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SI Crosby has a small club project to make and sell bags as ‘Baggatelles’. Members are encouraged to participate in the project, whether by helping to sew the items, or by selling them at Soroptimist meetings and other local events.

Vegbags are made of linen: they are ideal for the storage of potatoes, onions or root vegetables. Tote-bags are thick, colourful cotton multipurpose carry bags in three sizes, two of which accommodate A4 files. Baggatelles are washable.

Feedback from purchasers is very positive about the effectiveness of the vegbags, as well as about the quality of the goods. The bags also help to safeguard the environment by reducing the number of plastic bags in circulation.

The Baggatelles range now includes several designs of tote/shopping bags, small zipped bags, peg bags, jewellery pouches, pinafore-style aprons, set-belt ‘buffs’ and bunting. Crocheted items include Lancashire rose brooches, fingerless gloves and ‘infinity’ scarves – plus seasonal items, principally Christmas decorations.

Originally, proceeds from the sale of SI Crosby’s Baggatelles (2007-11) went to Soroptimist International’s Project Sierra: a Family and a Future. Members raised £1,111 for the project.

Proceeds are currently destined for Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid, the local domestic violence charity; over £4,597.68 has been raised so far and over 2,500 individual items have been made and sold.

federation president maureen maguire at baggatelles stall