Hi friends! It was so heartwarming to see the response to the introduction of my the Sew Goodness challenge in January! If you missed that post, you can read more about the Sew Goodness monthly charity sewing prompts here.
What were your thoughts last month? Did you make something to share? What did you end up making?
These cute pillow cases were made by Amanda of Material Girl Quilts.
I’m not going to lie- this month has been a busy one for me personally. I had a LOT going on including a sick kid (never fun) and my oldest daughter leaving to serve a mission for our church. She’ll be gone for 18 months so it was a lot of prep, not to mention an emotional time getting ready to say goodbye. (If you ever see those Mormon missionaries around, give them a smile for their mom at home who is missing them!!)
So, I finally eked out my pillowcases yesterday since I was anticipating writing this post. But as I sat down to sew, I was really excited to do so! And it turned out that having the deadline really helped me to make sure I stuck to my commitment to sew goodness each month!
I really enjoyed going through my fabric and putting together these pillow cases. This was a great project for using up fabric for projects I no longer have time to make, or for fabric we’ve simply outgrown. (The turtles piece is a perfect example of that – I bought this fabric with a project in mind for one of my boys who was obsessed with turtles a few years ago. Well, he’s now outgrown that obsession. I still think the fabric is cute, but I’m happy to send it to a good home rather than let it languish in my stash.)
For February, I picked a few more ideas of very simple sewing projects that can be made quickly and efficiently. Feel free to use any of them as your own inspiration for charitable sewing this month.
Remember, if you’re already sewing for a good cause – keep up what you’re doing! These monthly posts are just prompts – ideas for those of us who are looking for a way to help out if you don’t already have a project as well as awareness for organizations with ongoing needs. It may be that you just find an organization you’re passionate about and stick with that organization all year!
Smile Bags for Operation Smile
Operation smile is a reputable charitable organization that provides surgical repair of cleft palettes for children around the world who would otherwise have no access to these procedures.
The need is for simple drawstring bags that are given to the recovering patients after their surgery and are filled with small personal care items as well as toys and stickers to help in their recovery.
The details and instructions for these simple bags are found here as well as a list of other possible donations needed for the bags’s contents as well as contact and shipping information.
Operation Smile is also in need of simple quilts or fleece blankets. You can find the blanket/quilt sewing specifications here.
Dolls of Hope is an organization started by Sarah Parson who’s own grandmother was a Holocaust survivor. Her mission is to provide a simple doll or toy to children who have lost everything – such as refugees around the world or victims of trauma close to home.
You can find the pattern for these bears or dolls here as well as contact information to ship them to Sarah. If it’s easier for you (and would save on shipping) you can even send the sewn bears/doll un-stuffed and Sarah will have local volunteers do the stuffing/finishing.
If you don’t have time to sew, but still want to help the cause, donations that will go toward the shipping of these dolls is hugely appreciated.
Make a mini quilt for special Doll Like Me dolls – dolls made to match a child who has a physical deformity. Such a sweet cause! Find out all of the information here.
Of course, softie doll donations are taken lots of places. There are a bunch a humanitarian group in my congregation put together last year. We used this traced this simple doll template on the front of the fabric. To assemble: place two pieces wrong sides together and sew the doll together right on the traced line, leaving an opening in one of the legs for stuffing. Cut out the shape of the doll with pinking shears, leaving about 1/2″ seam allowance. Stuff the doll and sew up opening. Tie ribbon around the neck or sketch a simple face. The possibilities are endless. This is a great project for involving kids or those with minimal sewing experience.
If you know of any specifics taking softie donations, let me know and I’ll add them to the post.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER:
Before you make a bunch of these, (or any sewing donations really) make sure you have an organization that is looking for those specific items, and make sure they are sewn to their specifications.
If extra time is not available to you right now, but you still want to help an organization, often a financial donation directly to one of these grass roots organizations can make a tremendous difference because they can put that money directly to use for shipping or supplies where a need is greatest.
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Thank you SO much for all of the suggestions and ideas you’ve sent. I’m looking forward to sharing many of them for future monthly prompts. Keep them coming! At some point I’d like to make a master list of real charities in real need.
One charity I’d like to feature in the coming months is Days for Girls. This is one I’ve wanted to help for a long time. If you have experience sewing the needed supplies or ideas for what would be the best prompt to give re Days for Girls sewing, will you message me or leave a comment? I’d love some guidance on that one.
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