Children in Australia will soon be heading back to school after their five week Summer holiday break. For parents this means purchasing school supplies ready for the new school year. Unfortunately for some, this can be an onerous task, due to financial hardships, and that's where Operation Backpack comes in.
An initiative of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Operation Backpack is run jointly with various shopping centres. Although the scheme has been running for nearly ten years, I have only just read about it in my local newspaper, and so this is my first year taking part.
Any new school supplies can be donated - pens, pencils, rulers, glue, pencil cases, folders, lunch boxes, school bags, drink bottles, backpacks. While shopping for their own children's school supplies, parents are encouraged to add extra to the shopping trolley. One item multiplied by many, adds up.
Instead of popping into the shops and buying some items, I thought I'd make a few library bags. Although I didn't specifically see library bags mentioned, as a former teacher, I know they will be on the list for parents to organise.
I cut out twenty three bags, but only ended up sewing ten. I'll sew the others up, bit by bit, and they'll be ready to donate next year. Twenty three sounds a lot, but seriously, it hasn't made a dent in my stash.
Sewing doesn't get any easier than this, and so, for me, it's a good project to undertake when I'm tired or don't feel like concentrating.
You may recognise some of the fabrics:-
But most are fabrics that have been sitting in my stash just waiting for the right project.
The instructions and dimensions for making these library bags are all included in my Library Bag Tutorial.
I dropped these bags off to my local shopping centre this morning. Today was the cut off, so the rest will wait till next year.
... a very satisfying project.
My favourite is the one with the lighthouse. What about you?