Members of the Upper Big Wood River Grange, based in Hailey, will attend the Idaho State Grange Convention in Pocatello from Oct. 17-20. Seamstresses are invited to prepare for the event by sewing 60 handmade bags to deliver local produce, including Wood River Seed Library seeds, herbal tea from Redwood Fairy Herbs, honey from Deer Creek, hard red wheat berries and soft white wheat T70 pastry flour from Hillside Grain and Idaho Spud candy bars.

     Rather than using paper or plastic bags to contain the convention favors, cloth gift bags are being manufactured by volunteers. The bags will be reusable and made of recycled fabric. There will be two manufacturing sessions to make the gift bags.

     Volunteers will meet at the Grange Hall at 609 S. Third Ave. in Hailey on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to cut fabric and start the sewing process.

     Grange Treasurer Manon Gaudreau said they need two sewing machines, an ironing board and an iron, as well as fabric ribbons or twill tape to make the handles.

     On Friday, Sept. 13, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., participants can go to the Hailey Public Library at 7 W. Croy St. for the final gift-bag-making party. Sewing machines, accessories and supplies will be provided at this free event.

     “Do you have unused notions like fabric, bobbins of thread, sewing pins or tape suitable to make handles?” Gaudreau said. “Bring them along with your favorite sewing scissors and put them to good use. We are also looking for a couple of cutting boards, portable sewing machines, irons and ironing boards, smiles and joyful cheers. Please confirm what you can bring.”

     Preregistration is required: email Manon at, or text 208-720-7207.

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