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My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is … Sherrilyn Askew!!!

Sherrilyn Askew (Sherri, #1350) has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an Expert Level Shopping Green Merit Badge!

“Last year, I spoke with my new-to-me chapter about having a bag swap and the importance of reusable bags (I was preaching to the choir). This November, we were finally able to have our sew-in and do a bag swap (YEAH!).

We had fun!!!!! We originally started with 7 people and 1 virtual member for our bag swap, so I tie dyed 8 canvas bags with blackberries. Due to attrition, we only had 4 people in the swap, but I made pockets for all the bags anyway.


The bags were barely dry and had no pockets when my daughter decided which one was going to be hers (I still need to complete the pocket). Using some of my hand-dyed fabrics from another badge, I made pockets and stitched them onto the bags. I then flipped the bags over and using dyer’s crayons, stenciled a bug on the back side of each bag.

MaryJane sent our chapter several blank canvas bags that we have since proceeded to decorate. I made a pocket for one of the blue and white bags. Watch the mail, as no swap is complete until you receive a bag in return.”

  1. MaryJane says:

    Your bags turned out fabulous!!! In the last month, we’ve been taking our blank bags (like those I sent you) and doing fun things with them also. Ha, they’re literally a blank canvas.

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    You know what? Sherriyln sent me the apple tote as a ROAK because I love apples and she had it left over from their HenHouse project. Included was also some organic OPAL apples which are in season now and her favorite! The tote is so darling and I was totally surprised! The apples were also delicious too.

  3. Karlyne says:

    Cute! And I immediately thought that a Christmas bag swap would be fun; a few years ago I made dozens of sizes of them with leftover (and cheap) pieces of Christmas fabric and the kids’ flannel quilt backings (I put their Christmas PJs in those so each kidlets knows which is theirs), so that I’d never have to wrap a present again. I just serge them on three sides and then use ribbon to tie them shut and hang a tag on. So much easier and more fun than all that dumb, hard-to-store, throwaway wrapping paper!

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