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Boston Boomerang Bag Share Sew-A-Thon- OCTOBER

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Stitch House Dorchester

846 Dorchester Avenue

Boston, MA 02125

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JOIN US for a two day community sew-a-thon to kick off THE FIRST BAG SHARE in BOSTON! We had our first dynamic sew-a-thon in May and can't wait to keep going. We had humans age 7 to 73 working side by side, because they believe in this project and the impact that it will make on our city, our community and the world. www.lusterity.com/boomerangbagsboston

SAT, OCT 21 10am-8pm + SUN, OCT 22 12-5pm


LEARN new skills, try your hand at new machines, have great conversations and put your hands, mind and heart to work for a great cause. Come for an hour, stay for a day- I must warn you, it is addicting and some people came both days.

CAN'T SEW? No problem! There are so many ways to help: ironing, folding, cutting, pinning, collecting fabric, and even learn how to sew. Can't be there but want to help, contact us at info@lusterity.com

WE NEED DONATIONS!!!

  • sheets- flat sheets are best
  • pillowcases
  • duvets
  • curtains

Things to consider about donating fabric:

  • Think recycle, reuse and repurpose
  • Be sure fabric items are clean and free of debris, mold and mildew
  • Lighter weight fabrics work best (cotton or cotton blends)
  • Smaller pieces are acceptable as long as they are the size of a pillowcase.

WHAT IS A BAG SHARE?

What happens when you go to a store and forget to bring a bag? What if there was a reusable handmade bag waiting at a store for you to borrow like Hubway brings community sharing to bikes?

POLICY IS GOOD - ACTION IS BETTER - TOGETHER WE CAN DO THIS

The City of Boston has been debating banning single use plastic bags for over a year. Meanwhile, the streets of Boston as well as harbor, rivers, and streams drown in the 219 MILLION BAGS that are used in BOSTON each year! Only a small percentage of plastic bags used every year are recycled. One of the big concerns heard from opposition is that a bag ban would negatively affect low income residents as well as senior citizens.

WE HAVE A SOLUTION!

Regardless of how the City votes on passing an ordinance, habits and practices need to change. We are launching the first BAG SHARE in Boston this Spring. The idea is that fabric, resources, space, time and people-power will be donated to create reusable cloth bags. These bags will be displayed at stores and people can take one from the box, use one or more and return it. We are essentially a chapter of the Australian based Boomerang Bags www.boomerangbags.org

HOW YOU CAN HELP!

There are many things to do in getting this off the ground and you don’t need to know how to sew to help. To get this all done we are going old school and bringing back factory work. People can help anyway their desires or skills will take them. No sewing skills are necessary. But if you are an experienced sewer we are over the moon and would love you to not only help sew but to also be there to problem solve and be a SEWING or FABRIC CAPTAIN. Can't sew? No worries! This should be fun, so come for any amount of time you can!

SKILLS BEYOND SEWING NEEDED

  • Collecting and washing fabric
  • Ironing- Lots of this will be happening!
  • Measuring and cutting fabric
  • Pinning
  • Organizing
  • Helping others
  • Learning to sew straight lines
  • Silkscreening
  • Bringing food or helping pick up food for volunteers
  • If you are helpful and want to be part of the solution you should be there!

Niblets and drinks provided!

Want to go one step further and sign a petition to ban plastic bags in Boston! Check out what our young Bostonians are doing, SIGN HERE!

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Stitch House Dorchester

846 Dorchester Avenue

Boston, MA 02125

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