Malt Bag Challenge


The Latest Bagshare Project Initiative!

Super-Jiffy Barley Malt Bags.
With the rise of local craft beer breweries, 1000's of barley malt bags are landfilled across our state. We want to collect them all! They are super-easy to turn into sturdy re-useable shopping bags. Learn how to do it on our Patterns Page.

*Don't forget to like our new page on Facebook!

To print out this flyer and more about the initiative,
go to : Start a bagshare

An impressive ally in Australia!!

This is one community that has their bags all in a row.
News from the BagShare and the Bagshare Sewing Center

As many of you learned from the last issue of The Goodwill Messenger, good will is spreading in the Hilltowns! The Bagshare Project out-grew the corner space at The Village Church and thanks to a suggestion from Bernie Forgea, I met with our select board to see if we could set up a sewing center in the basement of the Community House. (Get Directions on Google Maps)

We were given the go-ahead. We are calling it The Bagshare PLUS Sewing Center because The Bagshare Project is not only about sewing bags from scrap fabric. Now that we have a great space we can expand the project to include repairing our clothing and gear, sewing our own clothing, teaching sewing, repairing and maintaining sewing machines and any other "sustainability through sewing" related events.

Sewing Events

All events are free of charge. Anyone can ask to teach their own event. All ages and levels of ability are welcome. Here's the schedule 'sew' far!

4H Sewing Group
Bagshare Sewing Center
Lead by Kathy Harrison
Saturdays, 10-11 AM
Kathy teaches basic hand sewing skills and introduces our young ones to machine sewing. Call Kathy for details - 634-5631.

There will be many more classes coming! To use The Sewing Center, call Leni to get a tour first and learn about our zero waste challenge for the center. A hearty thanks to the Cummington Select Board for allowing this to happen, and another hearty thanks for our incubator space at The Village Church.

Our sewing machine repairmen hard at work at a recent repair clinic.
BagShare Sewing Circle Schedule
Ongoing Sewing Circles in Support of the BagShare Project
No Experience Necessary • Loads of Fun!!!!

Eastworks sew: Easthampton, MA - ongoing
Space #330 at Eastworks
Second Wednesday of every month
5:15-8 p.m.
All are welcome. No sewing experience is necessary!
Contact Chris at Serios Market: 413 584-2633

Every other Friday ongoing: Northampton
The Hampshire County Jail sew
12:00-3:00. Volunteers needed:

Leeds, MA Neighborhood sew - ongoing
Third Tuesday of every month
5-8 p.m.
Contact Alisa 413 586-9123

Ongoing/Always Needed

Sew bags at home for bagshare stores.
Pick up pre-made bag kits and Leni will teach you our easy Jiffy bag design.
Call Leni or e mail her for details.
634-5591 or