Have you got your Christmas jumper ready for the festive season?

It’s estimated that UK consumers are likely to spend in excess of £300m on Christmas jumpers over the festive period, and 40% of those who wear them plan on doing so just once or twice.

This year, instead of buying another Christmas jumper, how about jazzing up the one you wore last year?

Free festive sewing workshops give Londoners the skills to make their Christmas jumpers sparkle

Have fun and save money this Christmas by jazzing up an old jumper

Love Your Clothes London, which promotes sustainable fashion in the capital, is hosting free festive themed workshops across the capital to help Londoners to create a unique Christmas jumper.

The workshops, which will involve expert crafters showing attendees how to make simple repairs and alterations using a combination of hand and sewing machine techniques, will take place in 15 locations around London.

Free festive sewing workshops give Londoners the skills to make their Christmas jumpers sparkle

Upcycling can be simple and cheap, and makes a big difference to the environment

“The festive season can be a time of excess and waste, but we want to show people how simple and cheap changes can really make a huge difference to their wardrobes and the environment,” said Ali Moore, Love Your Clothes London.

Free festive sewing workshops give Londoners the skills to make their Christmas jumpers sparkle

Get creative and have fun creating your unique Christmas jumper, with free help from Love Your Clothes London

As well as saving us all money and helping us create one-off designs, upcycling clothes has important environmental benefits. Extending the life of a piece of clothing by an extra nine months reduces the carbon, water and waste impacts of that garment by around 20-30%, according to recent research.

By saving money through upcycling your Christmas jumper you’ll have a bit more cash to treat yourself or loved ones this festive season. All you need to bring to the free workshop is a plain jumper or top from your wardrobe or local charity shop. Click here for more details and to sign up to the events.

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