A community-minded social craft group will start at West Cessnock's creative and wellness hub, Wild Learning, next week.
Craft for Good will start on Wednesday, October 16 at Wild Learning, in the former West Cessnock Community Hall (111 Wollombi Road).
The group's first project will be Boomerang Bags, which are made from recycled fabric and distributed to local shops for people to borrow, and reduce the need for plastic bags.
The Boomerang Bags initiative was founded in Burleigh Heads, Queensland, in 2013, as a way to tackle plastic waste, and has spread into 800 communities around the globe.
Wild Learning creative facilitator Emmie Hallett said many people in her classes had asked about sewing for charity, and that Boomerang Bags was the perfect fit for their first project, as it is environmentally-conscious and encourages people to shop locally.
"Boomerang Bags are sewn from recycled fabric which reduces landfill and creates treasures from trash," she said.
Emmie said anyone is welcome to attend the craft group - even if they can't sew.
"Helpers are needed to iron fabric, cut out patterns, pin pieces together, to sew the bags, attach labels and decorate storage boxes," she said.
"This is a community craft social group, not a class, so everyone is welcome to come and get involved.
"Come once, or make it a regular weekly outing and join the tribe of Boomerang Bag makers!"
The Craft For Good group will meet at 1pm on Wednesdays during school term, starting October 16.
Bring along a gold coin donation for a cuppa and a sweet treat.
Meanwhile, Wild Learning will hold an open day on Friday, October 11 from 2pm to 6.30pm. All are welcome.
Find out more at wildlearning.com.au or by calling Emmie on 0412 835 865.