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Come Craft With the Etsy Labs & Bags for the People handmade and vintage goods

Why stay in and sew all by your lonesome? Come join us for a bag-making workshop with Bags for the People — whether you’re in Brooklyn or anywhere in the world. Stop by for our weekly Craft Night in our online multi-user chat room, the Virtual Labs, for a live online demo at 5 p.m. ET, or in person at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn anytime between 4-8 p.m. at 325 Gold Street, 3rd floor in Brooklyn, New York. (Click here to see what time 5 p.m. ET is in your hometown.) Craft Night is a time to make things, sharpen your craft skills, meet new friends, and hang out.


This week, on Monday, July 13, we will be making bags with
Bags for the People, a non-profit organization that provides the public with a sustainable alternative to plastic bags. They use all repurposed materials and give bags out for free. Bags for the People also perform community building workshops and events, like this one, to not only get people to make the switch from plastic to reusable, but to inspire people to take an active and creative role in life. Learn all about Bags for the People and what they do here.

We’ll have all the materials you’ll need to make a bag of your own here at the Etsy Labs. If you have any fabrics or old clothing that you would like to turn into bags, please bring them along.

If you are attending Craft Night virtually this week and would like to stitch up some bags along with us, you’ll need to gather a few supplies:

  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Iron

Upcoming Events at the Etsy Labs

7/12: Church of Craft meeting at the Etsy Labs (2-6 p.m.)

7/20: Felted Coasters Craft Night with Leslie Henkel of Spacecraft‘s Craft on Draught

7/27: Open Craft Night

If you’d like to lead a Craft Night, send your ideas to with “Craft Night idea” as the subject line. Have you participated in Craft Night? Share your photos with the Etsy Labs Show and Tell Flickr group! If you’d like to learn more about the Etsy Labs, check out our FAQs. Want to receive email updates? Join our Etsy Labs mailing list.

Will we see you Monday, ready to sew? Let us know in the comments below.