At Scouts tonight we all made fabric bags. The purpose of making these bags is to reuse them, whether it be for holding groceries or carrying school books. By making these bags we are helping the environment.
Firstly three women from Avalon who founded Boomerang Bags (and three very supportive parents) came to our Scout hall. They told us about why they started Boomerang Bags and how it has helped the community and the environment. They also gave us instructions on how to make a bag.
After they were finished talking we all picked a piece of fabric, a handle for our bag and a pocket. There were many colourful exotic types of fabrics. Then we all went to separate tables, each table had two sewing machines that we shared. Making the bags was not easy!
The first step was to make the bag. You needed to pin the fabric in place so it formed a bag-like shape, then you needed to sew three of the sides, being careful not to sew over the pins!
Next step was to sew the pocket onto the bag. You needed to iron certain parts of the pocket down. This process was difficult because you had to get it in the right spot and also you had to be very careful not to sew the other side of the bag!!
Last step was to sew the handles onto the bag. This was a very important step and it was difficult because we had to sew it a certain way. Once this step was done you had your bag and could be used.
Jesse and a couple of others made two bags and the leaders also joined in making bags too. The women from Avalon were very helpful and kind. To sum up the night, it was lots of fun learning new things. It was also a challenge and an opportunity to create a better world.
A Big Thank you to all the Scouts and Parents involved in our Community Project with Boomerang Bags
It was great to see the confidence that everyone developed over the night. Who thought a sewing night would be so successful! Robyn, Liz and Diane from Boomerang Bags were wonderful with helping us all to make our first bags. They kindly felt the Scouts should keep them as our first step to supporting the environment with the fight against single use plastics. What we would like now is for us all to make another bag that we can give to the group and support the community. I have attached the pattern to this email to help with this. For those Scouts that have a sewing machine at home this will be easier. For those that do not have one I am happy to organise another sewing day, maybe in the holidays, to make the bags. If you are interested in this let me know and we can organise a date.