Limerick fashion students have Christmas all sewn up

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Showing off some of their designs are, from left,  Pauline McDonagh, Southern Regional Waste Management Office; Mini McDonagh, Darragh Ryan, Limerick City Council; Patricia OShaughnessy, Caherdavin; Daryl McMahon, Corbally and Miia Satama, Limerick College of Further Education. Picture: Sean Curtin
LIMERICK fashion students have the festive season all sewn up thanks to their participation in an innovative upcycling project.

LIMERICK fashion students have the festive season all sewn up thanks to their participation in an innovative upcycling project.

Students from the fashion department of Limerick College of Further Education (LCFE) will host a Christmas Jumper Day this Saturday and are inviting members of the public to take part.

The students are partnering with the Southern Region Waste Management Office (SRWMO) to transform jumpers owned by members of the public into Christmas jumpers in an effort to re-use some of the estimated one million tonnes of textiles thrown away annually from domestic sources.

The public are invited to bring their jumpers along to a workshop at 20 O’Connell Street (formerly Ferguson’s Chemist) between 11am and 3pm on Saturday.

“Fashion trends are forever changing and many items such as seasonal jumpers quite quickly become waste. This workshop will demonstrate how to cleverly transform something you already have using fabrics, plastics and other materials that are segregated for recycling,” explained Pauline McDonogh, waste prevention coordinator with the SRWMO.

Christmas jumpers have become very fashionable for family occasions and events such as the 12 Pubs of Limerick.

“Why buy a jumper on the high street that won’t make you stand out from the crowd when you can create something unique for yourself or for someone else using materials that would otherwise become waste,” said Ms McDonagh.

All people need to do next Saturday is come along with their jumper to Ferguson’s, choose a design with the fashion team and watch as their jumper is quickly transformed into a festive one for free. All material used to transform the jumpers will be from the recycling waste stream, except a little bit of glitter and glue.”