I want to mail baby blankets to a niece for her very young daughters and also mail yarn to a far away friend. However, big packages via USPS aren't cheap, so I was thinking that maybe putting them in one of those vacuum-pack type bags might enable them to fit in a smaller box.
I'm worried that this might damage the yarn somehow. Any thoughts? Has any of you done this?
Blessings to you all.
The cheapest way I found for shipping was using a bag instead of a box.
I did use Priority Boxes and was able to get a lot into a box. I also used large Priority Bags.
I keep all my yarns, and knitted goods in vacuum bags. It may come out a little squished, but once out looks great. I would place items in a vacuum bag, then use the priority mail "If it fits it ships" box. That is actually one of the cheapest shipping options around.https://www.usps.com/ship/priority-mail.htm
Squishing the yarn won't hurt it.
I have used the vacuum bags for years when I send 100 hats to Warmth for Maine. I do use a vacuum to take all the air out of the bags, then put the bags in a box to ship. So far (5 years??) no problems. The hats fluff up when removed from the bags.
Put them in a padded envelope mailer. Be sure to put the items in a plastic bag first to protect if mailer "leaks" or gets wet. Also, notify the recipient to be careful opening, especially with scissors or sharp object.
The vacuum package will make it smaller, but not lighter.
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I received 50 skeins of red heart in a box. The yarn was in a vacuum bag. The vacuum bag failed and the pressure of the yarn opened one seam on the box. It was still delivered without damage to the yarn. So make sure your triple tape the package if using vacuum bags. For fun we tried to get the yarn back in the box without the vacuum bags and it was impossible.
I use flat rate boxes all the time. "If it fits it ships" Have you tried those?
I definitely would use a box & not just a padded envelope...I'm sure you have received a beat up package from the post office & no envelope will survive that.
I just got one yesterday in the mail where one end was chewed up but luckily no damage to the goods inside.
The vacuum bags are a good idea....no harm to anything.
IT won't harm the yarn at all actually by removing the air you are condensing the package it will bounce right back after.
I always accept the 'if it fits, it ships' challenge. With a vacuum and rubber band I can shrink a garbage bag down significantly! I then tape the bag securely and the box it's in also. I sometimes wonder if I spend more on tape than I would on shipping a larger box. lol
The last time I mailed something I took it to the post office and asked about the cheapest way to send it. I was more interested in cheap than fast. She said the package I had it in was cheapest. You might see how small you can package it and then see what that would cost. You can always switch to a different box if you need to, but it is a hassle.
If you shrink it down in a bag warn the recipient to open carefully! A sharp blade could damage contents.
Thanks for asking this question. I would not have thought of using vacuum bags.
Great idea to shrink and squeeze and tape well
I haven't mailed yarn but have mailed knitted items. I put them in a zip lock bag or something similar that can to closed tightly. Stuff into bag. Close but leave a couple of inches or so not closed. Sit on bag. Air will whoosh out. While still sitting on bag, finish closing it. It is not flat and all air is out and makes the flattest package possible. Put bag in a suitable sized mailer.