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Create your own Halloween costume at ‘Stitch a Witch’ workshops

16 October 2019

Derry City and Strabane District Council are urging people to consider a return to the tradition of making their own Halloween fancy dress outfits at two specially arranged costume crafting workshops.

The ‘Stitch a Witch’ tutorials will be hosted at the ‘New 2 You’ centre in Pennyburn Recycling Centre from 10am to midday on Saturday 19th and Saturday 26th of October where people can learn basic sewing skills.

Head of Environment at Derry City and Strabane District Council, Conor Canning, encouraged the public to get involved in the sessions to learn more about making their own costumes and living sustainably.  

“We are encouraging people to gather up materials from around the house and give them a new lease of life for Derry Halloween at our Stitch a Witch workshops,” he said.

“Recycling fabric is a lot kinder to the environment than purchasing ready-made versions and there’s also a great sense of satisfaction from making your own unique costume.

“In this part of the world there’s also a rich shirt-making heritage and we hope that by teaching people sewing skills; it will equip them to mend, make and customise clothes in the future and move away from the fast fashion culture that we’re all accustomed to.

“Our re-use centre, New 2 You, is a fantastic facility where you can leave off any preloved furniture or electrical items and they are upcycled by people who are unemployed or in training.

“The centre also run courses like sewing on a regular basis so it’s a real plus socially, environmentally and economically.” 

Spaces at the workshops are limited so please book early on Eventbrite by clicking on the link  https://bit.ly/2AYtVle. Admission is £3 plus a booking fee.

For more information on what’s on, where to stay and how to get there, visit derryhalloween.com or follow @DerryHalloween on social media #DerryHalloween.