Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Sewing Projects for Operation Christmas Child Boxes

I wanted to spend some time this week to highlight some sewing projects that can be made to go into Operation Christmas Child boxes that many of us are putting together.

If you are not familiar with what these boxes are, click HERE and it will take you to their site.  Basically, Samaritan's Purse distributes boxes to children all over the world to show them and their families the love of Christ and tries to help meet some of their basic needs/wants in the process.  I have been volunteering at the local OCC processing center in Charlotte for the past 2-3 years and it is amazing to see all of the boxes and how carefully they are packed with things these children will love.

Here is today's sewing project: travel tissue holders!  I used this FREE TUTORIAL from the Create Kid's Couture blog. I like how the two different fabrics can be seen which makes them fun to make!

I pretty much followed their tutorial but added a couple of my own touches.  I printed off my own pattern pieces on my computer using Microsoft Word to make the different sized rectangles.  This made it easy for me or my kids to pin the paper pattern piece to the fabric and then quickly cut out. The pieces are a good size to use up fabric scraps in your house!

The tutorial does not specify a seam allowance so I used 3/8' for my tissue holders.

Then, before turning my tissue holders right side out after sewing them, I did finish off the side seams by zig zagging the edges.  Very easy and quick to do and it will help the seams from fraying.

I tried to make both girl and boy tissue holders.  I wish I had more fun fabric like M&M's, Snoopy, or Super Hero fabric but I was glad to use up some of my smaller pieces of fabric.

This project is also very kid friendly if you have a child at home that wants to help sew.  This would be great for them!

Please come back tomorrow as we highlight another project for OCC Boxes.  Collection week begins on Nov. 16th!

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