Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sewing For Charity - Encouraging Others Through Your Talents

For those who follow this blog, sewing is somehow a part of your life.  You might teach classes like I do, sell items that you have made, or sew at home for yourself and your family.  You might just be interested in sewing.  All of us possess talents that we can use in helping and encouraging others through sewing.

I wanted to share some ways in which you can help to encourage another adult or child through sewing.  There are MANY charities out there that sew items for others.  You could make blankets with the Linus Project or sew bags that will hold toiletries and other needed items for our troops overseas.  You could also make a quilt to give to a veteran when they come home through the Quilts of Valor project.  There are many....I just wanted to touch on a few ways you personally can encourage others through sewing.


You probably have heard me mention this group on our Facebook page or in class.  Threads of Love is a national organization that has a local chapter here in Charlotte.  The group provides the materials and volunteers make little blankets, hats, snugglies, isolette covers, lovie dolls and bereavement gowns for the little ones in our local, high level, NICU's.  Many of my local friends and students have helped make the little 18 x 22" blankets that each child receives.  Approx. 50 of these are distributed locally at our hospitals.   They are very easy to make and my girls who are 9 have helped to make these. If you are interested in learning, please feel free to contact me.


These are very easy to make and are a great project to make sure someone who often goes in to the hospital or that mom to be on her special day.  You can give one to a cancer patient for when they have to spend hours receiving their treatment or make one to donate to a local shelter or children's home.  Here is a link to a very easy pillowcase to make.


There are so many little gifts out there for little girls but what about boys who are going through a hard time?  A super hero cape is a great way to help them feel better about themselves and their situation.  Who doesn't like to pretend every once in a while?   Make a cape and give to a special child who is chronically ill or has to stay in the hospital for an extended period of time.    Here is a great tutorial for one. 


You can also be an encouragement to someone just by hemming or mending their clothes.  I often hem the pants of an elderly lady across the street and have done it for an uncle who is a widower.  We all know how much it costs to take them it somewhere to have them done and what a help it is to them to have someone they know do it at no cost.  They really do receive a great value from it since they know the time it takes (many of them do it by hand themselves).  And don't be afraid to sew on someone else's clothes....the more you do it, the more confidence you will receive!

So those are just a couple of ways to be an encouragement to others through sewing.  If you want to try some charity sewing projects but are not sure what is best for you, please let me know and we can think over some ideas.  The possibilities are endless!!!

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