Next Handout is 20th of November!

Let’s bag everyone for Christmas and remind them that morsbags make not only great presents but fabulous reusable wrapping paper!

We’re going to bag a local village – one morsbag through every letterbox that day – what will you do?

A coordinated handout means that many morsbags will be rehomed on the same day… get together with friends and pod members to have fun handing out morsbags.

Please join in!

Ecobags is our Featured Pod!

Congratulations Ecobags for being our Featured Pod – you’ve made 3356 morsbags to date, so we asked you these questions:

Who is in your pod?

Just me.

When/where do you sew bags?

My living room – any time I have time.

Where did you first hear about Morsbags?

A friend.

Did you think about the use of plastic bags before?

Yes.

What type of sewing machines do you use?

Janome 1560 and, on loan from a local environmental group, an overlocking machine, Jaguar 097. This has enabled me to double production!

Please give 3 adjectives to describe your first morsbag.

Interesting, satisfying, enjoyable.

What was the most unusual thing you’ve made a Morsbag out of?

An apron, ties for handles.

Who was your first bagging victim?

A friend.

What’s your finest Morsbag moment?

Hearing from morsbags HQ that the organiser of a local gardens open emailed in appreciation of morsbags I supplied for their sale of plants.

Who do you give your morsbags to?

Health food shop. Vegetable market. Village shops and markets. Food Cupboard. Quantock Eco – (people growing fruit and veg for the Food Cupboard). Country Market. Nappy Library. Library groups. Friends and family and anyone I meet who needs a bag.

Who would you like to guerilla bag most? (dead or alive)

Anyone still using a PLASTIC BAG!

Of course none of this would be possible if donations of fabric didn’t arrive. All sorts turn up from washed out bedding to considerable amounts of unused curtain, upholstery and dress materials, all potentially recyclable. That’s what makes it interesting!

5th of March 2016

The idea is to sew like mad to make as many lovely morsbags to hand out as possible – perhaps organise a local group for courage, support and joy, and hand out free morsbags to locals wherever you are in the world……

You can:

  • bag your local corner shop
  • bag a local restaurant
  • bag a whole street by posting through letterboxes
  • bag a theatre
  • bag a bus
  • bag your entire family
  • bag the local school

The possibilities are endless and it’s up to YOU, wherever YOU are!

If you fancy joining in, give us, and your local radio/newspaper, a shout. Email, Facebook or write on the forum to say that you’re IN and see what people in other areas are doing…

Harborough HIT Bags is Featured Pod!

Congratulations Harborough HIT Bags for being our Featured Pod – you’ve made 8682 morsbags to date, so we asked you these questions:

Who is in your pod?

There are about 15 people – all women though we have tried to recruit men. Some have been in the pod since it started some 6 years ago. Originally we were supported by a local council officer but now we are part of a volunteer environment group and we can claim some money from them for expenses – though we try not to. We now have a podlet who meet at a retirement complex locally. In all we have sewn over 8000 bags since we started and we always celebrate every time we hit the thousand. We are already looking forward to the 10,000th celebration.

When/where do you sew bags?

Most people do their sewing at home. We meet once a month on a Monday evening at a local Council Centre but that meeting is mainly to share fabric and information- we have a cupboard there where we can store fabric etc. At the meeting we organise events, see what labels we need and of course eat cake. Some people sew and some cut out bags. Others just chat – it does say sociable on the label!

Where did you first hear about Morsbags?

Most of us have heard about it from seeing the HIT bags stall at local events and then coming along to a meeting to check us out.

Did you think about the use of plastic bags before?

We are all keen to improve the environment and some of us are also volunteer litter pickers and river cleaners so the Morsbags ideas fitted in well.

What type of sewing machines do you use?

All sorts though we have some hand cranked ones that we use on stalls when we are giving demonstrations on how to sew bags and they are always popular with people coming up and reminiscing about their sewing days.

What was the most unusual thing you’ve made a Morsbag out of?

Shirts are good fun. We try to make a variety of bags so that all can have ones they like – men like darker colours, children like smaller ones. Some people like shorter or longer handles. We find that people can be quite fussy about the bags even though they are free.

Who was your first bagging victim?

Most people start with their families especially if they have not sewn for a while. We give them out at local events, fetes, fairs, supermarkets and every so often we go round to local businesses in the town and give them out so that staff can have them on site for lunch time shopping.

What’s your finest Morsbag moment?

Seeing people’s faces when they realise they are free and with no catch is always fun.

How do you get fabric for more bags?

We are always asking for donations of fabric when we give bags out. We have paper tags inside each bag which gives information about us. The local Council offices are willing to receive it on our behalf. We try the local curtain makers and charity shops. We have tried to publicise ourselves on the local radio and the local papers but we always are on the lookout for more. We even have our own Facebook page now. If we can’t use any fabric we are given we try to recycle it to other craft groups, schools etc. so none of it is wasted.

Bude Baggers is Pod of the Month!

Congratulations Bude Baggers for being ‘Pod of the Fortnight’ – you’ve made 1400 morsbags to date, so we asked you these questions:

1) Who is in your pod?

We have 35 members

2) When/where do you sew morsbags?

We meet once a month at my house, there’s usually between 4 and 10 of us at our get togethers. People sew bags at home inbetween get togethers, and a couple of members also have bagmaking get togethers with a few of their friends as well

3) Where did you first hear about morsbags?

I saw Claire on BBC breakfast programme in 1997

4) Did you think about your use of plastic bags before?

Yes, I was already using re-useable bags, but wasn’t aware of the scale of the problem

5) What type of sewing machine/s do you use?

I use a Singer electric, other people in the pod have different makes

6) Please give 3 adjectives to describe your first morsbag.

Slow to create!

7) What was the most unusual or satisfying thing you’ve made a morsbag out of?

I made some bags out of cotton kaftans given to me by an elderly lady, who had worn them a long time ago when she lived in the middle east with her husband, who had since died. I gave her a couple of the bags I’d made and she almost cried with happiness at being able to see her kaftans again, and to use them every day, because it gave her lots of happy memories

8) Who was your first bagging victim?

My neighbour (I wasn’t brave enough to hand one to a stranger in those days!)

9) What’s been your finest morsbag moment?

The first get together I organised, because I’d spent years as a solitary bagmaker, so it was wonderful to finally have other people to make bags with!

10) Who would you like to guerilla bag most? (dead or alive)

Someone ridiculously famous and cool, like Lady GaGa, who’d be photographed with her bag all the time and so give morsbags tons of publicity!

P.S.

I got my pod in Bude going by taking bags along to a local beach clean, to give out to the volunteers. One of them suggested I start a Facebook page, which has proved vital for my pod to grow. Virtually all my pod members are local people on facebook, people post on the page almost every day, photos of bags they’ve made etc, and I use it to give dates of get togethers and so on. So our facebook page is integral to our pod working and flourishing.

I also have a continuing close connection with the beach cleaning group, as our aims complement each other, a good number of pod members have joined through being given a bag at a beach clean.

Next Handout on May 4th

The idea is to sew like billy-o to make as many lovely morsbags to hand out as possible – perhaps organise a local group for courage, support and joy, and hand out free morsbags to locals.  A sort of ‘Pay it forward’ – ‘Random Act of Kindness’ idea as morsbags are always given out for FREE. Wait ’til you see how much people appreciate being given a lovingly handmade bag to use over and over…

You can:

  • bag your local corner shop
  • bag a local restaurant
  • bag a whole street by posting through letterboxes
  • bag a theatre
  • bag a bus
  • bag your entire family
  • bag the local school

The possibilities are endless and it’s up to YOU, wherever YOU are!

 

Charnwood Pod doing brilliantly!

Charnwood Pod say: “We gave bags to the Community Opportunities Team, who work with adults with profound learning disability. They were very pleased to receive them. They are going to decorate them and use them for their craft/actitivity and have promised pictures.
Today’s bags: There were 3 of us and we made 4 bags each which was a record for all of us, there was smoke coming from those machines, especially Denise Irish’s as she made one in 15 minutes!”
Way to go Charnwood Pod!

Action in Alsager today 26th September

Sewing unplugged!Tracy is making morsbags with her little old hand crank sewing machine outside the coop in Alsager RIGHT NOW!

All set up and sewing away – come and say hi — at

19-23 Lawton Road Alsager ST7 2AA
 
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