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

Some of the bags made by Carol of HAUS OF STITCHES in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. WELL DONE CAROL!! can you beat her 20 something bags made so far??? The challenge is ON.

Some of the bags made by Carol of HAUS OF STITCHES in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. WELL DONE CAROL!!

Carol 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. 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 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 managed to make 11 bags recently with scrap fabric, zippers picked up at thrift stores & test embroidery stitch=outs + machine dec. stiches.

I managed to make 11 bags recently with scrap fabric, zippers picked up at thrift stores. I embellished the bags with test embroidery stitch-outs;  machine dec. stiches and applique done with the circular attachment .

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 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 we are hoping they will also come through for us with travel toothpaste tubes as well. One of my best friends is a dental hygienist and she has very wonderfully asked her supplier ORALB for these donations. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

Applique, decorative stitching and more  - IDEAS FOR EMBELLISHING THOSE BAGS YOU ARE BUSY SEWING!!!!

Applique, decorative stitching and more – IDEAS FOR EMBELLISHING THOSE BAGS YOU ARE BUSY SEWING!!!!

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 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 Elna & 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 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.

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 last week. It 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 StitchesVERY 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.
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  1. Marilyn says:

    hi Liz
    I too have been sewing bags for charity, I gave 10 bags filled with bath and beauty products to my church last December to put in the food hamper boxes, so the mom’s could have a treat too. I should have made more. the coordinator of our CWL was crying with happiness. this year I have been making so many more. I have asked my mom (81) to help by asking her ladies at her condo to check out their closets for product , they are so happy to help

    Marilyn from Saskatoon

    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Marilyn,
      Yes, it seems this type of project is a real hit all round: quick & easy for donors to whip up bags (not like some huge quilting project) and these little bags packed full of shampoo, toothbrush etc is very much appreciated by the folk who receive them.
      So glad to hear you are doing a similar project – we wish you continued success with that.
      Elna Canada.

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