Fancy a mini ethical fashion fest?

25th February 2011 by

Well, you’re in luck!  Our friends at The Papered Parlour are taking over the Museum of Childhood.  Workshops, live music, performance, and craft stalls – including our famous tetra pak wallet making workshop beckons you to join us and celebrate ethical fashion and its growing social movement.

When: Thurs 3rd March from 6:00-9:00pm
Where: Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA
Cost: free!

For further programme details, click here.


Fair Wares: Bicycle Tyre Belts you say??

26th October 2010 by

Following last month’s fab Fair Wares craft evening at DrinkShopDo we’re doing it again on Thursday 4th November 7-9pm.

Come along to convert a tyre into a hip belt.  We’ve salvaged lonely bicycle tyres to transform them into the next big fashion item!

When: Thursday 4 November from 7:00-9:00pm
Where: Drink Shop & Do, No 9 Caledonian Road N1 9DX (right near King’s Cross station)
Cost: £15.00 including all materials. For Otesha members, it’s free!

More info

There are lots of drinks, cake, tea pots and the shop is lurvely…

Tremendous tetra-paks into wonderful wallets

1st October 2010 by

Last month our Fair Wares craft evening at DrinkShopDo was such a storming success that we’re doing it again on Thursday 7th October 7-9pm (and in November we’re going to make bike tyre belts).

Come along, bring your friends, make recycled tetra-pak wallets (it’s a good life skill), decorate them so no one knows they’re made out of rubbish, drink nice drinks, eat nice food and chat to nice people (us).

When: Thurs October 7 from 7:00-9:00pm
Where: Drink Shop & Do, No 9 Caledonian Road N1 9DX (right near King’s Cross station)
Cost: £5.00 including all materials
More info: http://www.drinkshopdo.com

Did we mention that it’s only a fiver? And that there are drinks? Also, the shop is lovely.

How to make a tetra pak wallet!

3rd September 2010 by

Last night was piles of fun, hosting Otesha’s first Fair Wears craft night at Drink, Shop & Do. So many people turned up! Jo was expecting to be able to finish knitting her sock, but no! We were rushed off our feet answering questions about juice cartons and it was fab. So, I bet you’re wondering how you turn a juice carton into a beautiful creation, like the one in the picture above? Well..

First you need some good instructors, like us Otesha laydeez (next Fair Wears wallet-making sesh will probs be Thursday October 7th).

Then, you need some clean tetra paks, with the top and bottom cut off. Fold in along the sides.

Then fold into three sections, like super speedy Laura here, get out the scissors and do some snipping to get it into shape. Good visual instructions can be found here (although instead of using staples, we just leave an extra flap that we can tuck in to hold the wallet together).

You can leave it there and look pretty cool and parade your beverage of choice when you whip out your wallet, or you can take it a step further and cover it with fabric and add a fastener. I got out the needle and thread and covered mine with a flowery scrap of fabric, added a retro button and some red string to fasten it all together.

Voila! It used to be a cranberry juice carton. How it has gone up in the world.

This was cross-posted from hannamade

Revolutionary Resolutions

1st February 2010 by

According to some clever bloke on the Internet people have been making new years resolutions since 153BC. This month we challenge you to carry on the tradition and commit yourself to a green resolution.

We’ve resolved to:

  • Go to more swishing parties (that’s clothes swapping to us lay men)
  • Stop buying new clothes
  • Mend old clothes
  • Reuse water bottles and stop buying mineral water
  • Take showers inside of baths
  • Vegan it up two meals a day
  • Write more letters (to friends and MPs)
  • Protest more
  • Brave the weather and the traffic and cycle to work everyday.

And remember, if you break yours you can always start again on the Chinese or Iranian new years.

Martha sent us this resolution:

Mine is to grow my own sweet potatoes, as it is apparently quite easy and I never see any for sale from anywhere closer than Spain.

For anyone who wants to try this first buy a couple of sweet potatoes now since you need to start them nowish. Put them in an airing cupboard or somewhere else nice and warm. Leave them till about April by which time they should have produced some lovely shoots. Take these shoots off and plant them in a nice peat free seed compost, and keep them somewhere fairly warm, definitely frost free in sunlight and don’t forget to water them.

In June either plant them in a reasonable bit of soil or, as I will, in a big tub- old plastic dustbin I used last year for strawberries in my case. Peat free compost and regular feeding with some seaweed product should work fine. If you can add some home made compost all the better. Make sure the tub is well drained. Leave to grow, making sure they are weed free- if you plant them in the ground it’s good to plant them through something, maybe old carpet.

I think they are ready in August-September. When you dig them up be sure to dig deep as they grow downwards or you’ll miss a load of them, one of my reasons for planting in a big tub; I should make sure to get them all.

Customise your clothes

3rd April 2009 by

We’ve been known to turn our old clothes and random objects into aprons, belts, reflective skirts and other useful things. We’re also fans of repairing and restoring old clothes. Your challenge, if you’re game, is to make one old item new again.

This month we invite you to get beyond patching denim and turn your jeans into shorts, then your shorts into slippers, use your old slippers to patch a worn jumper, turn your old jumper into new gloves and socks, your socks into toys, after all this you’ll be thirsty so you’ll want to trade your toys for a drink in a can (which you can make into a book) or a carton (which’ll be your next wallet).

If you’ve got any handmade goods or hideous hand-me-downs that you’ve given a new lease of life to, send us a photo – email us at info@otesha.org.uk and we’ll post it here.

Helen sent us these recycled babies:

“This one is made out of a pair of old jeans- useful cos there’s
pockets everywhere!  I even managed to convert the fly into a handy mobile
phone size pocket :P ”

“My bag out of an old box and some parcel tape was quick to make, and
lasted 2 years of UK weather before i needed to make another one!”

“The last one is made out of lorry inner tubes, and fastens with a valve.”

Check out www.thisway-up.co.uk for more of the above.

Rosie came in and modelled her customised t-shirt:

Here’s Hanna modeling an apron made out of old shirts and Reisen wrappers:


Georgie showing off her custom-made reflective cycling top-turned-skirt:

And Jo modelling her prized tyre belt:


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