May was a busy month with a total of five sewing bees and many hours of volunteer time. At the end of the month we had over 300 bags completed and lots out in the community being sewn.
There are also volunteers cutting and printing pockets at home and doing lots of other jobs to bring this project to launch. At this stage that looks like some time in July - which is ideal as that's Plastic Bag Free July.
We love that we have all ages involved. From the young pre-schoolers and school kids printing and sewing at home, or cutting and tearing fabric and sorting kits at our sewing bees. To the older volunteers at BUPA and RM Begg who have years of experience. Many of these could almost make the bags with their eyes closed. Their skill and dedication to helping the community is awe-inspiring.
If you'd like more background on the Boomerang Bag initiative in Australia and worldwide, check out their website
or you can find lots of links on Facebook
The bags are made from donated fabric and upcycled clothing and linen. Donations of fabric and linen are already coming in, and we've also received a number of sewing machines, overlockers and irons. If you know someone who could help us service these machines, we'd love some help with this.
For our sewing bees, come for the whole session or just a while. Sewing machines, scissors, etc. are available or bring your own. No sewing experience is needed and there are lots of fun jobs including cutting fabric, ironing, pinning and screen printing. Kids are welcome.
Regular sewing bees are hosted by BUPA and RM Begg and monthly weekend sessions are also available.
Upcoming sewing bees:
June – 10 to 12 noon – RM Begg (every third Thursday of the month)
June – 1 to 4 pm – KCLC (every 3rd Sunday)
June – 10 am to 3 pm – KCLC (every last Wednesday)
July – 1 to 3 pm – BUPA (every second Thursday)
If these days don’t suit please contact the group as sewing bees will be scheduled to suit everyone and further partnerships with schools and other community groups will be welcome.
If you would prefer to help behind the scenes our next steering group meeting is at KCLC on Wednesday 14th June at 7 pm. This group has a number of roles: encouraging others - liaising with local schools, community groups, shops and businesses - organising fabric donations - promoting this initiative.
For more information find us on Facebook
, email Kynetonboomerangbags@gmail.com
or call KCLC on 5422 3433.