REMINDER ABOUT OUR BLOG BAG CHALLENGE…….are you busy making baggies for our Charity sewing project???

I sure hope you are madly busy making baggies for our BLOG BAG CHALLENGE????????

DEADLINE IS 30 SEPTEMBER 2013 AS WE HAVE TO GIVE YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE DURING OCTOBER FOR YOUR FAVOURITE BAG.  PACKING & DISTRIBUTING WILL TAKE PLACE IN NOVEMBER  & EARLY DEC. SO THAT WE CAN GET THE FILLED BAGS TO THE APPLICABLE CHARITIES IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS.

So please get these to your local Janome or Elna dealer by the deadline date. Please also make sure that your dealer knows what this charity project is all about! Please ask them to call me for the next step in the process.

I WILL POST INSTRUCTIONS TOWARDS THE END OF AUGUST OF HOW TO SUBMIT PICS OF YOUR BAGS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE VOTING FOR THE MOST FAVOURITE BAG.  I have opened a flickr group online where we can share pics. But as I say – instructions to follow. Just a heads up that you will need ONE pic per bag you make for the submission for voting.

These are some of the bags that Carol at HAUS OF STITCHES in Humboldt, Saskatchewan has been making for the Bag challenge. Apparently she has made more than 20 bags!!!! She is so pleased as she says it has used up a lot of bits & pieces in her stash that she really was not sure what to do with. WELL DONE, CAROL!! Now the challenge is really hotting up: can you match or better 20-something bags?? Remener there is a prize for the person who makes & donates the mosrt number of bags!!

These are some of the bags that Carol at HAUS OF STITCHES in Humboldt, Saskatchewan has been making for the Bag challenge. Apparently she has made more than 20 bags!!!! She is so pleased as she says it has used up a lot of bits & pieces in her stash that she really was not sure what to do with. WELL DONE, CAROL!!                         Now the challenge is really hotting up: can you match or better 20-something bags?? Remember there is a prize for the person who makes & donates the most number of bags!!

I am super pumped to say that we have plenty of toiletries for the bags. At one point I thought we might struggle to get enough to fill the bags, but actually the problem may be reversed!!  Thank you very much to Days Inn of Canada who arranged for a huge amount of shampoos, soaps, etc to be shipped to me for filling up our baggies!!!

I am also very pleased to say that Oral B  have already provided approx. 100 toothbrushes & little mini flosses and tubes of toothpaste (Crest). One of my best friends is a dental hygienist  and she has very wonderfully arranged for her supplier ORAL B to make these donations. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

BUT WE NEED BAGS – we have plenty items for the bags but we are seriously hoping you are sewing up a storm over the summer so that we can fill LOTS & LOTS of baggies for this Christmas to be distributed all across Canada wherever our dealers & their customers have got involved in this project. This is really exciting to see how it is all coming together. Thank you to all of you who have responded and got involved with this project.

I managed to make 11 bags recently using scraps of fabric and zippers picked up inexpensively at thrift stores. I embellished the bags with test embroidery stitch-outs, machine decorative stitching and applique done with the circular attachment. What a lot of fun!!

I managed to make 11 bags recently using scraps of fabric and zippers picked up inexpensively at thrift stores. I embellished the bags with test embroidery stitch-outs, machine decorative stitching and applique done with the circular attachment. What a lot of fun!!

I have been making quite a few bags – actually I can make a quick zippered baggie (not counting the embellishment)  in less than 10 minutes! I am really not lying as I made several in front of groups of customers recently at some of our Janome dealer’s stores and had them time me: 7 minutes was the record!  So it really will not take too long to actually make the bag. Is a wonderful way to use up those scraps that are not really big enough for a quilt but too large to throw away as snippets!! Think also about using your embroidery test stitch-outs – I have a PILE of these waiting to be turned into bags. Another source of bag “fabric” is placemats & older table cloths, drapes, etc. Visit your local thrift store & look for suitable items that can be recycled into bags. We are not asking you to go out & buy a huge stash of fabric – use leftovers & what have you ………and be creative!! Embellish with rows of machine decorative stitching(USE YOUR JANOME BORDER GUIDE FOOT FOR THIS!!!) scraps of ribbon, odd buttons, ric-rac, etc etc.

Remember that there is a prize for the popular vote for the most creative and “favourite” bag AS WELL AS for the person who sends in the most number of bags.

Isn't this just lovely? This particular bag was made by Helen Gourlay of Barrie, Ontario for Quilt BC this year. A lovely idea for making a bag from scrap striped fabric - run lines of decorative stitching on the stripes.

Isn’t this just lovely? This particular bag was made by Helen Gourlay of Barrie, Ontario for Quilt BC this year. A lovely idea for making a bag from scrap striped fabric – run lines of decorative stitching on the stripes. Links to the pattern for making this bag are included in a previous blog posting  about Quilt BC in Penticton + Bag Challenge reminders.

Here is a really clever & super quick idea for a bag: Betty of Vernon, BC made it as a mailer envelope when she sent me something a few weeks back.   See more about Betty & what she makes in our blog post coming up on 28th August. This little vinyl zipper bag is just PERFECT for our charity baggies so I am definitely going to put it into that stash. Betty used flocked back vinyl like the kind used for table cloths. She simply cut one piece & folded it in half. She inserted a zipper on the one side & then sewed a row of decorative stitches around the 3 open sides (wrong sides together) to close the bag. I think this could probably be done in less than 7 minutes…….what do think?

VERY clever postal envelope made by betty of Just B in Stitches

VERY clever postal envelope made by betty of Just B in Stitches

About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
This entry was posted in Creativity, Decorative stitches, Janome Canada Sponsored, JANOME CONSUMER PROJECTS, Janome Fun, Janome Sewing Machine, Janome Sponsored event and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Share your comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s