Bordersbags - bags with heart and soul

by ReTweed in Eyemouth, Scotland, United Kingdom

Bordersbags - bags with heart and soul
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by ReTweed in Eyemouth, Scotland, United Kingdom

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Alice Elsworth 7th October 2019

So pleased to support this brilliant project. The skills taught at ReTweed can be commercial but also social and self esteem building all in an environment of ethical manufacture - what’s not to love!

Lyn Hamilton 3rd October 2019

Diverting Textiles from Landfill, reducing plastic consumption and supporting a circular economy, empowering women and teaching new skills. What is not to love. Well done Good Luck you amazing lot at ReTweed 😘❤️👏

David McGill 12th September 2019

As we venture ever further into this great ocean of madness that has gripped our daily lives, every now and then we come across a little island of sanity that gives us hope. It may be small, tiny in fact in the great scheme of things, but hopeful nevertheless. ReTweed is one such island: a social enterprise based in the picturesque town of Eyemouth on the Berwickshire coast where women are being trained in the traditional crafting skills, in what once the heartland of Scotland’s textile industry. Run by a small highly-efficient management team and staffed by dedicated volunteers, some sixty-four women of all ages have completed a certificated course which has given them the qualifications and skills needed to enter the world of work. It has also given them a unique opportunity to work as individuals and as part of a team. For me a visit to ReTweed’s workshop in Eyemouth’s High Street is a happy few hours amongst happy people. International Tartans has worked closely with ReTweed for the last three years. What began as a donation of scraps of tartan has developed into a commercial relationship in which ReTweed have supplied us with a wide range of tartan accessories for customers in over a dozen countries. We are currently working on the development of new products, but this latest venture by ReTweed is entirely their own. Bags are just bags you might say, but Bordersbags takes them to a new level. Made by graduate trainees from surplus curtain material these simple, practical Tote bags give everyone the opportunity to do something positive. As one supporter remarked “What a fantastic initiative, combining lots of really positive work in one amazing project! Supporting women, developing skills, bringing communities together, supporting entrepreneurs, reducing waste to landfill and reducing plastic, supporting food banks, it's incredible!” International Tartans has ordered four bags: two will be donated to the local foodbank and the two others will be sent as gifts to Greta Thunberg and Nicola Sturgeon. And as an added bonus for me personally, ReTweed has made my Christmas shopping into a no-brainer. Everyone will get a Bordersbag or a photograph of the one going to a foodbank in their name.

Mark Rowley 10th September 2019

Great initiative by the enterprising team at’ll have your work cut out with getting me through one of your training sessions! Looking forward to the challenge, the bag...and the cake


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more


In return for your kind donation, we will give five bags to the foodbank or another local community group. And our heartfelt thanks to you!

£7 or more

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In return for your kind donation, we will give one bag to the foodbank or another local community group. And our heartfelt thanks to you!

£15 or more

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We will give one bag to the foodbank (or another community group), and one bag to you. You can collect it yourself direct from ReTweed in Eyemouth - we would love to see you! Or we will send it to you if you prefer (by end of November)

£30 or more

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A place at our special workshop PLUS five sets of Bordersbags branded labels. Take them home and make Bordersbags for your friends. What a great gift idea!

£50 or more

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We will donate two bags to the foodbank AND give you and your friend a place each at our special workshop – learn how to make your very own Bordersbag!

£80 or more


Are you a business owner looking for ethical products to sell? Purchase 10 bags to retail and share the Bordersbags message. (Includes Delivery)

£150 or more

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An exclusive workshop at ReTweed, just for you and five friends or colleagues. This one-day workshop will share the secrets of our bag, take the mystery out of the sewing machine and show you how to get the most from your machine.

£250 or more

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Our workshop held exclusively for six people at your workplace. One of our sewing wizards will come to you with six machines and will teach you how to make your own Bordersbags.

£20 or more

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A place for you at a specially designed workshop, suitable for all levels. One of our talented tutors will teach you how to make your very own Bordersbag. We'll provide the cake!

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