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Thanks for answering Agwen’s question Ivybags. I’ve been holding off as I can see it’s a difficult one.
In the past, bags to help people on various treatments requiring syringe drivers have been made, but not counted as morsbags.
Trusty Bags (which was started by our late-lamented Rosie, mega-morsbag superstar) made quite a few in addition to the enormous number of morsbags produced and distributed, but they did not include them in the amazing tally of 56078 that still keeps them at the top of the leaderboard.
As I see it, making syringe driver bags is an excellent project with benefits for others, just like making face coverings for anti-COVID uses, special pyjamas for children in hospital, or bootees for dogs with tender paws, but they’re not morsbags.
Care to give an opinion Pol or Joe?
Anyone else with ideas about this?
Thank you Ivybags and Joby!
I’ve been absolutely at a loss to post a fitting tribute to Rosie. The special edition labels are lovely.
So now we need to fetch out our most colourful fabric bits and whizz up some morsbags with non-matching handles to commemorate the most colourful, passionate morsbagger who ever wore odd crocs.
It’s lovely to hear from you Kathy, and with good news too. I’m pleased that you are able to use your own bags again where you live.
It’s strange how different places handle the shopping bag issue. In the village where I live, one well organised mid-sized shop has a system to control the number of people allowed in at any one time. Even if you’ve only popped in for one item you have to take a wire basket. If there isn’t a basket available you can’t go in and have to wait outside = control system for numbers. But it’s still perfectly normal to bring your own bag and pack into it when the cashier has put your shopping through the till.
Other than a few small bits and pieces from local shops we haven’t been inside a supermarket since February 2020, so I am unable to comment on what happens here in the UK. I see that people ordering using “Click and Collect” are encouraged to bring their own reusable bags to pack the shopping into. We have had our supermarket shopping delivered for over a year now, and it’s a long time since it ALL arrived in plastic bags. Now only a few items are in plastic (fish, raw meat, mostly) and that’s in spite of ticking the “no plastic bags” box when ordering. 🙁
Can other morsbaggers comment on reusable bag use where they live now that life is returning towards a tentative sort of normal?
Thank you Anne !! *hugs* 🙂
Welcome Emma. I hope that when we can return to a more normal life we will all be able to take on giving away morsbags again. In the meantime we could be building up stocks for a celebratory handout.
I have not replied as this has been a “bone of contention” in the past which I didn’t want to dig up again!!
I think it depends on how big the gift bags are and how many times they get re-used.
I also make some produce bags from surplus net fabric. They have drawstring tops and I find that fruit and veg keep better in them, but I don’t count them as morsbags.
What do other morsbaggers think?
P.S. Thanks for your helpful reply quiltdyer! I hope you’re well after your vaccination.
Stay safe morsbaggers!
Woohoo Claire Bear! *Waves and claps in support* 😀 That’s brilliant news.
I’m sorry you had such a bad reaction to your first jab too. I hope the next one will not be so dramatic.
I’ve used an overlocker and found that it can be useful for the first side seams, but the threads need to be finished off by hand or the seams start to come undone. (Or maybe I’m not good at using an overlocker.) Now the darned thing needs re-threading – a task I haven’t tried before, that keeps getting put off, for some reason.. 🙁
I have used handcranks many times and have a few just because they are lovely things.
We find that they are essential if you want to sew in a field (or a tent) with no electricity supply.
A handcrank makes a useful talking point – people come to you or your stall to talk about how they used to help their Granny / Aunty / Mother by winding the handle. You can usually give them a morsbag when they’ve run out of memories to share!
Handcranks are good for children or novices to try out (carefully supervised) as the machine can’t run away with you. Everything happens quite slowly and it’s easy to understand action and result.
Do you need one? No. The disadvantages are that they are slow and temperamental compared to modern machines.
Advantages are that they are talking points, a link with the past, can be very pretty.
What do other morsbaggers think?
This sounds like an excellent plan to me Khanhvan, provided the morsbags are only ever given away, with no charge made for getting one. Charity shops can make excellent depots for collecting donations and for distributing morsbags, but sometimes the people running the charity shop become very focused on raising money for the good cause they support and lose sight of the basic ethic of morsbags – that they are given away free.
I use the slightly guilty feeling that this can cause in some people to suggest that they make sure that they use their morsbag and don’t leave it in a cupboard at home. And fabric or thread donations are welcome, of course. 😀
Sorry to hear that you had such a bad reaction to the jab, Claire Bear! I hope you’re feeling better by now. As Ann said above, 297 is a fantastic number of morsbags to have made, so far.
I looked up your pod and found that it was registered on 3rd April 2018. That gives another few weeks to achieve an equally worthwhile target.
How about making 300 bags in the three years since your pod was registered on morsbags.com?
I believe that is correct, Jean. We’re so lucky that this nasty bug seems to self destruct after a relatively short time.
Hi Pat, thanks for asking the question. That sounds very unsatisfactory! I will pass your enquiry on to the volunteers who supply labels. Please could you let me know which country you are in as different arrangements supply some parts of the world.
Thanks for asking the question Hetty, and thanks to both Anns (Ivybags and Monty Morsbags) for such creative answers!
I find making masks more difficult than making morsbags. “Touch it and it’s yours” is a good rule for giveaways in Covid times!
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!
Congratulations Liz! How did you get on, making your first Morsbag? I find making morsbags easier than making masks – there’s a lot more leeway and they don’t have to fit, just carry shopping! 🙂
We’d be delighted if you can start a pod, or find an existing one near you. There are quite a few new pods that have been started recently by groups that were sewing PPE and / or scrubs for health workers and have moved on to making morsbags.
Hi Liz, thanks for asking!
We’d love you to either join an existing pod, or start your own as that way your morsbags add to everyone else’s morsbags in terms of global impact. That’s why every morsbag needs its label https://morsbags.com/product-category/labels-2/ and every morsbag counts!
We like pods to keep the number of bags made and given away up to date as it encourages everyone to see how many have been made across the world.
As I write, the global tally stands at 386,261, up by 22 from this morning when I started writing this reply to you – it’s an ever-increasing number and we’re always pleased when someone else joins in.