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Reflecting and Growing

October 23, 2012

The women who make up Mother Made work together in an authentically cooperative way, making decisions by consensus, developing leadership while providing emotional support to one another. We are building a socially and environmentally just business, designing and producing quality, handmade items.  Together we have built a great program!

Now embarking on our second year,  Mother Made Baltimore is parting ways with the Episcopal Community Services of Maryland to pursue other partnerships, while becoming an independent entity. Over the next few months, we will be applying for grants, pursuing new wholesale contracts, and seeking new opportunities for growth. We are currently in search of an exciting space in which to design and construct our products, as well as hold our weekly leadership and organizational meetings.

As Mother Made continues to grow and change, we look to you, our friends and supporters, for ideas, connections, and opportunities. Here are a few ways that you can help us in our transition!

·      Give Mother Made products to friends and family this holiday season

·      Contract us to make tote bags or custom designed items for your organization (we screen-print custom logos!)

·      Connect us with potential partners

·      Identify subsidized or rent-free space for our new shop

·      Donate sewing equipment or materials

Finally, please check back here and Facebook for updates. We will be setting up an online shop soon for your holiday shopping convenience!

We look forward to the changes on the horizon, and welcome you to follow our progress!


Mother Made Welcomes New Volunteers

September 1, 2012

Ms. Zelda experiments with a design for a new tote bag!

Mother Made will host a volunteer orientation this week at our Mura Street studio. We are pleased to welcome a diverse group of folks excited to help our organization grow! Our guests will include an expectant mama and an experienced tailor. Mother Made is seeking volunteers with skills in basic and advanced sewing, business, and marketing. Please contact us at for complete volunteer position descriptions.

Upcoming JFX Farmers Markets

June 21, 2012

Come and see us at the JFX Farmer’s Market the following Sundays! We are usually set up near the hoola hoopers and Wheely Good Smoothies.

July 8

July 29


Mother’s Day Trunk Show

April 23, 2012

When: Saturday, May 5, 2012.
Time: 12:00pm until 4:00pm
Place: 1621 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

Looking for a locally made, eco-friendly, and socially-conscious item to gift this Mother’s Day?

Episcopal Community Services of Maryland’s Mother Made Baltimore program and Ten Thousand Villages are pleased to announce a Mother’s Day Trunk Show and Sale. This event will be held on May 5, 2012 from 12pm-4pm at the Ten Thousand Villages store, 1621 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD 21231.

Mother Made is a local program that helps low-earning women use their crafting skills to generate income. They have teamed up with Ten Thousand Villages, a fair-trade retailer located in Fells Point, promotes buying relationships with skilled artisans who are under- or unemployed.

Mother Made will showcase signature produce bags, shopping bags, and hand-dyed napkins and scarves. Products are available for a range of prices from $5 – $50.

Mother Made’s re-usable produce bags are made of unbleached cotton fabric. The simple design has a drawstring and is printed with Mother Made’s logo. Each “market pack” includes 3 sizes- small (9×12), medium (11×14), and large (14×18 inches).

Mother Made’s resist-dyed Shibori napkins come in a variety of bright and fresh colors, speckled with repeated patterns that are designed and created by women in Baltimore. The napkins (17×17”, rayon/linen blend) come in sets of 4.

Mother Made’s oilcloth totes are durable and perfect for summer trips to the beach or the Farmers’ Market. They are ornamented with vibrant and fun patterns. The totes are 20x17x7inches, with two 17″ straps that will sling comfortably over your shoulder.

MOTHER MADE is a program of the Episcopal Community Services of Maryland that produces reusable produce bags and shopping bags in Baltimore City. Our products reduce plastic bag use in grocery stores and farmer’s markets by offering consumers an alternative.

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES in Baltimore, MD, is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries, we are part of a network of over 390 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products.

EPISCOPAL COMMUNITY SERVICES OF MARYLAND is a private, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization located in Baltimore, Maryland. The organization focuses on programs that promote the education, workforce development, and wellness of some of the city’s most marginalized people. ECSM programs include: The Ark, a preschool for homeless children; Jericho, a re-entry program for ex-offenders focused on workforce development and job placement; and The Club at Collington Square, an after-school and summer camp for low-income students.

Who We Are

February 7, 2012

New and old members got together yesterday to talk about our goals and hopes for the coming months together. Here are some tidbits about who we are!

Orientation photos

February 7, 2012

Today was orientation for some new Mother Made members. We talked about the project, met one another, and discussed the schedule. For the next 16 weeks, one group will meet on Mondays, and the other group on Saturdays, to learn technical skills as well as business skills. We are still looking for some volunteers to lead workshops on promoting yourself, selling handmade items online, and other topics. Let us know if you are interested!

Here are some photos of a project that Ms. Laurel led the group through today:

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Photos of our team coming soon!

New Products!

December 8, 2011

Check out our newest products, hand-dyed napkins! The napkins with borders come in sets of 4, and are 18 inches x 18 inches, linen/rayon blend. The napkins without borders are 16 inches x 16 inches, and also come in sets of 4.

We had so much fun learning about shibori and different surface design techniques while making these! Come to Art Market until Saturday, or Trade on Sunday, to purchase! Not in the Baltimore area? Visit our shop to purchase items online.

16"x16", linen/rayon blend, $40 for set of 4

18"x18", set of 4, linen/rayon blend napkins

Orange Napkins, set of 4, linen/rayon blend, 18"x18"

Gray/Green Napkins, set of 4, linen/rayon blend, 18"x18"