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  • #29464
    butterfly bags
    butterfly bags
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    Hello everyone.
    Just thought I would check in and see how everyone is doing at this unusual time. I hope everyone is well and staying safe.
    I’m sure most of us have got a big stash of fabric so can keep sewing whilst we are staying inside.
    Love to morsbaggers everywhere.

    #30786
    Whissybags
    Whissybags
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    Hi Butterfly Bags and fellow Morsbaggers
    I have noticed that there are several messages on the Forum that have never received any replies. That is really sad especially at the current time when we should all be supporting each other – I am just as bad as I haven’t been on the site for a couple of months. Members of our pod (and others in the village) have been making scrubs or laundry bags for the care workers in our county – both hospitals and care homes. The fabric bought with donations (new fabric has been used for scrubs) has run out and so we are now free to start making Morsbags again although a number of us are keen gardners.
    Do hope everyone has been kept busy and staying safe.
    Love and best wishes to you all
    Crafty Foxes
    Whissybags Pod

    #30838
    ivybags
    ivybags
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    Hi Whissybags
    You are right, we should be supporting each other, there has been a lot of activity on the Facebook pages, many making bags for unifor, which has been brilliant. My colleagues told me that they are using theirs, that I gave out several months ago. I’m home working, but made some ear protectors for them, and have been making masks

    On the plus side, we have now started to send out label orders, now that we can get to our local PO. It may be a slower service, but the PO have been amazing over the last few weeks
    Anne
    Admin

    #31131
    Agwen
    Agwen
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    Hi everyone

    we are all well here at macs bags. Several of our ladies have been making scrubs, scrubs bags and gowns. We have also been making masks for those in the village who would like them.
    As I said we are all well but we are very much looking forward to the time when we can get together again.
    Although some of the restrictions are being lifted, stay safe everyone.

    #31420
    ivybags
    ivybags
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    That is really great to hear Agwen. Morsbaggers have been putting a lot of their skills to really good use during the last four months.

    #31794
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    Odd Handles
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    You are right Crafty Fox. As Ivybags said there is a lot of activity on social media. I used to know most morsbaggers who posted on here and made some great forever friends. But things change and people come and go. It is the nature of morsbags in a way and keeps things fresh. There is always a lot of work going on behind the scenes though. Ivybags sending out labels, Beattie moderating the website, Joe keeping our details secure and Pol answering a squillion emails and constantly raising the profile of her third baby, I mean morsbags!

    The whole history of morsbags will be on the old forum – past competitions, events, photos of bags etc.

    I am very proud of you Whissybags. Maggie Ward and I did an event at Leicestershire WI not sure how many years ago, caught that particular virus and the rest is history! You are my baby!!

    I am fine, not running a pod or events anymore due to health. I am shielding and planning for bypass next year.

    Crafty 🦊 we can meet up if Oadby ever gets out of lockdown! Teashop in Rutland?! Fabulous xx

    #31796
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    Odd Handles
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    And off course all the morsbaggers beavering away making bags, masks, ear protectors etc. I did have an interesting email from Public Health Leicester asking if we could make masks for the public waiting in queues at the test centres. It was a bit of a command! I declined passing it on to other morsbaggers in Leics. I thought it was rather a tall order!

    #31968
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    hetty_ford
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    I’ve been absent….. in March, at the request of a friend working in a hospital, I started making face masks and completed about 800 of them by last month. The need is not so great any more and masks are now available everywhere (and I developed tendonitis 😀 ) so I would love to get back to bag-making. However, here in Florida where I live there is still a great aversion to being handed anything by a stranger… which in a way is understandable. I used to just stand in the checkout line at my grocery store, or walk down the center path at the farmer’s market, and just ask people if they would like a nice, free, washable bag. That is not so much an option now. Some grocery stores even stop you from bringing your own bags in.
    What is a person to do with so little else going on and the urge to get the sewing machine cranked up? Anyone else have run across this? Solutions??
    Thanks, and I hope everyone is keeping safe!

    #31989
    beattie
    beattie
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    Congratulations on your magnificent mask-making Hetty!

    I too have been wondering how morsbags could be distributed in a contactless way.

    Wrapping each one individually in plastic is NOT an acceptable answer!
    Ideas, anyone?

    #33368
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    hetty_ford
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    In spite of the fact that I still do not have an outlet, I have started making bags again. If anyone has good suggestions on how to go about distributing bags at this time, please let me know!

    #33742
    ivybags
    ivybags
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    Hi Hetty
    I used to leave a heap of bags at my local farm shop. They used to keep a stash of used plastic bags near the check outs, so I would do a drop each time I shopped there. Eventually they started producing their own hessian bags, so I didn’t carry on with my drops. But you could do something like that, so they are not personally handed out.

    #33749
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    hetty_ford
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    Thank you; that is a good suggestion.
    I have a friend who owns a vacation rental company and she is putting a bag in each ‘welcome pack’ for guests. Now that travel is increasing somewhat there may be a demand for more bags. I just keep making them….. have tons of fabrics…. 🙂

    #33751
    Ann Montgomery
    Ann Montgomery
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    Hi All and well done everyone for such amazing efforts during this pandemic. It was good to feel as though I was doing something to help. I started by making masks for the family and that rapidly developed to carers and shopworkers who couldn’t get masks at that time. My little stash of beautiful cotton pieces that I could not bear to throw away came into it’s own! My road has a whatsapp group so that we can all help each other and that became the order line for further masks. As I had been in shielding since the start, I was confident my masks were Covid free! Added to that, they were in quarantine for 3 days before giving away (in clean envelopes). I recently did 2 socially distanced handouts. One for the Macmillan Coffee Morning and the other for Great Glen Walking Market. All bags were in quarantine for 3 days before the event. I had bags on a stand with table in front. I wore mask and gloves and asked people to point to the bag they would like and then put it on the table for them. Everyone was happy to take them. No-one said anything about spreading Covid. At the walking market, Jan from FabGbags and I just put them over our arms and, as it was outdoors, handed them to anyone who wanted them. Again masks and gloves were worn. No rooting through the bags was allowed – if you touched it, it was yours 😀 It was great to be out again. It can be done, so if you feel confident enough, I recommend it. Sally South Bags have been making bags for the Salvation Army Foodbank throughout. Sadly, there are even more calls on the foodbank these days and we can’t make enough! If anyone has an excess of bags they would like to donate, they would be very grateful. Ask me for details. Love and best wishes to everyone and virtual hugs to anyone struggling at this difficult time. Ann x

    #33753
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    hetty_ford
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    Ann I assume you are in the UK so sending you my bags would be prohibitively expensive since I am in the US. However, I will reach out to the foodbank here and ask if they want bags. That is certainly a worthwhile destination!

    #33770
    Ann Montgomery
    Ann Montgomery
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    Thank you for your reply Hetty and yes, I meant Morsbaggers local to me in Leicester, uk. There are a lot of us in Leicestershire, uk. There are quite a lot of us in Leicestershire, and it is easier for us to work together for events. Thank you for your reply and I’m sure your food bank will be grateful. Best wishes. Ann

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