Willetton: Paraquad Op Shop and Book Bazaar volunteers to teach how to repurpose old clothes and linen


Robin Hornby, Harvey Cousinery, Anne Alfreds and Ali Biddiscombe. Picture: Will Russell d482754
Robin Hornby, Harvey Cousinery, Anne Alfreds and Ali Biddiscombe. Picture: Will Russell d482754

DON’T throw out those old clothes, linen and fabrics when they can be repurposed into beautiful handmade gifts and shopping bags at a special community sewing day in Willetton.

Volunteers at the Paraquad Op Shop and Book Bazaar will teach attendees how to give old clothes and materials a second life, such as transforming an old pair of jeans into flower pot holders and creating reusable shopping bags from scraps of linen and fabric.

Store manager Robin Hornby said the free event was all about teaching people how they could make all sorts of goodies for themselves out of repurposed items.

“We live in a society that is used to discarding material things when they no longer need them but op shops counter this to some degree,” she said.

“Making gifts is a way to not only save money but to be creative too and it also helps us reduce waste and what we send to landfill.

“We will also be able to embellish the finished products as we have a good stock of buttons, ribbons and accessories.

“Every day the stock changes in an op shop but we hope by showing our customers a few simple sewing ideas that they will be inspired to have a go either in the shop with us on the day or at home.”

The community sewing day is at the Paraquad Op Shop and Book Bazaar from 10am, May 26.

Visit www.facebook.com/ParaQuadOpShop for more information.

MORE: No laughing matter: Scarborough police on hunt for clown thief who stole plant from Innaloo Shopping Centre

MORE: Scientists working on “guardian angel” drug say it could slow ageing and prevent cancer

MORE: Perth: your guide to watching the Royal Wedding on TV