From COVID-craft to creative movement

4 November 2020|Community News| Off Comments off on From COVID-craft to creative movement|

OVER the last several months, a quiet creative addiction has been growing in the Glenorchy community, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down.

People from all walks of life answered the call to their sewing machines and produced eye-popping creations for Boomerang Bags Glenorchy’s 150 Bag Challenge.

In August, the challenge was completed, but the creative community has continued to support initiatives in Glenorchy, bringing kindness to many in the form of a funky handmade bag.

Boomerang Bags are created from washed second-hand fabric by anyone who has access to a sewing machine.

They’re a win-win-win – recipients get a unique and useful item that’s been lovingly handmade, makers use scrap material and brush up their creative skills, and the environment enjoys the diversion of plastic and waste fabric going to landfill.

The bags have been utilised in many community initiatives, providing a little thoughtfulness and kindness.

Young people who returned to studying earlier this year received a Youth Kindness Kit with tailored resources to support their transition.

New mums were also given care packs through the Chigwell Child and Family Centre.

The Salvos created new home kits for families and individuals who were in need of essentials.

All of these have been presented in Glenorchy made Boomerang Bags.

People can buy their own Glenorchy Boomerang Bag from the Troublesmiths retail store in Hobart, with the proceeds supporting the work the social enterprise does in empowering and upskilling local young people.

Star bag creator Sherryl Guy has sewn more than 30 bags, with donations coming from as far as Mount Arthur and Bruny Island.

The movement is also currently sewing cloth masks to be sent to Victoria for those living under COVID-19 restrictions.

To get involved, visit the Boomerang Bags Glenorchy Facebook page or visit Glenorchy Council chambers at 374 Main Road, Glenorchy to grab a sewing pattern or drop off a new creation.

Clean cotton fabric can be donated at the Goodwood Community Centre at 20 Acton Crescent in Goodwood.

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