Plastic free group to host bag-sewing workshop

PLASTIC Free Lyme Regis is inviting residents to join a sewing workshop to get ready to launch a new campaign tackling the continued use of plastic bags.   

The workshop will be held on Thursday, September 26 from 10am to 4pm, and is being jointly organised by the University of the Third Age’s (U3A) Needles and Stitches Group, meeting at Hallett Court, in Queen’s Walk.

Stitchers can come all day or drop in and help out as long as they are able. Different skills are needed for each job and they will find a job for anyone who comes, including ironing fabric, cutting out material or using a sewing machine to make a simple over-the-shoulder reusable bag.

Each bag will be made from recycled, donated material which saves in going to landfill.

Polly Benfield, an organiser for Plastic Free Lyme, said: “Plastic Free Lyme is very grateful to these enthusiastic U3A members for setting up this fun and sociable community day.   We hope many bags will be made while enjoying a day together!”

Although many shoppers have stopped using plastic bags, alternatives still need to be found. Each bag will be made with love and care to reduce the need for new plastic and protect our environment for the long term. 

This community bag scheme will be launched later in the year.

Plastic Free Lyme Regis is also looking for more volunteers to help make bags.  This can be done at home or by joining local sewing groups.  More fabric is also needed – clean durable cottons, old curtains, upholstery fabric. This can be delivered to Alice’s Bear Shop, St Michael’s Business Centre, off Poole Court, Church Street, from 10am to 4pm.

If you would like to come along to the workshop or volunteer help for the project, call Polly Benfield for more information on 01297 446066 or email

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