I do have to say that I think the Warratah is my favourite.
I also heard from Wendy L from VIC. Wendy’s Mum, Nan, sews laundry bags for us and then gives them to Wendy to send them off. Wendy has been sending a few single laundry bags off and she took the time to do some research on what options there are.
Here is what Wendy said.
I realised very quickly that to send ONE laundry bag in the Bx2 mailing box that we have been using to send the Quilts, left a lot of space and required a LOT of goodies to make the parcel interesting. Which led me to embark on a mini quest to find the perfect packing medium to send “Just” a Laundry bag.
I thought you would be interested in what I found. I have attached photos of the boxes I bought from Officeworks with samples of what will fit in each.
Photo 1 – Box A4 $2:00
This box is strong and I was able to pack bulky items, which is good if I want to send a Beanie or Socks. It is a little bit shallower than the Bx2 and my sample box weighed in at 1.5kg
Photo 2 – Box PPS Small $1:49
This is the one that I will be using. It is about HALF the size of the Bx2 box and will take a laundry bag, pkt of Tim Tams and a couple of extras like playing cards, lollies etc. Not too expensive to fill or time consuming to pack.
Photo 3 – Box Expandable Mailer $2:05
This one is interesting as the sides can be adjusted to fit snuggly around the contents. It can be as small as one laundry bag folded flat, or as deep as a packet of Tim Tams on its side.
Photo 4 – Box Padded Bag – $7:00 -something for 5 (Can be bought individually). I had these on hand but would not use them again. I thought they were a bit expensive and not too robust to be thrown in the back of a transport and definitely not suitable for Tim Tams!
Hope this helps, in case anyone is asking or may be unsure of sending unaccompanied laundry bags due to the feeling that they must “fill up” the Bx2 box to fill the space or make up the weight. Just because we CAN send 2kg postage free – doesn’t mean we HAVE to!
Thanks for taking the time to do that research Wendy! I think that is great. Wendy makes a great point. Just because we can send 2kg for free does not mean we have to. The guys are just happy to receive their laundry bags – any extras you include are a bonus. If sending a few less extras makes it more affordable to send more laundry bags then that is well worth thinking about.
Well, I promised you a bit of fun and here is comes. I was lucky enough to be invited to spend last Saturday with these lovely ladies in the following pictures. This first one is Jan and she works at the RAAF Base here in Sydney. I called her months ago to make her aware of Aussie Heroes and guess what! She is a quilter and she already knew about us! LOVE IT! A while later she and her sister, Diane, came out to Penrith to say hello during one of our sewing days.
Jan belongs to a wonderful sewing group and I was later invited to come along and talk to them about AHQ but unfortunately it coincided with taking my son to boarding school so I couldn’t go. 🙁
They didn’t give up on me though and invited me along again on Saturday to join them for the day at their retreat at a very picturesque setting in Mulgoa.
It was a lovely day spent with lovely people!
Jan’s sister, Diane, was there and she had made 20 outer pieces for laundry bags (the colourful bit) and also 20 pieces that go on the top to carry the cord and all she needed was the lining. So I took along bundles of calico and sheeting that I had been given and Diane cut out linings for all her laundry bags. She worked so hard all day. As she cut the linings out she handed them on to some of the other girls and they completed the laundry bags.
By the end of the day there were 20 of the most awesome colourful laundry bags ready for me to take home! There are only two that are made from one piece of fabric. Most are made from lots of little bits and I think they are wonderful!
Aren’t they great.
Honestly the photos do not do them justice!
These ladies are Chris, Bev and Karol. They are some that helped to sew the laundry bags. Whilst everyone was working on LBs I was machining the binding on four quilts and telling them AHQ stories. Once the laundry bags were finished Chris and Karol and Jan each grabbed one of the quilts and started doing the hand sewing for me. Let me tell you ladies, Del,who usually does a lot of my handsewing, was very pleased.
Beverly in the middle here actually has a cousin who came back from Afghanistan with severe injuries. He is up and about these days and doing well but it makes the Aussie Heroes Project very real for her.
Kim and Judy also worked on the laundry bags and after Denise had cut out all the linings she needed, and we only had just enough, Kim took all the scraps and sewed them up so that she could send me home with four more linings for four more laundry bags. Now that is really handy!
This is the quilt that Beverley has made and I have already found it a good home. It will be heading off as soon as Bev has finished the binding.
Diane took all her scraps and sewed them together to make her quilt top – LOVE IT!!! it was a bit wide so she cut the sides off and added them to the top and bottom to bring it up to the right length. I really love this – so bright and the diamond pattern is GORGEOUS! Every now and then I see a quilt and think I really don’t want to send it off and this is one of those. Just as well it is with Diane to send off and not here with me! LOL
Piecing the front wasn’t enough for Diane. She pieced the back as well and if you look closely in the top left hand corner at the plain green square, that is the label.
What a gorgeous quilt this one is! The photos do not do it justice either. The colours just sing!
Once again Diane took leftovers and scraps and pieced this matching laundry bag.
Just try and lose this one!
Unfortunately I didn’t get photos of all the lovely ladies which was bad planning on my part! They are such a lovely group, loads of ribbing and teasing and some of it certainly not appropriate for me to share on the blog (isn’t that right Karol and Kim!) Comes under the heading of “too much information” but I would head back to sew with them any time!
Thanks for having me ladies!
Linda received a great thank you message from someone on HMAS ANZAC –
hope I have the correct email address here but thank you very much for the quilt! 🙂 It was lovely to receive a parcel from home, especially when it holds a quilt and pillowcase with personalised touches, it was awesome! The tim tams were amazing as well, I had run out of packets and they will be saved for a special occasion, probably to share with friends on Christmas day.
Thank you again for thinking about us and obviously putting a lot of time into making and sending a quilt and toilet bag.. It’s taken pride of place on my bed!
Till next time……….keep spreading the word and happy stitching!