wychwood Barns, alongside The Stop’s Farmers’ Market, the same great venue as our very first event. We’ll be repairing clothing from 8:30am to 12:30pm.

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

Speaking of which, we’re looking for more volunteers, for the April event and others. Please let us know if you’d be interested in helping with repair or event coordination. There’s no commitment necessary.

Also, don’t forget other great events happening soon:

Lastly, it looks like our sister group in Edmonton has been doing great. Check out this video of them on the news.

Kensington Market today

Sorry for the extra emails (for those who get this blog by email), but it turns out that our intrepid volunteer Sue will be doing clothing repairs today (September 29) as part of Kensington Pedestrian Sunday. Just like last time at Kensington, this will be in front of 63 Kensington Avenue, roughly 1-5pm.

Our event Saturday was a great success, but I will post full details of that later on 🙂

September Repairathon at St Lawrence Market

I’m excited to announce that the next Clothing Repairathon will be at St Lawrence Market, on Saturday September 28th. If you’ve got a dress with a missing button or a t-shirt with a hole, bring it on down and we’ll get that fixed up.

We’ll be there from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Specifically, we’ll be in the North building, next to the stage and close to the North Market Administration Office, right across from the Rowe Farms stall.

If you are interested in volunteering (with or without sewing experience), please let us know, we’re always looking for more help.

This event is also on Facebook.

Other news of note:

  • I’ve added a new page to our website to provide information for venues and events who would like to host a Repairathon
  • Our friends at the Repair Café posted a recap of their August event. Don’t forget that their upcoming events are September 14 and October 19
  • In addition to the Toronto Tool library fundraising for a second tool library (and makerspace), Hacklab.to, one of Toronto’s existing maker spaces is also fundraising for their move to a larger location. Both organizations help more people have access to tools, machinery, and knowledge, for repair and otherwise.

August Repairathon(s)

I’m happy to announce our next Repairathon.

It turns out that getting enough volunteers for weekend events in the summer can be a bit tricky, what with everyone’s vacations. We had some plans for July events but decided that it would be too difficult to run them without enough people. If you know anyone who might be interested in helping us out, let us know!

So, the next Repairathon will be… Saturday, August 17, noon to 3:30pm. We’ll be part of the York-Eglinton International Street Festival, at Maria A. Shchuka Library, 1745 Eglinton Avenue West. Our friends from the Repair Café will also have an information booth there. You can also find our event on Facebook.

Speaking of the Repair Café, their next event is even sooner, Saturday August 10, 10am-2pm. There will clothing repair there as well.

Lastly, did anyone see us in us in SNAP? They’ve got photos from our last major event, with volunteers Emily and Sue.

Kensington Recap and more

I’ve finally got the summary and photos from last Sunday’s event, but first a few items of news.

  • Tomorrow, Repairathon volunteers will be at both the Really Really Free Market and the Toronto Repair Café. We won’t have a sewing machine, but we should have a good supply of thread. While not full-sized Repairathons, this will be our first time at two events at once, not to mention how soon it is after our last event.
  • Our new volunteers Emily and Sue (see recap below) are so fantastic, they want to come back to Kensington Pedestrian Sunday again. The next one is July 28th, and I expect we will be there. Fuller details on this to come.
  • If you’ve been following our blog on our website, or by getting posts by email, then you may not have noticed that the Repairathon is also on Twitter. Twitter isn’t for everyone, but I use it to post shorter messages more frequently than on the website, and sometimes highlight interesting news or other events that don’t make it onto the website.
  • The Repairathon has been getting more and more interest. We’re starting to get asked to hold events at particular times and places, and we will let you know when we’ve decided on any. I have also gotten a request from someone in Edmonton on advice on starting a Clothing Repairathon there. I hope it will be the second of many cities to join us!

Okay, on to notes from our third Repairathon, at Kensington Market on Pedestrian Sunday.

Our volunteers Sunday were Emily, Sue, and Michael (myself). Look forward to more information about who are volunteers are in an upcoming post. I took the photos this time, so I’m not in any of them, but HiMY SYeD was walking by, loved the idea, and posted photos on the Toronto Wiki, and I’m in some of those.

Over the course of the day we “only” repaired about fifteen or so articles of clothing, but we were still pretty busy most of the time. Our first work came in 20 minutes before we were scheduled to start, and we were still working away on last-minute items half an hour after our scheduled end.

We handled rips and tears, missing buttons, and more. The three of us kept handing off a man’s shirt to each other, not wanting to tackle the awful state of the worn-away collar until Sue finally decided to use some ‘new’ fabric from the back of the collar as a patch on the top, even aligning the grid pattern… it may be the most impressive repair I’ve seen, and the description doesn’t do it justice. Of course, it turns out the owner only wanted us to fix a small hole in the shirt that we hadn’t even noticed. Oops :-).

I showed one man how easily it was to replace a button, and I think next time, he’ll try it himself. This really underscores how much our group needs to figure out the best way to teach repair skills. Emily also provided a lot of advice, as people asked her all sorts of questions about making a tablecloth, a tie-dyed toga, a more.

Most people who came by read about us in NOW magazine, thanks to a nice mention in their can’t-miss events. We also had quite a few people walk by and excitedly run home to bring us something to fix. We love the smiles on people’s faces when we help make their favourite clothing wearable again.

Emily and Sue, hard at work

Emily and Sue, hard at work

Someone decided we could hang finished clothing until it was picked up, and a nice store-owner across the street lent us some hanger

Someone decided we could hang finished clothing until it was picked up, and a nice store-owner across the street lent us some hanger

Emily with happy "customers"

Emily with happy “customers”

These two were glad they walked by our table that day

These two were glad they walked by our table that day

Sue between happy "customers." Sue did the yoga pants, Michael fixed the sweater
Sue between happy “customers.” Sue did the yoga pants, Michael fixed the sweater

Overall, it was a lot of fun, and we couldn’t have done it without Emily and Sue. Also thanks very much to Patrick of Pedestrian Sunday for arranging for us to be there and making sure we had a table and electricity. Looking forward to our next events 🙂

Come see us at Kensington Pedestrian Sunday

I’m exited to announce that the third Clothing Repairathon will take place on June 30th, at Kensington Pedestrian Sunday. You can find the event on Facebook as well.

Each summer, during a handful of Sundays at Kensington Market, the streets are blocked off to vehicles and the streets come to life (even more so than usual). There will be lots of vendors (food and otherwise) and other activities, and this time… a Clothing Repairathon.

You’ll find us at 63 Kensington Avenue. Our volunteers will be there from 1pm to 5pm, to fix your clothing, for free. Please limit what you bring to about 2-3 items per person to be fair to everyone, and don’t forget to thank the volunteers! We’ve been asked many times to accept monetary donations, and we’re still working to determine who that money would go to if we did collect any.

As always, 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.

See you there!