When I get an email about a fabric donation, I ask for a location and try to match them with one of our chapters. Sometimes, it works out that the coordinator for that chapter is able to get the fabric directly from the individual to save on shipping costs. We love it when that happens and one of the reasons we enjoy having so many chapter locations.
When fabric comes to my house, I stack it up into bins in my basement where it waits for helpers to remove the labels and sort it into stacks.
produce bags or for pet bed stuffing.
We get very pretty embroidered fabrics. Some of them are thin enough to make into bags like the ones below.
On the left are fabric samples all ready to be pieced together and sewn into pet beds. On the right is embroidered yardage for pet beds too.
You can see how thick the fabric gets when doubled. In some areas this can be almost 1/4 of an inch.
Of course, I'm partial to the pretty fabrics that make me (and I hope YOU!) motivated to use and remember your bags each time you shop.
Often we receive large amounts of fabric samples cut into strips. We don't bother piecing these together for bags. Instead, we cut them in half and make handles out of them. They are perfect for that!
And, of course, we get donations from wonderful individuals like you! These donations are usually quilting cotton (that we use for freebie bags as they are less expensive to ship) and some home decor. The brown fabric in the upper left of the photo below are curtains that came out of Bagette Marianne's new house. They were in EVERY room and she couldn't handle that much brown. I don't blame her AND they make great bags!
We love getting fabric donations. We can't make bags without them! Teresa