community tree jumper

There's a Boonah community arts project happening and everyone is invited to participate.

One thousand flowers are being created from old tshirts to be crafted into a tree jumper to be entered into the Warwick Jumpers and Jazz Festival in July.

The tree jumper will also be decorating a tree at this year's World Environment Day Festival on July 15.

The project is in need of adult sized tshirts (stained, torn, stretched are all ok) and people to make flowers.

Sessions are coming up at the

Boonah Library - Tuesday 18 April, 2 May and 16 May between 10am and 12 noon, and The Shed - Sunday 16 April between 11am and 1pm.
Everything will be provided.

We will also be doing a pop up at Pinkle and Co's arts collective at the old church for the Boonah Open Studios weekend. We'll be there between 11am and 1pm on Saturday May 27 and Sunday May 28.

There's also a basket at the Story Tree with everything that's needed to make flowers.

We're about to now start sewing the flowers onto the fabric, which is old green sheets.

No great sewing ability is required. Here are the instructions, and some pics to guide:

To prepare strips

  • Use adult sized tshirts
  • Cut off hem and side seams
  • Cut strips two inches wide side to side

To sew flowers 

  •  Double thread is best.
  •  Starting with a couple of small stitches to secure thread, run a ½ inch gathering  stitch along the centre of the strip.
  •  Gather fabric to approx half the original length.
  •  Secure with a couple of small stitches.
  •  Fold fabric in half along the gathering stitch.
  •  Roll around loosely, and sew to connect as you roll.
  •  Continue til the flower is formed and secure stitching at end.

Contact Janine on 0458 108 100 or Julie on 0435 992 798 for more information and to get involved.

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