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Take part in biggest Boomerang Bags Sewing Bee

Boomerang Bags Bundaberg
Carmen McEneany and Danielle Wooldridge sew Boomerang Bags for the Bundaberg Citizenship Ceremony.

Boomerang Bags is calling for volunteers to take on the challenge of helping to sew 500 bags in one day at Bundy's Biggest Boomerang Bags Sewing Bee on Saturday 13 August.

The sewing bee, to be held at the Gracie Dixon Hall, will start from 9.30 am and is a chance for everyone to take part in making the bags, with no prior sewing experience necessary.

People will be tasked with jobs such as pinning, ironing and cutting, with those who have a sewing machine encouraged to bring it.

Boomerang Bags event organiser Carmen McEneany said while the group had previously hosted sewing sessions they were looking forward to the Boomerang Bags sewing bee becoming a regular fixture.

“We are hoping for host these events twice a year and get really good engagement and attendance,” Carmen said.

“The sessions are open to anyone, and we would love to see as many people as possible attend.

“It is bring your own sewing machine for those who can sew, but you don’t have to be able to sew to attend as there will be cutting areas and ironing that will need to be done as well.”

Carmen said there would be a number of different jobs on the day.

“We will have some bags pre-cut before the day but we will also need people to be cutting more on the day,” she said.

“We will have a full row set up for people to sew and another station for cutting.”

The group has listed a Facebook event for the Boomerang Bags sewing bee to record registrations and share information.

“It would be great if people could post on the event what time they are coming to help the team with numbers and knowing how big to make the stations.”

The goal of 500 bags has been set for the day, with those attending encouraged to watch tutorial videos posted in the event.

“If you are coming along to sew I would really love you to watch the tutorial videos that are posted in the event, which will show you how to make most of the bags,” she said.

“This is such an awesome way to come together and engage with other community members and maybe even learn something.

“Pillowcases make great and easy bags for younger sewers, so you are welcome to bring along a few of those as well.”

Material will be provided by Boomerang Bags at the event although if you do bring along your own equipment, organiser recommend it is clearly marked.

All bags that are made as part of the day will be given to new members of the community as part of Bundaberg Regional Council citizenship ceremonies.

You can find out more about the event here.

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