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Monday, September 17, 2012

Sewing for Charity

I don't have a quilt to show, although I am working on one, and I have been sewing! 
This weekend a group of 23 ladies met to sew for charity. We have a specific need to fill and we did our best to meet that need. We will meet again in a few weeks to continue. 
We asked for fabric donations from people's stashes. That meant lots of different types of fabrics in all colors. We had drapery fabric, cotton, canvas, you name it!

These ladies spent the day cutting and coordinating the fabric. (We needed some for the body of the tote and some for the pockets and straps.


Since not everyone knew how to sew and some didn't bring a sewing machine, some folded pieces .....

....and some pressed, getting everything ready so that sewing was quick and easy!

Others sewed....some on their trusty Featherweights (we had 3 of them humming) and some on their fancier machines! All the bags turned out just fine!

We even recruited a bell ringer to ring out an alert every time a tote was finished.  He did a great job! (Everyone had something they could do!)
The organizer behind this effort was my sister, the one in the middle! (I'm behind the camera, so I'm not in any of these, but I did work!)We laughed, we learned, and we bonded with each other. What a wonderful day!
Here are about 30 of the totes we finished. They are needing 200, but another group is also working on this. Hopefully, we will work faster next time since we will have worked out the kinks and everyone knows now how to do it!
 Being women, we had to stand back and decide which we liked best. These will be going to an orphanage in Ukraine. tutorial today, but I have been busy!
(Later we may be making pajamas for the orphans, as well as little quilts and blankets.)
 Whatever you choose to do with your talents, I hope you consider using them at times to help others. There are all kinds of opportunities out there - for babies, battered women shelters, homeless, sick, and sometimes you have opportunities where you worship. Keep those stitches going and....... 

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  1. You said it perfectly, help others, it is the greatest gift ever. The bags came out beautifully and all the help you had. God Bless you.

  2. You ladies are all wonderful! A job well done. It DOES make you feel good to put your skills to work to help others, big or small. I just sent off an e-reader bag for a collection to be sent to Afghanistan. It was only one little thing, but every one little thing adds up!! ~karen

  3. Wonderful totes Linda. At the mission where we volunteer we make school bags as well as baby layettes. Blessings, Marlene

  4. What a great giving opportunity, Linda. And, it looks like you were all having a wonderful time. Be well. Lane

  5. Great job. The totes will be loved.

  6. That is a great group effort, the bags look great. keep up the good work.

  7. What a superb effort by ALL the ladies involved! Great job! :)

  8. Fantastic job everyone! It's wonderful to see folks sharing their love of sewing and talents for good:)

  9. what a wonderful thing for you all to do the bags are gorgeous,well done.xx

  10. Waht a fun way to spend the day with a room full of ladies with a BIG heart!!! Your totes look so sweet all lined up!!! What a blessing they will be to the children.

  11. Love it, love it, love it. You truly are a blessing to those who receive these totes. Thanks for sharing all the fabulous photos! Looks like a happy time had by all!

  12. How fun! I would love to do something like this!

  13. What a wonderful group of generous giving people you are a part of. All the totes look fabulous to me. Doing for others is such rewarding time spent and to spend it with friends is all the better. Blessings...

  14. what a fun group and the bags are cute too!!! great project...

  15. Sounds like a day of fun creating something for those in need. I make at least one 32" square quilt a month that is donated through my guild to the NICU's in our local hospitals.


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