Community spirit is in the bag

2 June 2020|Community News| Off Comments off on Community spirit is in the bag|

IF you have a sewing machine at home and are looking for your next at home project, it may be time to get those bobbins and spools ready.

Given the current COVID-19 crisis and the impact it is having on everyone in the community, the time is right to join the world’s newest Boomerang Bags community and spread some Glenorchy kindness.

Over the past weeks, Glenorchy City Council’s community team has been partnering with local organisations such as Youth Beat, Troublesmiths and Glenorchy Library to create small care packages for members of the community who might be struggling in this time of isolation.

Rather than buying paper bags for these kindness kits, why not enlist local sewing masters (and wannabe masters) to create unique, reusable bags that are lovingly handmade?

Boomerang Bags, which began in Burleigh Heads in 2013, is a global grassroots movement with more than 1,100 communities worldwide.

The idea is that people use a simple pattern to make bags from second hand or scrap fabric.

You can use old tablecloths, sheet and even clothing.

Tea towels and pillowcases make fantastic Boomerang Bags.

These can then be used to distribute food hampers, be given away in local shops to decrease reliance on plastic, be sold to fundraise for charity, or just be a useful gift for family, friends and neighbours.

Once you’ve finished with a bag, you can just pass it on.

Projects being sewn by Boomerang Baggers around the world in the current COVID-19 crisis include lunch bags for frontline health workers and face masks for the general public.

The only limit to what these communities can achieve is their own creativity.

The City of Glenorchy is throwing down a 150 bag challenge to make 150 more kindness kits for members of the community.

Joining in is easy:

Start by joining the Facebook community ‘Boomerang Bags Glenorchy’ and check out the simple sewing pattern. If you don’t have access to the internet or would prefer a hard copy of the pattern, contact Laurel Cuff at Glenorchy Council (details below).

Track down some fabric. Cotton is by far the easiest material to use, as any old sewing machine will handle it – if you only have a little fabric, just make a smaller bag.

Start creating your bag (and take a photo of yourself with your project to share with the rest of us).

Contact Laurel when finished and Council will arrange to sew on the special Boomerang Bags Glenorchy label and provide it to its new owner.

For more information, email BoomerangBags@gcc.tas.gov.au or phone 6216 6491.

Caption: Laurel Cuff is busy creating reusable boomerang bags to be used in Council kindness kits project.

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