“A weekly Knowle West sewing group is looking for more women to join in and earn money doing something they enjoy. Earlier this year I saw a leaflet for an event called ‘Sew Clever’, and I thought ‘bonus: there’s a crèche at Knowle West Children’s Centre!’ It was half term, so I was keen to go along and have a few hours to myself.
I met a lovely sewing tutor, Julie Ellison, who showed us how to make tote bags out of recycled banners. Julie explained the enterprise idea: make bags and sell them at Arnolfini. The bags are selling so well that she needs help to make more – an opportunity for the makers to earn some extra money. You can make up to £5 per bag: £1.50 for cutting the outline shape and £3.50 for sewing it together.
This has developed into a weekly group through the “Do What You Love” programme, which is a partnership between Knowle West Media Centre and re:work. I went along to the group because I enjoy sewing and being creative and my children were in nursery and school at the time, so it was a perfect opportunity for me.”