A community coming together, one stitch at a time

Community | 8th January 2021

During the first lockdown Geography teacher Mrs Prestney joined a community of people who helped sew scrubs for local NHS workers in ICU units.

Mrs Pretney wrote: “The project was co-ordinated by the haberdashery ‘Stitches’ in Cheam and the project became an enormous part of my lockdown experience, helping to sew about 100 scrubs hats in total to contribute to the overall amount sewn for Kings College Hospital and Saint Heliers. The sewing gave us all a real purpose through what was a very difficult time, and really helped the groups mental health as well as importantly supporting local NHS heroes.

Stitches, now alongside Sutton and Cheam Rotary, are now getting a new project underway; this time to support the environment, and I’d like to call on your help!

This project involves the community sewing reusable tote bags, which will then be distributed for free to the local community, in order to combat plastic waste. Any member of the Trinity community can get involved by either sewing the tote bags themselves, or donating material that would have otherwise been thrown away (think old bed sheets and duvet covers) for other sewers in the community to use. Completed tote bags or material donations can then be taken in to school (when we are permitted), where I will be collecting them, and then taking them to Stitches in Cheam. The tote bag is a very easy sew so there’s no need to worry about it, and even if you’ve never sewn before it would be a great project to start with. The pattern can be found in a link at the bottom of the article.

It would be great to see the Trinity community involved with this-helping our mental health through this second lock down that we find ourselves in, as well as helping the environment at the same time.

If you have any questions then please email me at school (AXP@trinity.croydon.sch.uk). Looking forward to having you on board!”

How to make a Morsbag