Repair and rewear

You don’t have to throw out your clothes just because they’re damaged, don’t fit or you’re just bored of them. There are lots of ways to repair, upcycle or even swap your clothes with other people.

Swishing (clothes swapping events)

Swishing parties are events where you can swap your clothes with other people. You could do it informally with a group of friends or organise a community event in a local village hall. Read advice on running a swishing event.

Repair cafes

There are now repair cafes taking place in DorkingFarnhamGuildford, Merstham and Reigate. Simply take along your damaged clothes and experts will help you repair them.


There are a variety of courses to help you learn how to repair and upcycle your clothes. Adult learning from Surrey County Council includes basic sewing courses, dress making, soft furnishings, patchwork, quilting, embroidery and needlecraft. Visit the adult learning website to find out more.

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