Bagathon team bag 250 in 24-hour effort

BAGGED UP: Katy Wallace, organiser of the 24-hour bagathon that ended on Saturday afternoon, and former professional industrial sewing machine operator, Tangi Poi, show off some of the designs from the final tally of 250 bags. Picture by Paul Rickard

BY mid-morning on Saturday the 24- hour Plastic Bag Free Tairawhiti (PBFT) bagathon seamsters had sewn up 150 bespoke bags from fabric offcuts. They reached a final figure of 250 bags.

Hosted by Ka Pai Kaiti, PBFT’s ambitious goal was to produce free reusable shopping bags instead of single-use plastic bags.

From 3pm Friday, the Kapai Kaiti base in Kaiti Mall was alive with the sound of sewing machines. Bag-makers were entertained with live music from acts such as Baye Riddell, Walter “the Wiz” Walsh and One and a Half Men. They were fuelled with coffee.

By mid-morning on Saturday, at least two women were inspired to line dance to an upbeat country tune. Tangi Poi sewed through the night.

“Back in the day I did industrial sewing with Gisborne Garments as soon as I left school," she said.

"Then I went to Wellington to do an industrial sewing apprenticeship.”

That would explain the fancy designs on her upcycled bags.

Bagathon seamstress Diane Taylor operated an industrial sewing machine at the 24-hour event.

“It’s like driving a V8,” she said.

The 24-hour event’s organiser, Gisborne designer Katy Wallace, was pleased with the effort.

“It was great. I think everyone had a good time.”

The bespoke bags will be given away to shoppers at various points around the city, she said.

“There are some collectors' items among them for sure.”

BY mid-morning on Saturday the 24- hour Plastic Bag Free Tairawhiti (PBFT) bagathon seamsters had sewn up 150 bespoke bags from fabric offcuts. They reached a final figure of 250 bags.

Hosted by Ka Pai Kaiti, PBFT’s ambitious goal was to produce free reusable shopping bags instead of single-use plastic bags.

From 3pm Friday, the Kapai Kaiti base in Kaiti Mall was alive with the sound of sewing machines. Bag-makers were entertained with live music from acts such as Baye Riddell, Walter “the Wiz” Walsh and One and a Half Men. They were fuelled with coffee.

By mid-morning on Saturday, at least two women were inspired to line dance to an upbeat country tune. Tangi Poi sewed through the night.

“Back in the day I did industrial sewing with Gisborne Garments as soon as I left school," she said.

"Then I went to Wellington to do an industrial sewing apprenticeship.”

That would explain the fancy designs on her upcycled bags.

Bagathon seamstress Diane Taylor operated an industrial sewing machine at the 24-hour event.

“It’s like driving a V8,” she said.

The 24-hour event’s organiser, Gisborne designer Katy Wallace, was pleased with the effort.

“It was great. I think everyone had a good time.”

The bespoke bags will be given away to shoppers at various points around the city, she said.

“There are some collectors' items among them for sure.”

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Tuta Ngarimu - 2 months ago
Awesome effort team

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