We’re running a home made bag workshop on Saturday 12th September 2015 from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. It will take place at the Spectrum Centre at the rear of Rosebery St Peters Community Centre on Storer Road.
The idea behind the workshop is two fold. Firstly we want to show people how easy it is to make their own reusable shopping bags from scrap material, which is also a great way of introducing basic sewing techniques that can be used for repairing clothes. Secondly we want to make a number of bags that we can then sell at events and stalls in the future, starting with the Potato Day stall next January. The Government are introducing charge for single use plastic bags in October 2015, so getting more reusable, recycled shopping bags out there is very timely.
Janet Smith has been collecting material to make the bags with. She already has quite a bit, but if you have any brightly coloured or eye catching material going spare we’d love you to bring it along! Also any strong tape or ribbons can be useful to be made into handles.
Instructions and help on making the bags will be available on the day. The design is similar to the Morsbags that some people have helped make in the past (with the difference that the slightly different design means we can sell these bags to help Transition funds!). As well as making bags at the workshop for the Transition Loughborough stock, we hope people will make some bags at home in their own time. Instructions, fabric and a sample can be provided, but people are encouraged to “do their own thing” to help make each bag an individual.
All are welcome to the workshop on Saturday. We can find a job for everyone – some may prefer to cut or press whilst others want to use the sewing machines or finish by hand. If you feel more comfortable using your own equipment, please bring it along. Whilst the workshop has the room booked for three hours you are free to drop in for as long as you like – you don’t need to come for the full three hours!