Hackney pupils grow and make clothes

Morningside School pupils use flax to make clothes

Morningside School pupils use flax to make clothes - Credit: Archant

From seed to sewing, pupils at Morningside Primary School have been growing and making their own clothes.

As part of a nine-month project called Grow a London Garment, pupils at the school, in Chatham Place, planted flax seeds, harvested them and then spun the fibres to make into clothing.

Local community group the Cordwainers Garden Association helped the Year 4 pupils, aged eight and nine, to learn the textile skills to create the garments.

Zoe Burt, flax workshop leader of the Grow a London Garment project, said: “Understanding that clothes and material for sofas, chairs and curtains can be made from linen is exciting, and seeing how that process starts from a tiny seed and ends in a garment helps the children think about where their clothes come from and make a connection to nature and their environment.

“The flax project was a real success and we managed to engage with youngsters in a hands-on way to promote a very important message and we are hugely grateful to Sanctuary for their support.”

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