TRAID’s hand sewing sessions are a quick and easy way to put recycling and reuse into practice, and improve craft and needlework skills at the same time. Pupils get creative with scraps of fabrics, scavenged safety pins and discarded buttons turning textile waste into a brooch, accessory or craft piece they can take home. In the process, they will learn or refresh basic sewing and customisation skills. Creatively reusing waste encourages pupils to value the materials around them rather than throwing them into the bin.

  • We start the workshop with a short discussion about recycling, re-use and up-cycling.
  • For inspiration we use our ethical fashion label TRAIDremade to show how new things can be made from textile waste and cast offs.
  • Pupils are introduced to an array of textile waste materials including fabric scraps, discarded buttons, old beads and broken jewellery.
  • We demonstrate some essential up-cycling skills to get pupils started.
  • Pupils work on their ideas and use the materials on hand to create a brooch, accessory or craft piece.
  • Pupils present their pieces to the class for feedback and discussion.
  • Topics Covered

    Waste Prevention, Recycling, Reuse, Up-cycling, Ethical Fashion, TRAID, TRAIDremade, Sewing Skills, Design