Sue’s bid to make thousands of Boomerang Bags

Sue’s bid to make thousands of Boomerang Bags

Sue Graham and her mother Jenny Forbes. Photograph – Richard Polden.

An Armadale resident is waging a war against plastic and is hoping others will jump on board to help her cause. 

Sue Graham is currently knee deep in various fabrics and cotton in a bid to make as many Boomerang Bags as possible for the wider community. 

Boomerang Bags are reusable bags that can be used, borrowed and returned to its starting location by anyone in the community as an alternative to single use plastic bags. 

Ms Graham stumbled across the global movement while visiting her sister-in-law in Albany and has now jumped at the chance to bring the idea to the people of Armadale and beyond. 

“We went to the Albany tip shop where I saw a stand with cloth bags, I then paid a gold coin donation and found a small piece of paper with information inside,” she said. 

“When I got home I looked up the website and found out a bit more information and then spoke to a friend at work about making a few bags for family and friends.” 

Ms Graham has since expanded her horizons and has booked out time at the Armadale Community Family Centre once a fortnight for a sewing bee with likeminded volunteers. 

“I have only made about half a dozen to a dozen or so for a couple of friends but ultimately I would love to make up a couple of thousand to be distributed around at the front of local shops,” she said. 

“These sewing bees are designed to get people involved and work together as a team to create bags for the community. 

“You don’t necessarily have to be able to sew, you can screen print, iron, mark out cut material, pin or even make coffee or tea for the volunteers.”

Along with a steady stream of volunteers, Ms Graham is also hoping to receive donations of fabric such as pillow slips, doona covers and unstained sheets, reels of cotton, a couple of working sewing machines or over lockers and an iron or two to help with the task ahead. 

The busy bees will be held at the Armadale Community Family Centre on Challis Road in Seville Grove from 12.30pm to 2.30pm every second Monday starting on August 12. 

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