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.
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 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.
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?