Morsbags sociable guerrilla bagging
We’re a non-profit organsation that encourages people to:
- make recycled, strong, washable, reusable morsbags to give away in their local communities
- keep waste textiles out of landfill
- learn a new skill
- be creative
- create and encourage sociable local community links
- be aware of the issues and environmental impact associated with plastic bags
all by providing a free and simple pattern on our website and providing sew on labels to perpetuate the project.
The movement has an element of ‘random act of kindness’ or a ‘pay it forward’ idea where morsbags are always given away for free and the material is always donated, whether old curtains or bedding from the backs of local airing cupboards or industrial offcuts. It’s a way of keeping tonnes of fabric waste out of landfill, learning a new skill in many cases and creating sociable community bonds – we have over 2000 groups worldwide doing this, who have made over 320,000 recycled morsbags and given them away, potentially replacing over 166 million plastic bags.
The only costs involved are buying labels which are key to spreading the word. Once a morsbag is made, labelled and given away, the recipient hopefully wonders why they’ve been given this free, lovingly-made bag, reads the label and goes to the website, finds the free pattern, makes more morsbags and so the cycle continues… we sell the cotton labels at the cost price of 5p each but would dearly love to be able to find funding so we can give them to pods for free.
Happily, we receive daily emails about pods being set up and local connections made in schools, scout and guide groups, churches, mosques, prisons, WI’s, art groups, food banks, nursing homes and many others. We also hear that new skills are being learnt, mental health problems are being helped, fabric is being shared, local shops are being provided with morsbags and awareness of what is happening to marine wildlife is being raised etc. so it’s a very positive movement that we think is really making a difference.
- Please help yourself to our free pattern: https://www.morsbags.com/get-involved/pattern-download-links/
- Have a look at our ‘how to’ video: https://www.morsbags.com/get-involved/pattern-download-links/video/
- Order labels: https://www.morsbags.com/product-category/labels-2/
- make a morsbag or 100 to give to family, friends, colleagues, strangers on the bus and the person in front of you who is about to accept a plastic bag…
- Register a pod: https://www.morsbags.com/pods/create-a-pod/ This is really important so that you can add the number of morsbags you’ve made to the main tally – the tally rising is a way of encouraging each other and showing that if everyone does something small to help the environment, those small actions add up to make a difference. You don’t have to be in a group to do this; we have ‘solopodders’, groups o f 100’s and everything inbetween.
- Give your morsbags away with love – the whales will be thrilled.
Not good at sewing? It’s the simplest of patterns – all straight lines – and a fantastic beginners project. The pattern is simply a guideline and can be embellished and pockets, longer handles, box bottoms etc. added. We have a wheelchair morsbag pattern too. It takes about 20 minutes to make a morsbag but it lasts for at least a decade.
How to set up a group? Find a venue (community hall or living room for example) and invite friends and locals to bring a sewing machine, fabric, scissors and cake. Sew and chatter.
Please join in!
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