A London fashion company has hosted a free workshop in Sutton to inspire people to upcycle their Christmas jumpers.

Love Your Clothes London, a promoter of sustainable fashion, hosted the event at the Sutton Salvation Army Church on November 18.

The workshop team demonstrated simple repairs and alterations using hand and machine techniques.

Under one in five people are confident enough to redesign an item of clothing, according to Love Your Clothes.

They added that £300 million on Christmas jumpers is spent annually with two fifths of consumers only wearing them once or twice.

Ali Moore, from Love Your Clothes London, said: “An estimated £30bn worth of UK clothing gathers dust in our wardrobes every year because we don't wear it.

"Rather than buying new Christmas jumpers and party outfits which may only be worn once and then thrown away, we’re encouraging Londoners to upcycle last year’s Christmas jumpers.

"By coming along to these fun workshops, they could come away with not only a truly unique item of clothing, but also feeling inspired to support more sustainable fashion.

“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.”