Community bag project comes to school

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Crafty . . . Aoraki Mt Cook School pupils (back, from left) Hannah (12), Vena (10), Sarah (10), Taylor (9) and (front, from left) Aaron (10) and Makelesi (9) show off their handmade reusable bags. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Aoraki Mt Cook School

This term we have been focusing on soft materials at Aoraki Mount Cook School.

We also wanted to do something for our community, so we thought we would help make Borrow Bags and learn some sewing skills along the way.

We were very lucky to have Helen from the Borrow Bags group come to help us for the two days it took us to make the bags.

We also had some lovely mums, Suzy and Eve, who volunteered to help, as well as our teacher, Sandra, and our teacher aide Katie.

It made the whole process a lot easier with lots of people to help!

In the first session we learned all about what Borrow Bags are and how to measure and cut out our material, sew a straight line and how to do zig-zag stitches.

We also had to cut out the straps and iron them down so they were ready to sew.

In the second session we had to sew up our straps, iron the top of the bags and then sew the straps into the hem on the top of the bag.

We were pretty excited with our practice bags and everyone was proud of the results.

This week we are making a bag each that will go towards the Twizel Borrow Bags community project.

We hope that lots of people use the bags and make the choice to stop using plastic bags because they are terrible for our beautiful Mackenzie environment.