Now i have finished work i am enjoying sewing gifts.
These are Morsbags which are simple cloth bags, designed as an alternative to plastic bags. Because of the availability of plastic bags since the supermarkets sprang into action in the 70's people seem to have forgotten to use cloth bags. My parents generation always used cloth and many still do. ( & mum had a brown shopping trolley which me and my sister used to argue about who had to pull it! )
A movement was set up in 2008 by Clare Morsman to raise awareness of how plastics pollute the environment, break down and end up in marine life. She created www.morsbags.com sharing a great tutorial on how to make the 'Morsbag' and suggesting ways to create 'pods' and community groups to make them en masse and give out free to members of the public.
They are super easy to make and can also be made from upcycling fabrics from curtains or worn house linens. The fabrics i have used were from small sample curtains in the remnant bin at my local fabric store. The bags are great as they fold up small and are perfect to keep in your car glove compartment or bag so you always have one when you go out.
If you fancy making one then check out the Morsbags Sociable Guerilla Bagging site.