DIY Bags & Masks

At Litter Free Dorset, we wanted to share some local community initiatives to encourage residents of Dorset to get creative and repurpose old textiles and materials into new products! See below for more information and templates to help you make your own tote bags and reusable, washable, facemasks.

Reusable Masks

With facemasks and coverings now compulsory in shops and on public transport in England, why not get creative and make your own reusable, washable masks?

Click the picture on the right for a link to instructions for making reusable masks by Masks4All Dorchester, an initiative aiming to involve local communities in making cloth face-masks to help in the fight against Covid-19.

Thanks to Rosie Lees (The Embroidery Barn), Emma Teasdale (the Bonjour Cafe) and Emma Scott (Dorchester Town Council) for creating this handy guide.

Masks 4 All Dorchester Facebook Page

#Masks4All Reusable Mask Template

Click here to download the making instructions

Boomerang Bags

Boomerang Bags is about making bags, diverting waste, starting conversations, connecting with each other, fostering sustainable behaviour, and having fun.

Dorchester have kicked started the campaign in Dorset by having Boomerang bag making workshops run by the Dorchester Community Church, Damers, Brace of Butcher and the WI. Prince Charles came to visit the children involved when the Boomerang Scheme was launched this summer! Please check out the Boomerang bag Facebook page for upcoming events.

Boomerang Bags Dorset Facebook Page

Boomerang Bag Making Instructions

Click here to download the making instructions

Creating a boomerang bag community

Step 1 : People Power

Join our Boomerang Bags Community and establish a local work group in Dorset.  Let us know who and what your planning and we can help advise best solutions to get started.

Step 2 : Fabric

Set up some fabric drop points, we will add this location to our listings her on and on our FaceBook page and you can gather that material needed. Ask your community if they have a cupboard full of leftover quilting fabric, unwanted duvets or pillow cases? We together will gladly give this pre-loved material and new home and new life!

Step 3 : Workshops

Arrange some dates and advertise via our Facebook Page.   Ask you community if they have a few spare hours up their sleeve.   It’s a fantastic social event and supports individuals that would like to help the community and have some quality social time with like-minded people.

Step 4 : Boomerang Logo

Arrange for the printed patches with the Boomerang logo to be sent to you so you can finish the bags, yes we do this bit for you as it’s the only part that costs – we have the ink and stamps so its easier for us to send this bit ready made and that’s a plug-and-play service!

Step 5 : Businesses

Let us know the businesses that want to hand out the bags once made and we can send a template for the retail hangers or they can collect the hangers ready made from Dorchester.  The display is key to the advertising.

Step 6 : Promote

Let us know how you are getting on! Let us know the number of bags and amount of helpers involved so that we can promote this- we will add the information to the global network.