Carterton Boomerang bags sewing bee

Last Saturday The Earth School Sewing Collective teamed up with the Carterton Boomerang bags ladies to make re-usable produce bags to prevent one use plastic bags in the supermarket and at the veggie market.

The buzz of the Boomerang sewing bee and some expert help from Helen Simonson really got the sewing collective inspired and working hard. We used recycled net curtains and shirts to make 'shirty shoppers' inspired by the sew good group at Epuni schools CommonUnity Project. We have two designs we are making both the 'shirty shoppers' ...

and the 'thunderbags' ....

Thank you to our friends at 'Thunderpants' for the fantastic elastic organic cotton Thunderpants fabric offcuts they make threading our 'thunderbags' a dream :)

We made heaps of produce bags and these will be on sale at our stall at the Carterton Farmers Market on Labour Day weekend, Sunday the 22nd of October. The Earth School team have been researching potential farming enterprises to generate funding to support the proposed school farm.  Growing berries as a cash crop and smoothie making venture is a favourite farming plan as is the popping corn crop idea.  However the added value crops of lavendar for making oil, dried lavendar bags and pillows and bees for honey and bee wraps alternative to plastic wrap have been the two products we have prepared for the market stall.

The produce bags are a perfect addition to the boomerang bags scheme and a sustainable recycled handmade alternative to plastic - please join us at the Farmers Market on the 22nd October and support. We will also be selling seedlings including natives, tiny oak trees and vegetables.

We have two more weekend working bees planned Sunday the 15th October and Saturday 21st October ... watch our FB page for more details :)