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Reusable Grocery Bag/tote (handmade or embellished

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Reusable Grocery Bag/tote (handmade or embellished
Swap Coordinator:croqzine (contact)
Swap categories: Thrift Store  Handbags  Handmade 
Number of people in swap:33
Last day to signup/drop:January 7, 2009
Date items must be sent by:January 31, 2009
Number of swap partners:1

What We're Swapping: ONE Reusable Shopping Bag/Tote, must be handmade or a readymade bag that is embellished. Please check your partner's profile and try to create something with your partner's preferences/likes in mind.

PLEASE POST A PHOTO of what you send and what you receive somewhere (here, on flickr, your blog) and link to it in the comments for the swap.

How Many Partners? Just ONE. One bag for one partner.

Rating Requirements? Newbies are welcome, but you must have your profile filled in. Please include some information about yourself so your partner can have some insight on personalizing your bag for you.

Please don't apply if you have flaked on a previous swap or have 1 ratings. (Unless you can prove you've changed your ways).

Monetary Cost of Swap You should not spend more than $5 for supplies for this project! Stashbusting and recycled materials are highly recommended! Thrift store material is permissible. Just remember the motto of this swap is STURDY!

Is this swap international? YES. Please do not join if you aren't willing to ship to another country. Hopefully these bags won't be too heavy, anyway!

What is a Reusable Shopping Bag? Can be made of any material you like, but with a mind for heavy use. It should be made of sturdy material and have reinforced seams. You should be able to carry several cans in it repeatedly and have it hold up beautifully. Regular cotton is fine! Fused plastic (with sewn seams) is also acceptable. Should be generous in size.

Check http://www.morsbags.com if you need a pattern for sewing a grocery bag. If you use the morsbag pattern, applying the morsbags logo is encouraged.

Crocheting or knitting (or other methods) of construction) are also permissible... bag should just be sturdy and able to carry 15 lbs or so. Use your good judgment!

What if I don't sew my own bag? Reusable grocery bags can readily be purchased at most grocery stores (in the USA, at least) these days for $1-2. You can also buy canvas bags at craft stores, bookstores, etc. There is a handmade element to all bags in this swap. Embellishment=embroidery, stencil, beading, sewing on trim, etc. You must personalize the bag in some way that requires handwork.

This is my first hosting here at swap-bot, but I have hosted swaps at Nervousness.org and The Soap Dish forum.

Here's a great tutorial for making a shopping bag on Craftster: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177482.0


whiteway 12/30/2008 #

Such a fun idea! I have it on my watchlist! :)

stellunasoleil 12/30/2008 #

This is going to be very cool, I can hardly wait. I love making shopping bags and gave out 2 sets for Christmas pressies.

craftbunny 12/31/2008 #

i love this!!!! i am so ready!!!!

funkepunkemonke 01/ 2/2009 #

I love love love to sew, as evident by opening my own store last year. I like anything and everything with skulls on it and super frilly.

JoanOH 01/ 4/2009 #

This looks like fun! I have a huge fabric stash (I'm a quilter) and always looking for ways to use some up.

croqzine 01/ 6/2009 #

Just a note to say welcome to everyone and I have checked everyone's profile through NaomiP!

This is gonna be fun!

17Papergoddess 01/ 7/2009 #

I buy totes at thrift shops/garage sales on a regular basis for less than $1. Many times it's a bag from a particular event/conference that has only been used once. I LOVE to revamp them & have given several as gifts. This will be the perfect swap for me! I'm glad to see so many people doing this simple thing for the environment!

gunnymom 01/ 7/2009 #

I have been making these for my friend in California for a couple weeks, now I've started using them. This is a great idea to get people to use them more often. Looking forward to this swap.

2Toes 01/ 8/2009 #

I'm going back to work soon and would love a bag to carry my lunch and junk back and forth to work.

ktkatz 01/ 8/2009 #

I hope mine is ok, its the first one i made..

tooliesteaparty 01/ 8/2009 #

Couldn't wait to whip this one up. Sent mine out today with some yummies!


Cherries 01/ 9/2009 #

Hey y'all! If any of you actually make morsbags (with or without labels) please consider adding them to the Swapbot Pod. Info on how to do that is on my Swapbot profile page.

ipsa 01/10/2009 #

I have my bag ready now - won't post a picture of it before receiver has received it, as I tried to make it to meet receiver's preferences and I don't want to spoil the surprise. I'll post bag out on Monday.

croqzine 01/10/2009 #

You can tag your send outs on flickr with swap-bot.

croqzine 01/14/2009 #

Sent mine today! Woo hoo!

gooddog56 01/15/2009 #

I just sent my bag--didn't get a chance to photograph it, though--batteries in camera run down, and it's going to Europe, so I wanted it on its way today! Perhaps the recipient will post a pic...

JoanOH 01/17/2009 #

Just sent my bag -- will post photo on my blog after receiver gets it, but it's in UK so may take awhile! Fun swap, thanks for letting newbies participate!

2Toes 01/20/2009 #

I'm sending mine today.

Monica 01/23/2009 #

Yahoo - I sent mine off today. I'd post a picture if I only knew how...

Creeny 01/25/2009 #

I'll send it off tomorrow, but the photo will have to wait until the package reaches my partner ;)

2Toes 01/26/2009 #

How do you post a picture - I'm interested to see what people sent.

croqzine 01/29/2009 #

I haven't been able to get the photo upload thing to work, so I created a flickr group for this swap: http://www.flickr.com/groups/[email protected]/

Add your photos there!


2Toes 01/29/2009 #

http://howtodosomething.blogspot.com/2009/01/how-to-make-tote-bag.html Here's a link to my blog where I posted a pic of my tote bag that I sent

JoanOH 01/29/2009 #

My tote bag has been received -- so put a photo of it on my blog http://joanoh2.blogspot.com/2009/01/swapalicious-update.html. Haven't rec'd mine yet, but I'm looking forward to it's arrival!

dyp 01/31/2009 #

Mine is sent- whoohooo. Man I hope my swap-buddy likes it :) I will post pics after she recieve it :)

gooddog56 02/ 3/2009 #

I received my bag yesterday from dyp--and am still smiling about it...it is perfect! Thanks so much!

croqzine 02/ 5/2009 #

We have a lot of good photos in the flickr pool!

http://www.flickr.com/groups/[email protected]/

croqzine 02/ 7/2009 #

Looks like everyone has sent or has given me a date by which they will send! Well done, all!

croqzine 02/27/2009 #

Okay, we have one flaker, so I'll angel her partner!

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