Friday, 24 October 2008

Wiggly Bags

Another hectic week where time seems to have disappeared. I've not had time to reply individually to all your lovely comments lately so just wanted to say they are all very much appreciated, I love reading them and thank you very much! (Please don't stop!!!) A few updates from the the last couple of posts... For those of you who wondered when the Wishing Eel was on display in Cambridge, he should be in the window of the Cambridge University Press bookshop during December after the official book launch on December 2nd. He would love you to visit him! (and buy the book of course!)

The outrageous Miss Lily the Pink is on her way to her new home this morning... I did have a picture of her climbing into a jiffy bag but seem to have deleted it! Thank you Julie who actually bought her and to everyone who showed an interest. An extra £16 has now gone to Breast Cancer Care.

Talking of charities... today I have been making Wiggly bags. Not bags that are wiggly but bags for wigglies! Wiggly bags are used by children who are being treated for cancer. They can hang them by a ribbon round their neck and they keep their IV lines clean and out of the way. At our "Pink" fundraiser a couple of weeks ago, as well as raising money for Breast Cancer Care, one of the other charities we supported was Leukemia Research. As an extra, my friend Jane has been making up kits for Wiggly bags - the money raised from the sale of the kits going to Leukemia Research and the Wiggly Bags going to Ward C2 at Addenbrooke's Hospital.


As you can see they are less like bags but more like little lined envelopes held together with velcro.


Very quick and easy to make and a great way of using up those odd scraps of fabric that get left over from bigger projects.


Over a cup of tea with Jane this morning it suddenly occured to me this is just the sort of thing you might like to help us with?


So, if you fancy making a Wiggly bag (or two or three!) out of some fun fabric, which really does help to brighten up these childrens' day, then leave me a comment so that I can email you the instructions and then you can send the finished bags back to me. The more astute among you may have realised this is a clever ruse to get lots of mail... and of course lots of comments! (Which brings me right back to where I started!)

31 comments:

  1. Nice bags lovely idea count me in.

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  2. As long as wiggly stitching is ok...count me in!

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  3. If I get time, I'll do a couple! Like Katy, my stitching will be Wiggly ... probably a lot more Wiggly than hers.

    x

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  4. count me in!! what a brilliant idea!

    xx

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  5. Great Wishing Eel Gina! Thank you for waiting till today to post the troublesome Miss Pink. I'll be watching out for her.

    Could you send me the instructions for the Wiggly bags just in case I get chance to make some? I'm over-committed at the moment but I have to clear the decks so I'll put them on my to-do soon list.

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  6. Hi Gina
    I used to work in the Univ. Paeds dept, the children in there were such an inspriation to me, so I would LOVE to make some of those wiggly bags!! Send me the instructions! x

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  7. Oh that is some (and a lot) of terrific stuff!!

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  8. The wiggly bags sound lovely and I wish I could help too but I think I just have too many new things happening with the job and too many prior commitments (mini quilt swap, PIFs, Michaela's squares, giveaways etc etc)!!!

    Lucy x

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  9. Glad you are promoting wiggly bags too, I have my classes and local patchwork and quilting groups at it as well. We sent in 25 a couple of weeks ago and they were thrilled.

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  10. I'm in, Gina. Do send the pattern and I'll get onto some.

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  11. Count me in Gina, I'd love to make some!

    xxx

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  12. Great idea! Add me to the list please. I'm on a doll making mission at the moment so the sewing machine is at the ready.

    xMx

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  13. I've come across from Kitty, if you send me the information I'll try and make a couple
    lisa x

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  14. Hi,
    I would like to help with the wiggly bags. I come from Burwell just outside Cambridge and know Addenbrookes Hospital. If they are not too hard I have some GCSE students who could give this a go, do you have any additional info that I could show them about this?
    Andrea
    XX

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  15. Provided I don't have to sew ever so quickly, I'd like to help. Have you got around the GPO so that they can be sent freepost?

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  16. I'd love to make some wiggly bags for you, such a great idea, and a charity close to my heart.

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  17. Hi Gina, I come to the table a little late but if you still need wiggly bags I would like to join in.

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  18. Hi - I know this was written some time ago, but if you are still looking at these blog comments, I would like to make a wiggly bag - so, if it's not too late, could you email me instructions? Thanks - biccy@hotmail.co.uk

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  19. I'd love to make some wiggly bags - please send the email to
    info(at)jellybelly-jellybrain(dot)co(dot)uk

    Plus I have TONS of fabric - do you have anywhere I can send some to so that other people can make some?

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  20. Great for using up my kiddie stash. Please send pattern as not sure where the velcro goes and size of bag open etc
    Thanks in anticipation, I shall enjoy making them. I make Linus quilts too.
    Janice

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  21. Do you have a pattern for these???

    My son needs wiggly bags - he had a central line put in last week in preparation for his cancer. I thought it would be nice for him to go through my stash and pick fabrics he actually liked rather than the one we were given which is the same fabric as the girl's summer uniform dresses at his school.

    These bags look different to his which is just a drawstring bag with ribbon for the neck that doesn't work so great either.

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  22. Hi there, could I please have a copy of the pattern?

    My friend's one year old son has been diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia and I'd like to make him some wiggly bags.

    Many thanks
    Kat

    katbroon@gmail.com

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  23. This is a great idea. Would you send me the pattern please.

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  24. I'd like to help, please could you send me the pattern.

    rachael.cox@talk21.com

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  25. Hi please could you send me a copy of how to
    make wiggly bags,my son needed them and they were
    so hard to come by.x

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  26. could you please send me pattern/instructions for making the wiggly bags?
    Many thanks!
    suecshamekh atgmail dot com

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  27. just been redirected to your website and very interested in wiggle bags, as a retired nurse we could have done with some of these in the nursing homes I have worked at, especially for the younger men, please send me the pattern
    keep up the good work
    Janet

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  28. Hi ther e- I'm in! If you need more wiggly bags, send me the instructions!

    dorte_dk (at) yahoo.dk

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  29. If your still in need of some I would love to help please let me know :) baby_serendity(at) hotmail.com

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  30. Please may I have a pattern for a wiggly bag? The one I have seen ( on Post Pals site, a site for very sick children),shows a child wearing a drawstring bag. I have loads of velcro, so would prefer your pattern, please. Don't the tubes drop down, if it's just an envelope style, or am I missing something? Thank you very much.

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  31. Could you email me your pattern please? I've made some for the drawstring design but am actually making for a teenager in Addies, so maybe this design would be preferred.
    Thanks.

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