UPDATE: Germany Chapters!

Look at all the great bags being made in Germany! I love it! Audrey, Nicol, Harry, Anne, and many more! The whole team over there is going gangbusters and making SO many incredible bags. Keep it up Germany, we could not be more thrilled with all that you are doing! XOXO--Teresa

California Bags!

Dear Teresa, 

Thank you SO much for the Christmas bags.  I love them both!

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Penni W

ANNOUNCING: Parker, Colorado Chapter!!!

My friend Marianne is one of the cutest, sweetest people I know. She was among my first helpers of Green Bag Lady Denver when I moved to Colorado. She has sewn the handles on 100s of bags! However, a couple of years ago she moved to Parker, CO making it more difficult for her to attend the meetings at my house. She would still come once in a while and was able to make it this last Sunday. As you can see below, she makes bags all the time for various causes. I asked her if she would like to simply start her own chapter in Parker and she immediately agreed! We both can't believe we hadn't thought of this before. I do hope that Marianne will still come to the Denver meetings once in a while as we adore seeing her (and listening to her Australian accent!). YAY! Excited about another Colorado chapter! Thanks Marianne--Teresa

Here's a few photos of me with bags for you to choose from for the Parker chapter announcement.
My blog address is: adventurousquilter.blogspot.com
People can follow the chapter progress there, I'll set up a page on that blog. It also has links to my (paper piecing quilting) books etc so that's an easy one click place for info about me and the new chapter.
Bagette Marianne


So excited to announce another NEW Green Bag Lady chapter! This is now our FIFTH chapter in The Netherlands. I could not be more thrilled. Look how adorable Bagette Jane is and the beautiful bags she has made! Thanks Jane, you are wonderful, I'm sure everyone is enjoying getting these lovely bags from you. Keep up the great work! Teresa

Here I finally send you my first 10 Green Bag Lady, ready for the official annonce Enjoying making the bags , one a day make me Happy.:)
One  picture with my first Green Bag Lady. 
Now looking for more fabric to keep going on!

Bagette Jane
Chapter Coordinator

Bag #10,000!

"Mother of Many Bags"


This is bag # 10,000. When we passed that benchmark in 2010, I captured the number and gave it to "Mother".

She is made from "Crypton" fabric, remember that? It wears like iron, and mother is still in good shape.

I use her to carry bags to the post office. Almost every bag I've mailed since 2010 has been in her "pouch", I estimate 60 bags/month * 12 months * 8 years, so over 5000 bags.

Here we are, delivering to my local P.O. And one happy clerk ready to send the prizes to 20 winners.

Thanks Teresa, it keeps me busy in my "retirement",
Bagette Dad

Beach Cleanup Bags

Recently, I made beach cleanup bags for my friend Bonnie over at the Plastic Ocean Project. We were having a conversation and I told her about the bags with mesh on the bottom for sand to fall through and stay on the beach where it belongs. She was so excited about them (she's the sweetest). I had enough materials to send her a couple dozen. Some are even small for kiddos to help. The white ones are made from a shower curtain that was included in a Green Bag Lady donation and perfect for this purpose. I try to use vinyl or nylon when making these bags so grains of sand don't stick to them and they dry quickly.

Here you can see the mesh on the bottom. They are very easy to make, just use the Green Bag Lady pattern and add a panel of some kind of mesh, holey fabric or tulle to the bottom of the bag.
 Bonnie sent me these photos of the bags in use! I love seeing them!

Past posts about beach cleanup bags:

Shower curtain = beach bags

Beach Bags

Onion bags = beach bags

If you live near the beach, please pick up trash when you are there. Mother Earth thanks you and so do I! XOXO--Teresa

Christmas WINNERS!

Congratulations to the following lucky folks:

20 WINNERS of 2 Green Bag Lady Christmas shopping bags are:

Penni W, CA
Charlotte L, GA
Melissa F, MN
Katrina M, FL
Jessica H, MO
Ramona S, CA

Heather P, . . . NoResp
Cherel J, CA
Colleen D, WA
Lisa H, VA
Jan W, TN
Jean P, ME

Amy B, CO
Toni L, OR
Kris P, MO
Teresa C, AL
Victor S, RUSSIA
Ioanna C, GREECE

Please look for an email from Bagette Dad. He will be asking for your mailing address so we can send you your prize. PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER. We have issues with emails going to spam. Thanks and enjoy!

The emails will look like this:
Green Bag Lady, ChristmasFreebie_12_2018

Christmas FREEBIE! 2 Bags for each winner!

Now that we are officially in December we can start thinking about Christmas! I think I'm almost done shopping and Little Girl has been awesome with helping me this year. She has come up with some gifts for family members I would have never thought about. Yay! 

We have 40 bags to give away for 20 people. That means everyone who is a lucky winner gets TWO of these great bags! They are SO great for shopping and also wrapping gifts!

Here are some bag wrapping ideas from the past:

To enter to win:
•LEAVE A COMMENT, IN THE COMMENT LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN THIS FORMAT: name(at)something(dot)com it is important to spell out DOT and AT so you don't get spam, if you DO NOT leave an email address, you will not be entered in the freebie.

IN YOUR COMMENT YOU MUST STATE YOUR COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE. IF YOU DON'T, WE WILL NOT CONSIDER YOUR ENTRY. The US Postal Service is implementing NEW regulations for overseas shipping.

•DEADLINE FOR THE FREEBIE IS 6pm (PST TUESDAY Dec 4 (winners will be notified no later than Wed, Dec 5 via email and here on the blog so CHECK BACK!)

Don't forget to leave us your email and your country! We will only contact you if you win.

20 people will be chosen to 2 win bags EACH from all qualified entries.

One entry per person. If you enter more than once, all your entries will be disqualified.

We will ship a limited number of shopping bags internationally. You MUST use English for your comments. Do the best you can, use Google Translate if necessary.  Non-English comments will be removed.

Good luck!!!!! Teresa

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Photo Finish Friday

My friend Marlene sent this photo to me this week. It is my mother, my aunt and me at Marlene's wedding in 1997. Oh my, I teared up looking at it. My mom passed away in 2005 and my aunt in 2012. I loved them both dearly. I became very close to my aunt after my mother passed so her death (and horrible illness for years beforehand) was so hard to take. I'm even having a hard time typing this. I feel so much for all of you who have lost loved ones especially at this time of year.
Great job FedEx!


So sad. So very sad. Needs to stop. (Thanks Samantha)

Needed everywhere. (Thanks Wendy)

Maybe I should organize my fabric like this!

These look yummy + easy. I always make cinnamon rolls on Christmas Eve to enjoy the next morning after gift opening.

I'm having a sale at my house this weekend and my sister is visiting. Fun! So excited for all the great peeps I get to see. Hope you have some yummy plans too! XOXO--Teresa

Washington Bag!

My bag came today and it is beautiful. I love it.

I will be using it immediately. Our town is plastic bag free.

Thank you. Teresa for starting this wonderful organization.
Kathy D.