Sewing event in Richmond stitches up every last centimetre

August 30, 2017 by  

Richmond’s weekly Make Do and Mend sewing event has proved to be very popular with crafters and concerned recyclers, who are encouraged to use every last scrap of material to make something useful.

These events are sponsored by Yarra Libraries, and all materials, including sewing machines, are provided. Help and advice on projects is freely given. In the next event, attendees will be able to make a winter scarf or hat, or a padded holder for an iPad, eReader or tablet.

For events like this that encourage local crafters to get to know each other and learn more about recyclings, small interested groups might convert their ideas into worthwhile community projects, aided by local print shops that could provide flyers for creating awareness.

The original concept came from a British World War II initiative, whereby people were encouraged to save anything that could be reused, and to mend rather than throw away, in order to support the war effort. Today, this concept remains an important one, according to the organisers.

The Make Do and Mend events are held every Thursday, from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm at the Richmond Library, 415 Church Street. The next will be tomorrow, August 31. The event is free but as they are extremely popular, booking every week is essential through Eventbrite.