Charity Zipper Bags
This year we've added zipper bags to our growing list of PMQG charity projects.
We're making a variety of zipper bags to donate to nonprofit organizations, including domestic violence centers and homeless and transition shelters.
Bring completed zipper bags to the monthly meetings and we will distribute them to the nominated charities. Show us your zipper bags on social media with the hashtag #PMQGzipperbags.
For our final zipper bag project of 2017 (September - December), we will be making zipper bags for Embrace Oregon which works with vulnerable children and families in partnership with the Department of Human Services. The zipper bags will go to the teen unit to be given to young people who are aging out of foster care.
"Tragically, it's a forgotten population of kids. A zipper bag stocked with hygiene items would be such a wonderful personal item to give kids who are launching virtually parentless into the world on their own."
If possible, fill your zipper bag with a selection of full size toiletry items, such as:
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Soap and body wash
- Tooth brush and tooth paste
- Body lotion
- Shaving Cream
- Nail clippers
- First aid supplies
- Ethnic Products
- Nail Polish/Makeup
- Hair Ties
For our second zipper bag project (May through August), we made pencil cases for local schoolchildren. The pencil cases were distributed by Back-2-School FRESH through a number of events in August.
Pencil cases were filled with a selection of school supplies, such as:
- pencil sharpeners
- colored pencils
- simple calculators
Our first nominated organization (January - April) was Rose Haven, which "serves women and children experiencing the trauma of abuse, loss of home and other disruptive life challenges."
Thank you to our generous PMQG members for sewing 43 beautiful bags and donating so many toiletries.
To see Rose Haven's most wanted items or to volunteer, please go to their website at www.rosehaven.org.
ZIPPER BAG TUTORIALS
Let us know about your favorite free tutorials for zipper bags. Here are a few to get you started:
Noodlehead - Open Wide Zipper Pouch
One Shabby Chick – Oilcloth Box Bag
Craftsy - 1-Hour Dopp Kit
Very Berry Handmade - Flat Bottom Straight Sides Zippy Pouch
S.O.T.A.K. Handmade - Boxy Pouch
Pink Stitches - Boxy Pouch
Noodlehead - Canvas Pencil Pouch
A Spoonful of Sugar - Pencil Case
Dog Under My Desk - Neat ‘n’ Tidy Zippered Pouches
Craftlog - Pencil Bag