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Makerspace North

250 City Centre Avenue

#216

Ottawa, ON K1R 6K7

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Repair don't toss! Swap, don’t shop!

Bring clothing or textiles in need of repair, and learn how to sew, darn, felt, and patch your way back to useable clothing through one-on-one and hands-on demonstrations. Browse used clothing and yarn/knitting supplies while you wait at the concurrent swap event, and bring your own unwanted items to contribute. Drinks and cookies provided.

First come, first fixed! All welcome to take part in the swap and watch demonstrations, without bringing items to fix. Tickets not required to take part in the swap, only if you want to bring an item to learn to mend.

Due to limited space, please bring only one item per person. Remember to bring the right color of thread or yard, buttons, zippers and any other replacement parts you might need to mend your item!

Some new things this time around:

We have a leather worker on hand to fix your torn bags and clothes.

Bring your broken unbrella for a make over.

Bring socks and a darning needle and thin wool or thread and join our darning circle, happening throughout the night.

Boomerang Bags will be on site showing you how to make 1 metre of recycled fabric into a shopping bag, please bring your own fabrc and thread (or see what you can pick up in the swap).

Ever wonder how a serger works? One of our stations will have a serger where you can watch a demo of this powerful machine at 7pm.

Swap rules:

  • no limit to how much you can bring or take, but no hoarding of items or taking items to sell later.
  • items will be loosely sorted into type, youth/children, infants, accessories, footwear, linens/housewear and outerwear – please help us out by place your items accordingly when you arrive or directing one of the volunteers as to where items belong.
  • items should be relatively clean – from storage is okay as long as there are no strong odours or other storage related issues.
  • damaged items are okay to bring.
  • leftover items will be repurposed or donated to charity.
  • bring a bag or two (or more) to take home your items.
  • bags can be left in the designated “claimed” area during browsing/repairs – do not remove items from other people’s bags.
  • if you're bringing things to swap, come at 6:30pm to organize your clothes/yarn.

A collaborative, and free, event by Sustainable Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Tool Library!

Donations to either, or both, organizations welcome, but not required.

If you haven't been to the tool library, be sure to check out the directions and accessibility information here. We're kinda tricky to find. ;)

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Makerspace North

250 City Centre Avenue

#216

Ottawa, ON K1R 6K7

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