Make Thrift London celebrates creativity through a passion for handmade, being thrifty and leaving a more gentle footprint on our earth. Crafting is a great way to kick back and discover your inner creativity. We help you discover new crafts and show you how to use these to revive overloved or forgotten items and give them a new lease of life!
Growing up with a mother who made every curtain and soft furnishing in our home, I took for granted the skill and passion that goes into making. It was only later, that I realised not everyone could sew and
After many years of trying different things, during my second year of studying Fashion Design at university I realised that, aside from all the conceptual design stuff, I just love sewing and making, and the thrill of turning a flat piece of fabric or some ‘old junk’ into something incredible. My Mum is a curtain maker and my Grandma started her own knitwear company, so I guess making is in my blood.
I know that lots of other people love making things too, so I dreamed of a place where people could come and make things whilst enjoying another of my favourite past-times, Afternoon Tea! So, after a lot of thought, I decided to leave uni and pursue this dream. I was lucky to have found out about The Prince’s Trust’s Enterprise programme. Being a part of that scheme has proved to be a great stepping stone for me.
I currently run pop-up sewing and craft workshops with a focus on make-do-and-mend, teaching people to be thrifty about what they throw away and to upcycle and reuse things instead. A creative way to learn more about how to live more sustainably. I run workshops for individuals and small groups from my home studio in North-West London and at various venues in London but on request can also travel further afield or to your home for parties or gatherings with friends. My workshops are tailor made around what the person or group wants to do so are very adaptable. I also exhibit and run workshops at craft fairs. I am currently fundraising to buy a camper van, fit it with solar panels and create a mobile craft station take my workshops nationwide.
My ultimate goal is to open a community lead Sewing/Craft Cafe in London with a make-do-and-mend ethos to enable me to teach a larger amount of people the skills needed be see for themselves, the value in everyday objects and clothing which they may otherwise throw away and to think more about the decisions they make every day and how they can live more sustainable lives. I hope to revive a make-do-and-mend culture and help people to appreciate the charm of something that’s handmade and unique and encourage reusing and upcycling, rather than buying the mass produced generic stuff from the high street. In this day and age of recessions, Brexit and such vast waste, we all need to think more about how we live our lives and the small changes we can commit to, to do our bit in making a difference.
In my blog I hope to document the journey of making my ideas a reality, sharing tips of greener creative living and invite you to join me. Along the way I’ll be sharing my thrifting tips, and some easy sewing and craft makes that you can try yourself, as well as my baking adventures and anything else exciting I get up to. So watch this space! Please join my journey by pledging your support on our Crowdfunding page.