We are a very small group of volunteers who use pre-loved fabrics to create Boomerang Bags (reusable grocery bags, and other ‘special’ bags including totes and smaller sized reusable gift bags), in a wide variety of styles and sizes, with prices beginning at just $2 a bag.
We also make cutlery rolls, ideal for office workers to keep their own cutlery at their desk, or to carry in bags and prevent accepting plastic alternatives when eating out. These are largely comprised of pre-used materials, with new s/s straws and sometimes cutlery used.
Our aim is to reuse materials which are already in use/have already been manufactured, to give them a second life often as a brand new object. This prevents a lot of stuff going to landfill prematurely, when there is still a good amount of life left in the materials.
Volunteers are welcome to come to our sewing workshops on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, where they are held at the Uniting Church Hall on the corners of Russell and Bashford Streets, between the hours of 9 am and Noon. You don’t have to be able to sew, but if you can that’s a bonus, bring along your machine, all other equipment required will be supplied. If you can’t sew, but would like to be involved, there are other jobs you can do, such as sorting, ironing, cutting and pinning. If you don’t have the time to stay on a Saturday, and would prefer to sew at home, you can just collect fabric and pockets/labels, then drop off your made bags at the Saturday workshops.
I have a small group of students at Maryborough State High School which I work with on a weekly basis. We meet twice a week and do the screen printing and heat fixing of the labelled pockets. This enables students to be involved in community projects and allows them to feel pride whilst helping the environment and the community. The high school has also always been a strong supporter of the group since its beginning, updates about the group can often be found in Maryborough State High School newsletters.
Currently our outlets where you can buy them, for a small cost to keep volunteers going are : B & H Designs in Kent Street and the Senior Citizens Centre in Alice Street
Drop off Fabric donations at: Maryborough State High School (during school terms). Russell Street Uniting Church Hall (on Sewing Workshop Days Only -2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month) and My Home – Walker Street (leave on front veranda)
Where should people donate materials?:
Maryborough State High School Administration
Uniting Church Hall crn Russell and Bashford Streets (only on workshop days)
Sewing bee details:
Uniting Church Hall on crn Russell and Bashford Streets 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month 9 am -12 noon