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I’d like to avoid buying paper or fabric specially, my idea is to use up spare fabric, and then i hope we’re being as “green” as possible – i always feel bad printing paper stuff to go with morsbags!
I’ve also been trying out various ways to simply write with a permanent marker directly on the bags – obviously this would be no good for a pod producing thousands of bags a year!
I remember printing morsbags labels on iron on paper in the olden days(!), before the fabric labels were produced, so I’ll use that method, until we have our stamp (think I still have some paper somewhere).
We’d like to use a stamp because then we can use donated fabric, so no buying of paper to print on, so it seems like a more environmentally friendly method.
I’ve found that by putting a Bude Baggers tag on our bags, we get more fabric donations, and people joining our pod through them knowing where the bag’s come from and how to contact us.
Thanks for the helpful suggestions and comments, all appreciated x
the iron on paper is an interesting alternative idea – the reason we like the idea of fabric labels is that they can be sewn on as you are sewing across the top, so no extra work! Also, if we were to do an event, then the bags are made and completed just by sewing – no potentially dangerous ironing involved.
But I’m going to make iron on labels until we have our stamp, so thanks – love sharing information!
oh I’d never thought of that, just always thought cones were the wrong size! that’ll save a lot of money of thread! thanks so much – rushing off to try a cone in a jug, to see what happens…!
thanks for all that – the thread holder on my machine is horizontal, so a 5000 yd cone won’t fit, which is a shame cos as you say, the cones are cheaper! i think i need to go and speak to the lovely lady in our fabulous sewing shop, see what she says. i just need to get on and blooming buy some thread!
I’ve just made a few bags this afternoon out of pillowcases – love the speediness! Our bags are always double seamed for strength, so pillowcase are sewn all the way round the bag. I always sort pillowcases carefully and only use ones that are barely used, so the fabric’s good and strong.
Dunno why people think it’s cheating, we all use duvets etc that have some seams in place – and anywaythe point is to make as many bags as possible, ready for handing out!
I was looking to see if there’s going to be a unified morsbags response to the introduction of the levy in october – we’re building up a stash of bags ready to do a big handout outside one of the supermarkets in Bude on the day it comes in.
lelly – so glad we inspired you to start making bags – if you don’t mind i’ll copy your post onto my bude baggers facebook page, so the others can see how we’ve inspired you to make morsbags x
thanks offcuts for posting the pics. i made id tags by laminating square morsbags labels, then punching a hole in the top and threading tape thru, sewing the ends together, so they were like lanyards – cos it occurred to me that with a lot of people milling about there’d be no immediate way of identifying who’s “staff”!
we didnt have lots of staff, there were mostly just 3 of us sewing, we speeded things up a bit by us doing the first row of stitching round the bag, but the visitors did all the rest – we just worked non stop, lol!
whoohooo we just broke the 1600 barrier! and went up a place on page 1, loving my pod members!
lol,offcuts! I’ll take pics so that somebody more clever than me *ahem* can put them on here…
ooh just saw this post – thanks everyone, we don’t always stick strictly to morsbags related stuff on our facebook page haha!
We’re going to have an exciting day on 14th june – it’s the final day of Bude Arts and Music Festival, and we’re going to be using the lovely traditional bandstand for the day, right in the middle of it all – there’s electricity so we can take machines so people can make a bag to take away, and we’re going to string a washing line of bags right round the top of the bandstand to decorate it!
It takes place right in the middle of Bude, so loads of people will be there, so it’ll really up our profile in the area – whoohooo!
oh, i just noticed that 2 of my dogs are in the pic! (one whole one and one head!) never noticed that before, doh!
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having lived inland, then moved to the coast, the light is gorgeous here, clear and bright, so winters don’t feel nearly as gloomy as they used to! i decided i might as well paint the sheds in a seasidey way, seeing as we have a sea view and all (no point fighting it, lol)
that’s my washing line, in front of my summer house/shed – that was our first sewing session, lovely weather!
update – we now have 35 members and am enjoying our once a month get togethers. i’ve encouraged people to make bags at home inbetween times, so our pod total is rising steadily. one of our pod has encouraged us to try and get onto page 1 of the pods totals list (!) so we’re enjoying seeing who the next pod is to overtake, lol – we’re on Boomerang Bags’ shoulder at the moment!
i’m going to try and put us “out there” more this year, now we’re established, attending a few events. so i’ll be looking on here fir ideas about how to “decorate” a morsbags stall and what’s needed for doing events – a bit nerve wracking organising something like that, but it’ll be good to go beyond taking bags to beach cleans for volunteers etc.
i’ve found that having a facebook page has been crucial in helping our pod to grow, and it’s a goid central place for both me and pod members to post info, photos etc – it’s very much a shared resource, so it’s lovely to see people posting pics and keeping me informed of how many bags they’ve made at home – yay for modern technology!
who’d have thought that less than a year ago i was a solitary bagmaker, this is so much more fun!