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  • in reply to: How is everyone? #33753
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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!

    in reply to: How is everyone? #33749
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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…. 🙂

    in reply to: How is everyone? #33368
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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!

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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!

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    in reply to: December 2019 #27107
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    I used to ‘do’ facebook but am weaning myself off it.

    in reply to: December 2019 #27098
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    The lady I gave a bag to at the Farmer’s market this morning chased me down, asked ‘is this your company’. I explained it was a worldwide organization, and she replied ‘I will publicize your organization on my social media’. WOOT! Here is hoping she is a major ‘influencer’! 🙂

    in reply to: December 2019 #27068
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    Is there going to be a January segment? Just asking…..
    I realized this morning at the grocery store that making morsbags and handing them out can create unexpected friendships. I offered one to the lady behind me in line, and she said, sure, you offered me one the other day too! And we ended up having a conversation about how she feeds stray cats and how I am from Europe…. What a bonus in this day and age!!

    in reply to: December 2019 #26330
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    Thank you, no it has been too soon to expect repeat visitors, but that is certainly something we will look for!

    in reply to: December 2019 #26296
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    Since August 2019 my friend and I have made over 220 bags in South Florida (pod: Bella Napoli). She runs a vacation rental company and places a bag in each home with the basket of necessities that is provided for each new tenant. We get some great recyclable fabrics in our local resale shops!!

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    in reply to: Lightweight fabrics that may be too flimsy #23588
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    Thanks for the help! I have tried posting on the facebook group and when I attach a file it won’t show.
    Bag no. 55 was created yesterday, and I enjoy a bit of variation to keep myself from getting bored, so I’d love to show some of my designs!

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    Thanks beattie for your reply. I am currently using an all-cotton bedsheet and find it somewhat too lightweight, but yes, I think it is not weak and will not tear. I was thinking when I make the next one from this fabric I will use some interfacing in both the handles and the top fold, so that it gives it a tad more firmness. King size sheets are a great resource and will make up to 8 morsbags…!
    I have however found a wonderful solution for an extra heavy fabric (you are right, my machine balks at all those layers). I received some beautiful upholstery type fabric, and I made a shorter bag from that fabric (just side seams so no problem) and made a top section from a sheet doubled over in a matching color, which then also will accommodate the handles (also made from the sheet). This makes the bag attractive and much easier to make, and it is still a strong bag. I wish I could show a picture…..

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