Crafter’s Companion responds to scrub appeal

Crafter’s Companion has enlisted the help of its customers and local community to provide scrub bags for care workers in County Durham. 

Customers and staff at the Newton Aycliffe-based craft retailer have created more than 250 scrub bags for Countrywide Extra Care Homes across the County Durham area. Sara Davies, founder and creative director of the company, presented the scrubs to Julie Parkin, Countrywide Extra Care Manager.

This initiative follows Sara’s appearance on This Morning, to teach the nation how to create scrub bags at home by upcycling 100% cotton materials. The bags enable the country’s key workers to take their scrubs home in a safe way, allowing them to place the bag directly into the washing machine and also reducing the use of plastic bags.

Sara said: “Creating scrub bags is the perfect way to stay busy at home whilst providing much-needed materials for our NHS staff and key workers.

“It’s been great to see so many people getting involved and the bags are so easy to make. We have all of the information you need to get started on our website so I would urge anyone who would like to help to have a go!”

Cllr Lucy Hovvels MBE, Durham County Council Cabinet member for adult and health services, said: “It is wonderful to see everyone rallying together in these difficult times to support our key workers and the vital role they are playing in tackling this pandemic. Our care workers are doing such an important job in supporting County Durham residents and it’s very positive to see that these scrub bags will help to support them in their journey home from work.”

For more information on how to make the scrubs bags and the address to send finished bags to, please visit