Morsbags shortlisted for P.E.A. Award

That stands for People. Environment. Achievement. !

We are shortlisted in the ‘Green Pioneer‘ category and the awards are dished out on the 13th October so please wish us luck!

You can view all the shortlists for 2017 here at the P.E.A. Awards Website (opens in a new window)

 

Morsbags at the Great British Sewing Bee Live

It’s the sewing event of the year! And we will be there…

Please visit morsbags at the Great British Sewing Live at London’s Excel exhibition centre from the 21st September until the 24th.

We desperately need volunteers to help man our stall with us. If you are able to come and spend a day with us and get a free pass to the show, then please can you fill out this form.

We also need as many bags as you can make! We are supplying 1500 morsbags for VIPs of the show. You can show your commitment by going to your pod page and filling in the ‘challenge bags pledged‘ tally. This helps us calculate who is able to help us make these much need bags. We are getting an amazing stand in return for the bags, courtesy of the GBSB live and Upper Street events. It will be a great exposure for morsbags and the bags are needed to help us spread the word to all the VIPs and press at the event. We will need you to sew on labels but we will replenish any labels free of charge, and we will organise a courier to pick the bags up from you at our cost.

Please let us know if you can help.

All enquiries: admin@morsbags.com

Morsbags at Kirstie Allsopp Handmade Fair!

Morsbags are excited to be at the Kirstie Allsopp Handmade Fair in Ragley, Warwickshire,12-14 May – with hand crank machines – giving people the opportunity to come and make morsbags. We can’t wait!! Hope to see you there….

https://www.facebook.com/thehandmadefair/

Patrick Grant Competition….

Here at morsbags HQ we have a serious crush on the divine Patrick Grant (from the Sewing Bee), so here’s an exciting competition… fancy designing a morsbag for him? The winning morsbag will be presented to him in May! Details to follow soon… thinking caps on!!

Lion’s Sponsorship of morsbags labels

Thanks to sponsorship by Rothley & Soar Valley Lions club for morsbags labels for Sue’s Mountsorrel Pod! Sue has made red morsbags for their 40th year (Ruby Anniversary) and is busy making 200 for the Christmas food handout… good luck and thank you Sue!

Please set up a pod if you have ordered labels…

HUGE numbers of labels orders coming in 🙂 – which is brilliant – but please please do set up a pod so the morsbags you make can be added to the tally, which in turn inspires others… the number of labels we send out doesn’t correspond to the number of bags added to the tally and it would be so much more impressive if it did!

Here’s the link to set up a pod so you can add: http://www.morsbags.com/pods/create-a-pod/ (you can mark yourself as uncontactable and we’ll never spam you, if that’s a worry)

Morsbagging stats for February!

Beattie is our fabulous resident number cruncher and this is what happened in February:

3026 bags were made by 48 pods.

Pods that made bags: Earthlings, Guy’s Marsh Prison, Whissybags, Wundertuete, Bude Baggers, Pickering Stitchers, Sue’s Mountsorrel, Material Girls, Darting Frog, Macs Bags, Niffy Bags, The old bag, Atherstone Pod, Less is Mors, Die Nähdamen, Brislington WI, Made in Quarry Bank, Trusty Bags, Offcuts, Megsmors, Women of Wimborne (WOW), Whetstone Whales, Daily Thread, Valbags, Bargebaggers, JEMors, Crafty Chatters of Lowdham, Greenbags, Rags to Bags, Ballypod, Ireland, The old bag, Handcross Bag Lady, Les’spod, LoopyBags, The Taylor’s Needle Community, Bag Masters, Anstey, Leicestershire, Eversewcrafty, Ivybags, Harborough Hit Bags, prime2357, Megsmors, Monty Morsbags, Stoffdronning, Chayce, Friends of St.Margaret’s, The Asfordby One, The Scrapstore Birmingham

We welcome 12 New pods: Sue’s Mountsorrel, Made in Quarry Bank, Megsmors, Women of Wimborne (WOW), Anstey, Leicestershire, Tam’s Pod, Bagsofbags, The Sewing Corner, Upcyclebags, Stoffdronning, Friends of St.Margaret’s, The Asfordby One

Kudos to the pods that appear in both lists – you get a gold star for not letting the grass grow under your feet 🙂

Comments:

LoopyBags wrote
“Solo morsbagger just getting back into the swing of making again after a few months inactivity (Feb 2017). Aiming to get to 2000 made by end of 2017.”
Welcome back Chris!

“At the The Taylor’s Needle, we believe in supporting our community with the skills and resources that we have available. We use our leftover scraps of fabric (and considerable amount of skill ; ) to help improve our environment and the lives of others in our community. We welcome anyone wanting to join our little team here in the Treasure Valley!”
For those not in the know, the wonderful-sounding Treasure Valley is at Nampa, near Boise, Idaho, USA

Noosa Dillybags writes “I joined Morsbags 7 years ago when I had broken my leg and sewing was about all I could do. Since then I’ve joined a group called Boomerang Bags, Noosa and we share the same goals as Morsbags. We currently sew from Wallace House, Noosa Arts & Crafts in Noosaville on Monday & Wednesday mornings from 9.30 to 12.30. We have made hundreds of bags which have been distributed throughout the Noosa shire to organisations such as Noosa Council, IGA supermarket and many smaller retail shops selling fruit and veg, books, health foods and more. We welcome all new volunteers whether you can sew or not. There are many jobs for non sewers and we are happy to teach you to sew if you want to learn.”
Noosa is in Queensland, Australia

“Wundertüte is a solo pod and bags the local library and the Vechelde book swap. Recently I discovered the Morsbag pattern for wheelchairs and gave them a go. I found a willing “test pilot” who tried out my prototype bag on her Zimmer frame. As a result, eight other ladies in the nursery home requested bags for themselves. I was thrilled and, of course, obliged.”

Thanks for all your efforts, morsbaggers everywhere! The turtles and whales thank you too!

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!