Want to use your super sewing skills to do good, or perhaps gain new skills?
Our sewing bees are a great place to learn about all stages of production; from cutting to pressing to sewing to screen printing! They're also a fantastic way to meet like-minded people!!
Starting next month we will be running sewing bees every Thursday, 10am-1pm, at Stitch Kitchen Studio (88 Vogel Street) (this is a new time for the sewing bees we've been running fortnightly from 3-7pm). For those who cannot make a mid-week time, we will be continuing to run our monthly sewing bees on the 1st Saturday each month, 10am-1pm, at The Valley Project (262 North Road, North East Valley).
These sewing bees are free to attend, but if you are able to bring a koha to help us cover power and use of the room it is much appreciated!
Donations of fabric, pre-loved curtains, duvet covers etc, and sewing thread are also much appreciated.
For any home sewists who cannot make it to these sewing bees, we'd still love to have your help! We can arrange a time for you to collect (or deliver to you) bundles of pre-cut bags, complete with care label and screen printed pocket. We have many fantastic home sewists who have enjoyed getting to be part of the project even though they cannot get to the sewing bees.
Last month we officially launched Bags For Good at The Regent Theatre 24-Hour Book Sale!
The whole weekend was amazing, but a special highlight for me was hearing volunteers who've helped at the sewing bees and by sewing bags at home say how proud they felt to be part of the project!
Our beautiful hand-made stands were finished just in time! I've affectionately named the stands our 'bag trees', and hanging the bags on them was more exciting than decorating any Christmas Tree, and I think they looked better too, especially once the bags started to be returned into the baskets at the bottom :). The bag trees were handmade by Mark, a local man-of-all-trades who carefully considered the design and materials to ensure they were safe for use near food, adaptable for different settings, and lightweight for transport.
We we thrilled to see most people had remembered to bring their bags, but still loaned over 60 bags (many as 'shopping baskets' while people browsed), and had around 40 returned throughout the sale, and in the week after. Feedback from everyone was very positive, and the bags proved their strength and versatility many times over.
So, where are we going next?...
Bags for Good co-ordinator, Fiona Jenkin, recording bag adventures on the mission to reduce textile waste, reduce plastic, and build friendships.