Postage Info On Feed Bags

Here is a picture of a folded bag inside a Manila envelope. The bags measure approx. 15″x30″ and fold up pretty easily.

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The postage is $1.45 and the cost of the envelope is about .40 so for $2.00 you can cover the cost of receiving a feed bag. I have 20+ feed bags now and will always have more but at this time I can only allow one bag per person. You can specify the type of bag you’d like to receive but I’ll make no promises. I’ll have wild bird seed, goat feed, chicken feed and cat food. All of these foods come in plastic tarp material bags and the only additional materials you’ll need are handles – I use a cotton roping type. Can’t even think what it’s called. Address is on home page. When I run out of bags I’ll let you know so you don’t continue to send me your money. Include an address label PLEASE. Bags will need to be trimmed and washed inside.

I worked on the plants in the basement today. Remember these pictures from last November?

Here it is today when I finished.

It’s lights out till next fall.

Here’s a couple quilts to show you. Emily made this king size t-shirt quilt out of 90 shirts! Now that was a labor of love!

And Diane sent in the first finished little Uncle Sam – work hard – Flag Day and Fourth of July are just ahead!

Pam actually thought she could fit in this box!

And Hazel is learning a new skill – catching a Frisbee! She’s loving this new activity and has probably caught it in the air about 10 times this week. The problem is the thrower needs to be more consistent so Hazel has some idea where the darned thing is headed. Haha!

And Minnesota Quilters is fast approaching and I intend to be there on Thursday, June 13. Let’s meet in the food court at 1:00 for a “board meeting”! We can meet each other in person! I think it will be really fun, don’t you?

There’s been great discussion about saving a post and I’m happy that you’ll think about doing this because I just don’t have the time to search for the post you ask me about. And I can’t categorize the blog posts very easy. For example, what heading would this post be under? I try to keep the book list on a separate post so you can find it but I talk about a lot of stuff in one post – from plants, to animals, to quilts, to church, gardening, thrifting, decorating and antiques. They always called me “Windy” in the shop – haha!

I leave you with one of my cemetery planters which will need to be delivered tomorrow or Saturday.

35 thoughts on “Postage Info On Feed Bags

  1. Dee Winter

    I did my cemetery flowers today. Every year since I was a little kid. Everyone else who cares is not available so I went alone. I did 4 cemeteries, Barnes and Noble, Best Buy and Staples and the quilt shop in Independence. And then the road to the last cemetery was closed, and the detour took me by Fontana Park and I stopped and visited the Turkey Vulture the great grandson and I adopted. Fun day.

    1. Sue in PA

      I LOVE turkey vultures! My whole family think I am weird for doing so but there is just something about them that I find fascinating and I get excited every time I see one! How did you happen to adopt one?

  2. Pamela in Missouri

    I have seven cemeteries to visit and lay flowers on the graves. This year marks our ‘Second Annual Cemetery Tour’. My daughter, my 12 year old granddaughter, and myself will be playing three tunes at each cemetery. My daughter will play the mountain dulcimer, I’ll play cello, and my granddaughter will play melody on the clarinet. My daughter and I did this last year and I’m tickled that my granddaughter wants to join us this year. The cemeteries we visit are small rural ones and it’s such a special moment to play music in this hallowed setting.

    1. Nikki M

      What a wonderful thing to do,I hope your granddaughter will continue with the tradition.

    2. CountryThreads Post author

      Pamela in Missouri – what a sacred moment! Guess I can’t take the piano out o the cemetery but I love your idea!

  3. Donna Ondler

    Mary I see that beautiful Rex Begonia in your basement or whatever room this is. I was given a clipping of one leaf which I’m trying to root but do far no roots. Then I bought a potted one at the store. I’m thinking that one isn’t a Rex begonia but it’s pretty. I guess I need to google on how to keep over the winter months. It looks like you use a special lite for your many plants. Not sure you remember but I was the one who posted your beautiful Rex begonia on FB because it instantly made me think of Kaffe Fassett fabric.
    Enjoy your weekend

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Donna Ondler – oh, but I remember well that it was you! The begonia became so long and straggly I pitched it. Believe me I’m going to pitch a lot of these plants before next fall! Big talk today, huh?

  4. Karen Gaither

    Mary would it be easier to have the plants in the store storage area where you kept patterns, the shelves look the same. I would not want to haul all the plants up and down stairs to the basement.

    Your grass looks so pretty green & lush. What fertilizer do you use? I did organic in the backyard, due to pets and I ave never had as many weeds in 27 years of owning a house. Will never use organic on grass again.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Karen Gaither – I’ve considered exactly what you’re saying but there’s no water in the quilt shop so I either carry water or carry plants. Next year is going to be different!

  5. patti leal

    i have a clueless question. when i click on the ads, i click on the ‘x’. do i really need to actually open each ad and look at it? i don’t want to waste my time if i’m doing it wrong, and i want to help if i’m not. help. patti in florida

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Patti Leal – the way I understand it is you ONLY have to click on the X. You do not need to open the ad and look at it. I think the reasoning is that you subliminally notice the ad and what’s being sold. Thank you, Patti. Don’t waste your time opening the ads – hope nobody notices I said that!

        1. Susan the Farm Quilter

          Patti, thank you for the reminder to click on that X on the ads to support the blogs I enjoy reading!! I went back up and clicked on all 4 of them after reading your comment!!

  6. Barbara Dillingham Moore

    Regarding the feed bags – I’ve used them for years to send scarves to the military and quilts to charity efforts across the country – from CA to ND to NC. They work great because they don’t weigh anything and empty boxes are heavy and add to the postage charge. When you’re trying to save all the money you can on postage, these feed bags are the bomb! Mostly I use 50 lb. dog food bags. Dog food is oily and I find I need to turn them inside out so that the residual oil won’t get on my scarves or quilts. I wash off the outside of the bag before turning it inside out and then also wash what was the inside. This white side make a great canvas on which to put the address labels. I can send 25 scarves per bag and it costs less than $20, parcel post, to send it. I’m reinventing the old school mail bags😉!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Barbara Dillingham MOORE – now that’s clever and I am impressed!! They really don’t weigh anything I’ve noticed and what an excellent way to send something unbreakable! Wow – this is my “what I learned today “ moment! I have many cat food shopping bags and one time the cashier kept trying to scan the bar code thinking it still had cat food in it! Oh, we laughed and laughed! I say this all the time – we learn something from our readers all the time! Thank you, Barbara!

      1. Barbara Dillingham Moore

        You’re welcome, Mary. If I can save on postage costs for people like me who love to support charity sewing and knitting, then it’s a win/win! I have all my pals with big dogs save their bags for me, even my daughter-in-law who feeds the javalina – wild peccary – here in SoAriz. She gives them “Old Roy” and saves the bag! I’m getting ready for another shipment of military scarves for Operation Gratitude (dot org) and will use one of my coveted empty feed bags!! Have a great day!

  7. Sue in Oregon

    We need to cut flowers for our bouquets for our annual cemetery visit of family members. We have lots of rhododendrons, iris and calla lilies this time of year, so we always take those. I make up the bouquets on site because we have those pop-up type vases installed there. I hope we get some sun this weekend.

    Diane’s Uncle Sam is great. And, Emily’s quilt is the best T-shirt quilt I have ever seen. 90 shirts. Wow!

  8. Dorothy

    I know it’s probably too early to do this but I am sending off my $2 for a feed bag tomorrow. Can be any feed bag 🙂

  9. Kathy in western NY

    Love how cute Uncle Sam looks on the wall. Nice country colors Diane. And it’s amazing 90 tee shirts were saved for that quilt. I have just a few nascar drivers ones I am doing for my grandson but I will add some stashing to make it bigger. Life is never dull for women like us who just fill every day up with projects.

  10. Mrs. Goodneedle

    I love Diane’s little Sam, I am working on his very tall “brother” right now, a good Memorial Day weekend project. Your basement clean out looks like it was some backbreaking work, but I know how those plants will enjoy being outside; you have an enviable collection. Hazel looks quite proud of herself, as she should be, catching a Frisbee is a huge talent! Does she always bring it to you to throw again?

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Mrs. Goodneedle- Hazel definitely brings it back to me so I’ll throw it again – and again – and again! The real problem that we’re working on is trying to grab it as I pick it up and sometimes her teeth catch my hand, arm, leg – you get the idea! I look like I’ve been in a fight! Haha!

  11. Ruthr

    If Barbara Dillingham Moore can turn feed bags inside out, clean them, and use them as mailing bags…could you just turn your feed bag inside out, clean it, then fold and tape it into an envelope shape, slap a label on and mail it??? No buying manila envelopes to use for mailing. You are folding it anyway to put into the manila envelope.
    It’s one less thing to buy and store, those manila envelopes.
    The birdseed bags are so beautiful!

  12. Ruth

    Why oh why does the comment function on my computer save stupid wrong spellings and continually offer them up as choices??? Grrrr!
    That Ruthr is not correct on my previous comment and I wish it would disappear from my computer history.

  13. Ruth

    Ok. Trying this again
    Mary, if Barbara Dillingham Moore can turn a feed bag inside out, clean it, label it and use it as an envelope for other material, couldn’t you do the same?? Only, fold it into an envelope shape, tape it shut, slap a label on it and mail it off.
    No using a manila envelope, no need to buy and store them for mailing feed bags.
    The birdseed bags are so pretty!

    1. Mary

      Ruth – I’m going to say this very simply – if I have to turn the bag inside out, clean the bag and fold it into an envelope shape, my price increases to $20 per bag. $.40 per envelope or me spending time cleaning, turning bags inside out with arthritic fingers? You choose. If anyone wants their feed bag delivered this way, send me $20 instead of $2.00 per bag.

  14. Katherine Gourley

    Hi Mary–I love your posts, but I do not always stop long enough to reply. I was reading the post about the bags to hubby and his reply was — please, no more bags. Boo Hoo. He is right, I have an addiction to bags and need to stop. I recycle and upcycle a lot and I know that I do not need to rescue everything. I am often asked about my decorating style and tell people that it is a combo of Thrift Shop Style and Retro Salvage Style from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

    I wish I had your talent with plants. I have a jungle of African Violets, but that is about it in the house. We just planted boxwoods, philodendrons and a magnolia to replace some old sad landscape plants. We gave them a 2-3 year chance to improve after 2 very hard winters, but decided they had to go.

    Bless you for visiting graves with flowers. It is wonderful memorial.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Katherine Gourley – I had to laugh when hubby said no more bags! My husband says that, too, about a lot of things. I cannot grow an African violet! I have no talent where they’re concerned and I love them. Same with geraniums – I buy them every year and they’re soon looking so sad. I have no new furniture – why would I buy the dogs and cats new chairs to ruin. I never sit in them so why bother?

  15. Felicia Hamlin

    Wow, Mary, look at your plants! I wish my husband installed those growing lights downstairs, Remember, Mary, the boutique at the Quilt Expo in August, bring some of them and try selling them. We went to put flowers on my in-laws tombs yesterday, north of Brainerd. A long trek for sure.

    I can grow geraniums, but no African violets and I don’t understand why. Have a nice week end!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Felicia – that was a long trek to Brainerd! I’m going to plant succulent gardens and sell them at Junkin Gal in Garner. I also have an old school desk that I’m going to plant and hopefully sell – I’ll get rid of the desk and the plants! Win-win!

  16. Diane in WI

    Thank you for the Little Uncle Sam and Tulip pattern. I am looking forward to starting Uncle Sam for my sister. I so enjoyed making Little Harvey. Your plants look wonderful. I have one African violet the I have managed so far to keep growing. I read somewhere not to use tap water. I have been using spring water and only water from the bottom. I watched a couple You Tube videos on making the feed bags. One lady used part of the bag for the handles. I may try to use webbing. I have been clicking on the x’s in the ads. We have had so much rain here . Not sure if we’ll get any corn planted.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Diane In WI – many directions say to make handles from the part of the bag you cut off but they’re stiff and hurt my hands so I still use webbing – thanks for naming it because I couldn’t think of what it was called! Another senior moment!

  17. Barb A Wegner

    I have made many many bags from the feed sacks, and if anybody knows a friend or someone raising chickens, goats etc, try getting the bags locally….. I do not recommend cat food bags cuz they are very oily! I agree on the handle….webbings work well, & one can find belts at thrift stores that can work too. The bag material can be stiff for handles but there is plenty of bag material so one does not have to look for a special handle .

    I sold some….but most people do not think the work of sewing the bags is worth even $5!

    I really like the idea of sending stuff in a bag with the white side out! that is a great idea!

    My sister Donna turned me onto your blog & I enjoy it very much!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Barb Werner – you’re right, people don’t think the bags are worth much but they don’t realize the work that went into making it. Turning the bag inside out is a struggle for me. My goat feed bags are very oily, too, but clean up easily. Hadn’t thought of belts but webbing is cheap and easy to find. And I agree – turning a bag for mailing scarves, etc. is a brilliant idea! Glad you joined us here on Chicken Scratch!

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