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Shwop and sew

Posted by Joanna Train Marketing and Fashion Assistant at Oxfam

30th Jun 2015

Bristol Big Green Week 2015 had a fantastic variety of things to get involved with, from Cycling events to a Museum of Water. I was really keen to check out the first ever 'Shwop and Sew' lab in Broadmeads M & S and see what skills and tips I could pick up.

Over two days there were several workshops including how to sew on a button, how to make a patchwork cup holder and the workshop I joined in with, how to make a t-shirt into a 'shopper' bag. Here is how to make your own… It's as easy as 1,2,3!

You will need an old t-shirt (with a funky design or bright colour if you can), matching thread, scissors and a sewing machine.

1-     Cut the sleeves off around the armholes, and cut a scoop neck into the top of the t-shirt (same front and back), leaving the shoulder seam to form the handles.

2-     Use a stretch stitch on the machine to sew up the bottom of the t-shirt. This can be a straight line or curved or square at the edges.

3-     Add any decoration you like.

At the end of this year everyone in England will need to pay for plastic bags, therefore this is the perfect way to reduce waste and save a bit of money. Charity shops are a great place to find interesting t-shirts that can be up-cycled into a number of different things. Tweet us @Oxfamfashion with your ideas!

Thanks to everyone who organised and ran the event- it was great fun! If you would like to find out more about upcylcling or fancy learning how to sew, check out these websites:

Don't forget to donate your old Marks and Spencer's items to your local Oxfam to receive a voucher off in M&S. Click here to find out more.

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Blog post written by Joanna Train

Marketing and Fashion Assistant at Oxfam

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