Want to make a reusable grocery bag (handmade or embellished) and swap with someone else? Come join my swap on Swap-bot!

Location: International
Last day to signup/drop: January 7, 2009
Date items must be sent by: January 31, 2009
Number of swap partners: 1
What We’re Swapping: ONE Reusable Shopping Bag/Tote, must be handmade or a readymade bag that is embellished. Please check your partner’s profile and try to create something with your partner’s preferences/likes in mind.PLEASE POST A PHOTO of what you send and what you receive somewhere (here, on flickr, your blog) and link to it in the comments for the swap.

How Many Partners? Just ONE. One bag for one partner.

Rating Requirements? Newbies are welcome, but you must have your profile filled in. Please include some information about yourself so your partner can have some insight on personalizing your bag for you.

Please don’t apply if you have flaked on a previous swap or have 1 ratings. (Unless you can prove you’ve changed your ways).

Monetary Cost of Swap You should not spend more than $5 for supplies for this project! Stashbusting and recycled materials are highly recommended! Thrift store material is permissible. Just remember the motto of this swap is STURDY!

Is this swap international? YES. Please do not join if you aren’t willing to ship to another country. Hopefully these bags won’t be too heavy, anyway!

What is a Reusable Shopping Bag? Can be made of any material you like, but with a mind for heavy use. It should be made of sturdy material and have reinforced seams. You should be able to carry several cans in it repeatedly and have it hold up beautifully. Regular cotton is fine! Fused plastic (with sewn seams) is also acceptable. Should be generous in size.

Check http://www.morsbags.com if you need a pattern for sewing a grocery bag. If you use the morsbag pattern, applying the morsbags logo is encouraged.

Crocheting or knitting (or other methods) of construction) are also permissible… bag should just be sturdy and able to carry 15 lbs or so. Use your good judgment!

What if I don’t sew my own bag? Reusable grocery bags can readily be purchased at most grocery stores (in the USA, at least) these days for $1-2. You can also buy canvas bags at craft stores, bookstores, etc. There is a handmade element to all bags in this swap. Embellishment=embroidery, stencil, beading, sewing on trim, etc. You must personalize the bag in some way that requires handwork.

This is my first hosting here at swap-bot, but I have hosted swaps at Nervousness.org and The Soap Dish forum.