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.
So.......no 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.......