August 2021: Tote Bags for Escabags
Date Posted:1 August 2021
Domestic and family violence is the leading cause of homelessness in Australia. The statistics around this ongoing issue are heartbreaking but you can help make a difference. Escabags is an Australian registered charity who are committed to helping victims that are coming out of domestic and family violence situations. While creating a safe first step for these victims, they also aim to raise awareness to help reduce the numbers and statistics of abuse.
The Escabags mission is to create and distribute handmade tote bags filled with essential items for adults and children when initially escaping a dangerous, abusive situation. This month, we are contributing to this wonderful cause by creating these tote bags and donating them to the Escabags charity.
The requirements of the bag are for a specific style and we have provided a video from the bag creator, Debbie Shore, to assist you in making it. The Escabag that we are creating is larger than what is shown in the video. We have adjusted the cutting requirements so you can create the larger bag while following the method in the video.
- Bag outer fabric ½ metre
- Bag lining and handles ½ metre
- Rasant piecing thread
- 2 x outer bag fabric 16" (H) x 16" (W)
- 2 x bag lining 17" (H) x 16" (W) - this is optional
- 2 x bag handles cut 28" (L) x 4" (W)
Please note: the charity will accept tote bags of any fabric or colour, and also bags that have not been lined or boxed.
Watch the video below to start creating your Escabag!
Video by Debbie Shore
HOW TO MAKE A 'NO-SEW' BADGE
Add an extra special touch to your Escabags and attach an embroidered badge! With a design of your choice, you can create a cute little badge to stick onto your tote bag and make your donation even more delightful. Check out our instructions on how to make an embroidered badge and attach it to your bag →
Escabags charity also accept and are in need of a variety of donations such as baby blankets and wraps. If you'd like to find out more about these, just contact Escabags here →
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO CREATE THE PROJECT?
This sewalong will run from 1st – 31st August 2021.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
Sewalongs are a great way to get inspired by what everyone creates, while giving to a worthy cause. If you’re new to sewing or embroidering this is a great chance to get involved and have fun no matter what the outcome. Any excuse to put your sewing and embroidery machines to good use is a great one.
SENDING IN YOUR DONATIONS
The bags can be dropped in or posted to any of the Echidna stores during the month of the sewalong. Please send any donations made after the sewalong month directly to the charity:
Unit K39, 98-104 Gipps Street
Wollongong NSW 2500
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