Make a Christmas Gift


500 people will make a gift for a loved one this Christmas.

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Project Starter

The Fabric Swatch

Short description:

We're looking for 1000 people who will commit to making one gift for a loved one this Christmas. Sign up by 30th November, and let's use December to source materials and create something special.

Once you've signed up, we will be in touch from the 1st December and invite you to our community Facebook group where we will share gift ideas

Sign up opens: 05 Nov 2019

Sign up closes: 31 Dec 2019

Goal / impact

Aim: Less (meaningless) consumption during Christmas.

Like many holiday's Christmas has become more about consuming than family and Church (the origin if anyone remembers). This has led the season to contribute 30% more waste than any other time of the year. We over-consume when prices drop during black Friday and overspend on gifts - approximately £700million is spent on unwanted gifts.

The average UK adult is said to spend around £330 buying Christmas presents, and the average child receives 16 gifts in total. Let’s ask ourselves where all the wrapping paper, ribbons and bows end up too.

There is something beautiful about making something from scratch. Perhaps an apron to go with the needed kitchen set, or a new gown made by hand. To join the challenge, find one person you care about, a parent, friend, lover or child, think about something they’d appreciate and make it for them – if you find the experience rewarding and you’d like to make for more people, then keep making. We’ll create a platform to share our journey and tips throughout December.

We are based in London (and will be running craft and sewing workshops if you’d like to pop in and make something with us), but everyone is welcome to join!

I’m sure your handmade gift will dodge the unwanted gift pile. 

500 people will make a gift for a loved one this Christmas.

Other comments

We're a small London based group who collect fabric scraps from manufacturers, designers and fashion houses. We then share out the fabric to hobbyists, sewing classes and small businesses who can make use of scraps.

Our aim is to reduce fabric waste ending up in landfill and promote craft.