I designed a FREE drawstring bag pattern to make for our US Troops. https://thecreativethimble.com/index.html
The ASG (American Sewing Guild) has chosen my pattern to use in their year long Charity Sewing Porject 2009-2010.  The bags will be sent to the national 501C3 non-profit charity, Operation Care Package in IL. The bags are filled  and sent monthly to our troops. The 14″ Drawstring Bag will hold a one gallon size “baggie”, and  filled with toiletries before they are sent to our troops. The troops use the bags for personal use, and some pass them on the children in the area where they are located.

The lightweight cotton bags can be sewn up in any color, but please keep in mind that the majority of troops are men, so masculine colors and prints are recommended.

For more information about Operation Care Package, you can visit http://www.operationcarepackages.org/

Julie Houchin, President of the Laramie WY chapter of ASG had a “sewing for the troops” evening recently. She wrote “We met last Monday night and worked on the bags. I was pleased that we had about 15 finished and I did take a picture of some of the members putting the cord and cords locks on.
Kathy Phillips, Irene Devin, Carole Hertz and Barb Powell, all ASG members in the Laramie, Wyoming Chapter.”
Join in and make a few bags for our troops! You don’t have to be a member of a sewing group to help. Download my free pattern and send the bags to the address listed on the pattern. Send me a picture of your bags or your group and I will post it on my blog.