|I don't drink coffee if it's not in my Bugs Bunny mug. Yes, I don't get it too. :p This photo was taken on one of those Sunday afternoons when I was teaching myself how to serge.|
|Finished coffee bags made from hessian (jute) cloth.|
|This fabric and the strings made from natural fiber perfectly complement what Cordillera Coffee is all about as the quaint cafe promotes organically grown coffee from the local highlands.|
|Photo courtesy of Cordillera Coffee|
Yes! Every coffee there is for a cause. I am happy to say that even the coffee bags I made were part of that cause as the funds earned from the coffee packs will go to COFFEE AID, which, as its name implies, is composed of individuals who work hand in hand in helping uplift the lives of native coffee growers through community initiatives. For one, they hold annual harvest activities (usually November-December) as well as tree planting activities (June-July) where volunteers travel to the Philippine highlands to get to know the farmers as well as help them in their harvest/planting.
|Coffee Aid volunteers in Atok Benguet with Nana Meldina Calubsing, one of the Coffee Aid's heroes.|
Through Coffee AID, farmers receive fair trade and regular income. Know more about this family, their advocacies, and initiatives here.
Going back to the coffee bags, if you are wondering what it's like working with this kind of fabric (especially if you are a sewing enthusiast), it can be very tricky as the fabric tends to fray easily. My advice is to use zigzag stitch to secure the hems. For most of the bags, I used a serger. Then again, it is important to double check and to NOT overlook the thick parts of the jute fabric as they are a convenient way to break your needles. :p I broke two of mine. hehe. Lesson learned is to DOUBLE check your fabric for thick lumps before feeding it into your serger or sewing machine. :) You can actually sew through thick areas BUT ONLY if you do it manually, which means you neither use your foot pedal nor automatic sew button; instead, you slowly turn the handwheel of the machine to get the needle moving until you get past the rough fabric areas. :)
|Keep your sewing process organized. Measure and prepare your fabric accurately.|
|I inserted the string before finishing the hems and not after as it can be difficult to insert jute string using safety pin along the narrow opening of the material. Because of the texture of the fabric, the safety pin gets caught in the opening.|
|Watch out for thick lumps of fabric when serging jute fabric.|
|Check finished hems.|
|Ready for delivery.|