Earlier this week I went along to a free workshop to make Morsbags with a group of local crafty ladies at the Buttons and Bobbins Studio. Morsbags are large tote bags, made using recycled fabrics with the intention that they are used to replace plastic bags in our lives. Each bag is designed to be extra strong, with French seams, and triple stitching of the handles, as specified in the design. Labels are provided to help spread the word and we all walked out of the session with a fantastic free bag.
It's a simple idea, definitely, and such a good one! Plus, you are encouraged to make extra bags and give them away for free, either to friends and family, or be brave and hand them out to strangers. I'm definitely thinking everyone will be getting one for next Christmas!
The session was really fun because I got to do some sociable sewing for once- usually it's just me in my kitchen. I loved chatting with the ladies, and enjoyed being able to help out the newbie sewers. I'm planning on going to the next session on 1st February (10-1), if anyone in Leicester wants to come, let me know! Workshops are held all over, so see if there is one near you!
Photos taken by Julie of Buttons and Bobbins
You can find the instructions here, and make your own at home. Officially you need to use the labels to make it a real Morsbag- available at cost price (50p/ten) from the website and for free at workshops, but you can always make 'unofficial' bags too!
Let me know if you have a go!