Friday, August 22, 2008

{ love totes for PNG }


Over the past few weeks I have had the opportunity to visit and catch up with my Aunt Velma, which has been really nice. She is a missionary nurse in Lae, Papua New Guinea and only comes home for a few months every few years.

One of the things Aunt Velma was telling me about was the "Stuff Sacks" that she hands out to needy people when they have a baby. These could be people who come to One Mile Clinic for medical attention, or people she hears about who are in need (which is a lot of people in PNG!). The Stuff Sacks are simple sewn tote bags made by friends & family and sent to her in Papua New Guinea. She then fills the tote bags with diapers, soap, receiving blankets, and other necessities and then gives them away.

So, I was wooooonnnnndering, would there be anyone out there who'd be interested in sewing some of these simple totes for my Aunt? You could mail them to me (just the empty tote bags, you do not have to fill them!!) and I will give them to her before she returns to PNG in November. It would be nice to have a whole pile of them to give her! If you'd like to learn more about the mission work she does, you can click on the link below.

Also, here is a link for a fabulous, free, and easy tote bag pattern courtesy of Lazy Girl Designs. This pattern is perfect for beginner or non-sewers. If you have a sewing machine or access to one, you can make this! And, this tote bag folds up nice and small for easy mailing.


  1. I really can't sew but I'm going to see if I can get a friend who does sew to get together with me so we can do it together. :o)

  2. Cindy I will find the time to make you at least one! I will see if I can inlist some others as well.
    What a good thing she does.