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Phyllis Theermann

We had a great time making beautiful, reusable gift fabric squares last week at the Council on Aging but we need MORE wraps.

Sustainable Wellesley is looking for folks who can sew easy fabric squares that will be turned into Japanese Furoshiki style wrap gifts at the Wellesley Marketplace in November. 

This fun project is a simple way to make a difference to reduce plastic waste and non-recyclable gift wrap.

Imagine how many bags and bows we can keep out of our waste stream with these simple cloths that can be used over and over.

Folks can sew from home and we will pick up donated squares. Please consider donating fabric as well. Simply email us at info@sustainableWellesley.com.

Here are the details:

Sew Furoshiki Cloths:
Cut a square piece of fabric a little larger than your desired size. 20″ and 28”  are standard finished sizes, but in general any square that’s about 3x larger than the object being wrapped works well.  Fold in each of the edges a quarter inch and iron; fold again and iron. Find instructions online for sewing mitered corners, follow and then sew around the perimeter of your prepared cloth in the middle of the fold. Flexible fabrics like thin cotton work best for tying.  For instructions on hemming and three different corner options, click here.

Please e-mail info@sustainablewellesley.com when you have completed some and Sustainable Wellesley will make plans to collect your cloths. Be sure to save wraps for yourself. To learn how to fold furoshiki gift wrap, click here.

Please Donate Fabric

-Flexible fabrics are ideal! Stiff fabrics are hard to tie furoshiki style
-Fabric remnants measuring at least 20″ square work best

Thanks!

Phyllis Theermann

Wellesley Council on Aging hosted the first sewing Bee to launch the Town-Wide Craft Project last week. An enthusiastic group created beautiful, Japanese Furoshiki style cloths and discussed how to make reusable bags.

Crafty Wellesley children and adults; sewers: novice to expert; anyone looking for a fun and easy community project, Sustainable Wellesley is looking for your talent.  Less crafty folks are welcome to rummage through their closets and donate fabrics, bandanas, and scarves and/or join us to help cut fabric. This is a great relaxing summer activity for all.

“We are creating beautiful, Japanese Furoshiki style cloths and reusable bags for a future, community gift wrapping event,” said Kelly Caiazzo, one of the organizers of the town-wide project. 

Here are the details:


1. Donate Fabric

  • Flexible fabrics are ideal! Stiff fabrics are hard to tie furoshiki style

  • Fabric remnants measuring at least 20″ square work best

  • e-mail info@sustainablewellesley.com to make a fabric donation

2. Sew Furoshiki Cloths:
Cut a square piece of fabric a little larger than your desired size. 20″ and 28”  are standard finished sizes, but in general any square that’s about 3x larger than the object being wrapped works well.  Fold in each of the edges a quarter inch and iron; fold again and iron. Find instructions online for sewing mitered corners, follow and then sew around the perimeter of your prepared cloth in the middle of the fold. Flexible fabrics like thin cotton work best for tying.  For instructions on hemming and three different corner options, click here.

Please e-mail info@sustainablewellesley.com when you have completed some and Sustainable Wellesley will make plans to collect your cloths. Be sure to save wraps for yourself. To learn how to fold furoshiki gift wrap, click here.


3. Sew Bags:
For a nice complement to Furoshiki (and one that doesn’t require any explanation for re-using!) the community will  also be making Boomerang cloth bags. Check out the free pattern online here. Once you have created some for personal use, and some for the community, simply email Sustainable Wellesley to collect your the bags.

4. Email info@sustainablewellesley.com to organize or attend a sewing event.

Phyllis Theermann

Please join us THIS Sunday, April 8th from 3.30-5.30pm for our next action meeting at 161 Oakland Street, in the studio above the garage. Topics include:

-Plastic straws reduction initiative
-Rachel Carson Day and parade
-Sewing/crafty folks to make bags and furoshiki wraps
-Fundraising/ Sustainable Wellesley grant
-Light pollution

Action meetings are open to everyone in our community. During these fun, yet actionable, timely meetings, we get together and work on issues and opportunities as a team.

Your ideas and input is important and the more folks working on projects, the more we accomplish. If you are limited on time, come to the meeting anyway and share your thoughts, even if you cant work on a project now. No problem.

Don’t see a topic you are concerned about, let us know by emailing info@sustainablewellesley.com.

Never been before. No worries. We’re an easy going, fun group that works together to make things better.

Let us know if you will join in by emailing us at info@sustainablewellesley.com.

 

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