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Crafts, Encouragement, Fellowships, Mission Projects, Outreach June 28, 2013

Encouragement: Blessing Bags

Encouragement Idea: Blessing Bags

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Earlier this year, our Women’s Ministry Team hosted a fellowship for our women to come together to make Blessing Bags.

We decorated the bags and asked each woman in attendance to take their bag and pass it to another woman in our church or community.

So many women could use a small blessing: a single mom, widow, cancer patient, caregiver, empty nester, divorcee, young mom, etc…

They were to fill the bag with $5-$10 of items that would bless another. Tags attached encourage the recipient to fill and pass the bag to another if they are able. The tags also noted that they were from our church’s Women’s Ministry.

We gave our women several ideas for filling their bags (most of which can be found at the Dollar Store). Stress the importance of staying within the $5-$10 so every woman who receives a bag is able to pass it on and bless another.

Bag filler ideas:

  • Coffee mug, coffee, devotional book
  • Pasta, spaghetti sauce, oven mitt, and cooking utensils
  • Fuzzy socks, bubble bath, lotion
  • Devotional/Journal and a pen
  • Cookies, small loaf of bread, or chocolates
  • Small flower pot, seeds and gardening gloves
  • Candle, bookmark, and a good book

Supplies needed:

We used the fabric markers to write a scripture verses and encouraging words (hope, love, joy) on our bags.

Directions to attendees:

1. Decide on a woman you want to bless (in the church or community).

2. Decorate a bag for her.

3. Attach a tag.

4. Include a personal note (optional).

5. Take home your bag, fill it, and pass on the blessings.

Writing cards for blessing bags

Sample Tag Text:

Be a Blessing & Pass It On! Bless and encourage another by filling this bag (with items  no more than $5-$10 in value) and passing it on. We are praying each recipient will be blessed & encouraged, (Insert Name) Women’s Ministry


We challenged them to give them out within a 2 week period and to share their experience on our Facebook page.

Your non-crafty women may be turned off by a “crafty fellowship” – encourage them to help each other with the bag decorations, give them some simple sample ideas, and stress the blessing part of the project.

You may also want to read:
Thrifty Craft Projects
No-Sew Fleece Blankets
Mission Project: Pillowcase Dresses
No More Note Card Stress

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Crafts May 24, 2013

Thrifty Craft Projects

Thrifty Craft Projects

Whether you’re setting up a variety of craft stations or looking for a project to take on a mission trip, these thrifty craft projects require minimal materials and minimal prep.

I just love this idea for Washer Jewelry.

washer jewelry(source)

Drop by your local hardware store to purchase the washers, spray paint them (I’d do that in advance in a variety of colors), and let your ladies choose their rub-ons and cord. In addition to purchasing the rub-ons (often in the scrapbook/stamp section) at your local craft store, you might be able to find them at your local dollar store. Adding a few crystals could be fun to! Spray with clear sealer to protect.

Years ago I made Marble Magnets like these during a moms group meeting.

marble magnets(source)

Start by gathering some scrapbook paper, cards, magazines, or wrapping paper from the women in your group (crafters will have plenty of paper they’d be happy to bring). All you’ll need to purchase are the round magnets and the glue (use E6000). One thing we did not do, that Coconut Love suggests, is to use a 3/4 inch circle punch. That will make things MUCH easier! It is hard to cut a good circle. The glue is not super cheap, but you’ll only need two SMALL drops for each magnet. Make good use of those 40% off craft store coupons. 😉

You may want to have each woman make six coordinating magnets and put them in an Altoids tin (you can now find plain tins in a similar size on several craft sites).

You can even do these as a Christmas craft by using Christmas cards or Christmas wrapping paper to make Christmas themed magnets.

Consider making a craft project a missions/ministry project (gifts for women at the local shelter, etc.) and you’ll attract more than just the “crafty” women at your church.

Crafts, Fellowships, Mission Projects April 29, 2013

Local Mission Project Idea: No-Sew Fleece Blankets


Project: No-Sew Fleece Blankets (lap and child-size)

Purpose: To provide homebound church members and homebound friends with lap blankets. Children’s blankets were delivered to a local shelter. We were told it would be the only new thing most of those children would have… tears…

Cost: Varies. Our team used coupons/sales to minimize the cost of the project. We spent approximately $900 and made about 48 blankets.

Needed supplies:  2 cuts of 1 1/2 yards (for throws) of fleece fabric per throw (coordinating prints and solids look especially nice); sharp fabric scissors (one for pair of women),  4 inch cardboard squares, one table per pair/team.


1. Lay the fabric out and cut off the rough edges.

2. Place both pieces together with the wrong sides facing each other and smooth them out and line them up. Cut, as needed, so that both pieces are the same size.

3. Keeping the fabrics together cut a 4 inch-square piece out of each corner. (Use premade 4 inch cardboard squares.)

4. Working through both layers together, go down each side and make cuts for your fringe 1 ½ to 2 inches wide. Try hard not to cut in more than the 4 inches. A ruler, or the cardboard square, is very helpful as a guide! Make your cuts on all four sides before you start tying the fringe.

5.  Time to Tie – “Looping” the strands instead of tying them, makes for a prettier and nicer border. To loop (rather than tie), keep the two strands together, raise them up, wrap around your finger, and pull back thru to the front. You want a nice firm, but not tight, knot. Once all of your fringe is knotted you are finished. Tie all of the knots the same way on each side of the blanket.

Distribution: Many of the women at the event signed up to take a blanket and deliver it. We had a sign-up sheet so they could list the recipient and prevent any duplicate deliveries. Extras were given to our Senior Adult Pastor along with a copy of the distribution list. Blankets for the children were taken to the shelter.

Personal touches: A team of our “scrapbook ladies” made beautiful tags for each blanket that let them know they were from our church and women’s ministry. We folded each blanket, tied with ribbon, and attached a tag.

Consider: Prepping the materials in advance. Our team of about 8 women spent over 3 hours sorting, matching, and sizing the fleece (matching patterns and solids) prior to the actual fellowship.

Results: We received an overwhelming number of thank you notes from this project and the participants just loved it! Our team would love to do this again sometime!