A group of Bundaberg women are coming together in the name of friendship and recycling, creating 1000 reusable bags in 1000 days for the community to use.
Participants in the Sewing Circle meet at Take the Plunge Cafe each week to make the material bags, which will be placed at Angels Community Group grocery store once complete.
Take the Plunge Cafe co-owner Beth Boorer said the group was one of many that visited the café, with the project aimed at connecting women and creating relationships.
“The project is called 1000 Bags in 1000 Days and the idea is the ladies from Boomerang Bags come in teach other women how to sew,” she said.
“We will make 1000 bags which we will give to Angels Community Service that they can hand out at their small supermarket on Walla Street”
Ms Boorer said the team at Boomerang Bags were all about creating less waste with their upcycled bags and the sewing lessons were the perfect opportunity to promote recycling while making friends.
“We are all about connecting people in the community,” she said.
“We thought this was a lovely was for women to engage in some conversations with one another and make friendships.
“Some people in our community are isolated or disconnected so this is a way to bring people together.”
Ms Boorer said the project began last week and the creation of Bommerang Bags was quicjly taking shape.
“Most of the participants did not know how to sew so our first lesson was all about practicing with the machine and learning how to make patterns,” she said.
Council support for boomerang bags
The project comes on the back of funding by Bundaberg Regional Council which has been used to buy machines and materials for the sewing group.
Community and Cultural Services Portfolio Spokesperson Cr Judy Peters met with participants this week said it was a fantastic initiative.
“This is where Council, through the Community Grants Program, is able to see what happens and what those grants enable,” Cr Peters said.
“Whilst it is about sewing and learning, it is also about gathering a group of people together to have a wonderful conversation and form long-time friendships…
“Council is proud to support such a wonderful initiative.”