January – New Year, New Pods!

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  • #8275
    beattie
    beattie
    Keymaster

    Wow! What a month for new pods joining morsbags! We had 29 – count them, twenty-nine new pod registrations. 😀

    They are –

    JustJane
    Halifax Raggedy Baggers
    Greener Tywyn Gwyrdd
    In Stitches
    Mistletoe
    Phoenix fabrics
    Barbara’s Bags
    MDBags
    No Waste Witches
    The Bag Lady
    Wysebags
    Capel Iwan Quilters
    Faire Des Sacs
    Stewkley Toddlers
    Bega Valley Eco Bags
    Landford / Nomansland Baggers
    BA1Bags
    Vermillion’s Bags
    Waste Not Want Not
    Milliebags
    Holsworthy Baggers
    Bumble
    Rejig Bags
    Tezabag
    Baggage Reclaim – Coventry
    Wastefreewinky
    Beechwood WI
    Toot’s Bags
    Hardwick Carriers

    Welcome to you all, I hope you enjoy your bagging. As I write this there are two days to go til the next official handout (though you can give morsbags away whenever you want, organised or impromptu). Why not have a go at a little guerrilla bagging (giving bags away to passers-by in your local shopping street), you’ll probably enjoy it! If you’re not in the mood for that, all other methods of bag distribution are perfectly fine.

    Active pods that added bags to the global tally in January were –

    Niffy Bags
    Bude Baggers
    Stashbusters
    Die Nähdamen
    The Scrapstore Birmingham
    Bladen Bags
    Kentish Essex Girls
    Te Awa Pod
    JustJane
    St Paul Baggers
    Panache
    Monty Morsbags
    Seaside Sisters
    Tam’s Pod
    Greener Tywyn Gwyrdd
    Tivoli West
    Sally South Bags
    Toni Fab Bags
    Pickering Stitchers
    The old bag
    Phoenix fabrics
    Whale bags
    Whissybags
    LoopyBags
    Helland Baggers
    Crafty Chatters of Lowdham
    Macs Bags
    HopStitching
    Earthlings
    Valbags
    Wysebags
    bobbin bags
    Ivybags
    say no to plastic
    The Chickadeez (and friends)
    Snobbyeddy Crafts
    Less is Mors
    MDBags
    Meddon Morsbaggers
    Faire Des Sacs
    No Waste Witches
    Landford / Nomansland Baggers
    Morsbag Meisters
    Cuckoobird
    The Taylor’s Needle Community
    Handcross Bag Lady
    Atherstone Pod
    Vermillion’s Bags
    Worth Stitchers
    Wundertuete
    Ellabee’s
    Milliebags
    Butterfly Bags
    Holsworthy Baggers
    Bumble
    Kreative Koepfe
    SusiSews
    Offcuts
    Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers
    Tezabag
    ECOBAGS

    Another record – there are 61 on that list. Sixty-one pods added bags to the tally in January 2018! That is just amazing. Well done every stitcher represented on that list – and double congratulations to the ten pods appearing on both lists.

    And how many bags were made in January? 2744 – all ready and able to replace countless single-use plastic bags.

    I look forward to recording even more bags made in February, March etc….

    #8279
    butterfly bags
    butterfly bags
    Participant

    That’s a fabulous start to the year.

    #8280
    butterfly bags
    butterfly bags
    Participant

    Just had a look at last years stats.
    2592 bags were made last January.

    #8286
    beattie
    beattie
    Keymaster

    Thanks for looking that up Tori. So we even managed to make more bags than at the same time last year – fantastic! 🙂

    #8291
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    loopychriss
    Participant

    Fantastic result isn’t it?! I think now with the plastic situation being taken seriously, more people might get involved and realise there isn’t a catch!

    Just one thing, off topic….why is the forum so quiet now? At one time there were new messages hourly and we built up a good repartee with each other. The FB page just isn’t the same!

    #8294
    Agwen
    Agwen
    Participant

    A wonderful start to 2018.

    I have just added to our total for Feb. some of which were made by our local Girl Guides at their meeting on Friday. They all made beautiful bags and were so full of enthusiasm that they also took home a second bag to make at home. We went to the meeting at the suggestion of one of the girls so word is spreading.

    Regarding your comment loopychriss, it is very quiet. I don’t do FB so this is my only contact with other pods.

    #8302
    beattie
    beattie
    Keymaster

    I wish I knew why the big migration off this site LoopyChris! Without other people to talk to it’s hard to keep it lively – I’m very pleased you and Agwen replied. I did join Facebook a while ago but only look on there every few days.

    #8356
    Kathy Kennedy
    Kathy Kennedy
    Participant

    Loopychriss, I think you’re right that more and more people are becoming aware of the problems with plastic, especially single-use plastic. Keep on bagging!
    –Kathy, Mid-Missouri USA, Earthlings pod

    #8366
    beattie
    beattie
    Keymaster

    It’s really in the news at the moment, and not just bags!

    #8412
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    Trish23
    Participant

    I’m new to all this – I’m Faire Des Sacs down in South Warwickshire and have been going since the new year. I’ve been digging around to find out what the ‘challenge’ tally is for on my pod page and see that it was for an event in 2017. Is Morsbags.com linked to an event for 2018? I would willingly make some challenge bags. Trish x

    #8414
    beattie
    beattie
    Keymaster

    Hi Trish, you’re right, the “challenge bags” was for an event last September, and that feature was created for that event. I don’t know if morsbags is going to do it again or not. The event was a great success, but from my point of view the venue suffered from dreadful disorganisation behind the scenes…..

    Have you handed out any of your bags yet? Fun, isn’t it? 😀

    #8548
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    loopychriss
    Participant

    Still quiet on here, but I’ll post anyway. Been stuck indoors for 4 days now due to the snow. Not that I’m complaining, I love being at home and have made the most of it by making bags. I had a beach clean due this Sunday (I live in Herne Bay), and have been making re-usable rubbish bags out of thermal curtain linings. The idea being that we can put all our rubbish in them, and then empty them into litter bins or the (dreaded) plastic sacks that the group organiser has us put our findings in. Unfortunately the beach clean has been cancelled because of the snow so I’ll have to wait until next month to give them their first outing.

    Hoping to get a few more made and reach my target of 2,000 bags in a couple of weeks!

    #8549
    Kathy Kennedy
    Kathy Kennedy
    Participant

    That’s a really interesting project. How big do you make those reusable rubbish bags?
    –Kathy K, mid-Missouri, USA (Earthlings pod)
    No snow here right now, knock wood

    #8632
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    Odd Handles
    Participant

    Loopy, I think it is to do with forums generally not being as popular as they were 5 or 6 years ago. To be honest we do find Facebook is more immediate for local pods. Bude Baggers, for example built themselves up purely using Facebook. We get a lot of enquiries on Facebook as well. Tori works tirelessly on Facebook for team leicester and Beattie does the same on here. I am proud to have them both as my friends!

    #8638
    beattie
    beattie
    Keymaster

    Thank you Rosie! X
    Much the same comment was made just yesterday on another website I use. Someone asked “Where is everybody?” and the reply was the same as Odd Handles gave above, it’s a general flight from this sort of forum to “social media”, i.e. facebook, twitter, instagram and so on.

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