A PROJECT between two organisations, Significant Seams and Sustainable Crediton, is making “community wrapping paper” and patchwork “bags for community” from materials that have been discarded but still have loads of potential use.

Ethan with his Christmas wrapping paper.
Ethan with his Christmas wrapping paper. (Significant Seams)

The Vibrant Town Centres project is entitled #PatchworkCrediton.

Artist Teresa is leading the community wrapping paper project.

She has created stencils inspired by the natural world and the holiday season.

On October 7, Ethan (12), Evelyn (7) and Grace (6), were amongst the community members who helped make the first 10 metres or so of community wrapping paper.

Ethan with his tote bag.
Ethan with his tote bag. (Significant Seams)

Ethan also learned how to sew patchwork and created a tote bag with a #patchworkcrediton stencilled patch, reclaiming 120g of fabric that was destined for landfill.

On November 4, 18 and 25, and December 9, Teresa and Sustainable Crediton volunteers will be hosting free drop-in sessions to make more community wrapping paper from either the Eco-Hub or Town Square (during the Christmas in Crediton Lights Switch-On on November 25).

A variety of opportunities to make patchwork tote bags for the project are available: from supported sewing workshops to independent making with provided materials.

The team will also host drop-in sessions on the first Saturday of each month until March.

Sustainable Crediton and Significant Seams are inviting volunteers, including Duke of Edinburgh award candidates, to get in contact and get involved with both of these projects as well as the Repair Cafe which will now run on the fourth Saturday of every month (except December) from the Hub space on the Town Square.

Follow Significant Seams on Facebook for the latest event details.

Lengths of wrapping papers and tote bags will be sold to the public who make a donation to Sustainable Crediton.