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Sewing Party

August 6, 2012

Sunday afternoon five volunteers gathered at Jennine Barilla’s house to sew sew sew new market totes from feed bags brought in by farmers for that purpose. Up to this time, only Jennine and Beth Rankin had sewn all the bags so the other three women were learning.  Stacy Garrett, Lauren Kemp and  Crystal Newman all discovered how long a process it is and how messy!

Once the feed bag is cut to the right size for the shopping tote components (bag and strap), little pieces of white plastic start to fray off. The feed bags are made of woven strips of very narrow plastic; this provides the strength and durability.

First the large feed bags, made to hold 100 pounds of feed, are cut across to provide for two totes. The feed bags that may have some worn spots are cut into 3-inch strips for use for handles.

All raw edges then must be serged to stop the fraying. Only then can the bags be sewn. After sewing, the ramp logo and “The Wild Ramp” are stenciled. Each bag takes about an hour.

Seriously, we worked very steadily with only 2 short breaks….one for a delish lunch of panini sandwiches and another for Wild Ramp peach cobbler and peach ice cream, both homemade.  Come join us next time we have a sewing party!!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 6, 2012 6:16 pm

    What a great idea! I can see how labour intensive it is, but all good things require effort, right? Way to go ladies!

  2. August 6, 2012 9:22 pm

    Yes, great idea. You never cease to amaze me!

  3. Reverend Mother permalink
    August 7, 2012 5:42 pm

    Fantastic idea!

  4. August 9, 2012 8:31 pm

    Very nice!

    • August 9, 2012 11:18 pm

      I have 10 more to sew and I saw one of the farmers brought some more feed bags into teh market yesterday…want to help? *w*

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