Charity Sewalong: November 2018

Aussie Helpers

No one wants to admit things are tough, and farmers are some of the proudest people in Australia.  But sometimes they need our help, especially before it’s too late.  Aussie Helpers stays in touch with 100’s of farming families to ensure their well being and survival through good and bad times.

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This month we are asking you to create a tote bag with an outback theme for both men and women. They will use these bags to include food, personal items, pamper packs and other essential items that will help Aussie families through this tough drought period.

Sewalong

Decorate your tote bag with embroidery, trims, applique or fun outback themed fabric for either men or women.

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Fabric required for this project

  • Bag Fabric & Lining: Cut two at 500mm width x 400mm height.
  • Lining Pocket: Cut two at 280mm width x 300mm height
  • Lining internal draw string holder: Cut one at 50mm height x 780mm width
  • Bag Strap Fabric and iron-on interfacing: Cut four fabric and two lining at 400mm width x 60cm height

What you will need

  • A sewing machine and embroidery machine or combination of the both (we used an NV180 in this example)
  • Brother ScanNCut machine & Flex Iron on transfer
  • 1 metre cord
  • Scissor
  • 1 metre Bag Fabric
  • 1 metre lining
  • Iron-on interfacing
  • Pins
  • Matching thread

How to create this project

Embroidery Design

Download the #farmlife embroidery design (.zip) to place on your tote bag.

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ScanNCut Design

Download the ScanNCut Farm Animals design to put on your tote bag. Available in SVG and FCM format.

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Sending in your donations

These projects can be posted to any of the Echidna stores or you can send them directly to:

Aussie Helpers Sewalong
18 Wills Street
Charleville
QLD 4470

Be sure to include your name, postal address and contact details with your donation.

How long do I have to create this project

The sewalong will run from 1–30 November 2018. However, this charity is always in need of bags so feel free to donate at any time.

View the full list of Charity Sewalong projects.

Prizes

We’ll be giving away a number of prizes throughout in the year. To enter, simply take a photo of your finished project and post it to our Echidna Sewing facebook community!

Things to remember

Sewalongs are a great way to get inspired by what everyone creates, while giving to a worthy cause. If you’re new to sewing and embroidery, this is a great chance to get involved and have fun no matter what the outcome. Any excuse to put your sewing and embroidery machines to good use is a great one.

Sewalong badges

If you have your own sewing/embroidery blog you can save the following badges and post it on your blog entry, linking back to this page.

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Halloween ScanNCut & Embroidery Project

Halloween is a fantastic time to customise something unique for yourself, your kids or your loved ones. We have decorated a basic black witches hat, plain t-shirt and tote bag with a Trick or Treat embroidery and ScanNCut design that you can download for free! Plus, we have also used the Brother Persona PRS100 to add some extra embroidery designs from Urban Threads and John Deer’s Ultimate Stash.

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Free Trick or Treat Embroidery & ScanNCut Design

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Download the Halloween Project files to decorate your projects. This includes:

  • ScanNCut File (.fcm)
  • ScanNCut CanvasWorkspace file (.svg)
  • 4 x 4″ Trick or Treat embroidery design

Customising with our free-arm embroidery machines

The free-arm embroidery machines, including the PRS100, PR670e and the PR1050X are ideal for projects like this where you need to embroider hard to reach or small areas.
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Charity Sewalong: October 2018

Little Windmills

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Little Windmills: The Country Kids Charity financially supports seriously sick and injured Australian country kids by subsidising things like medical costs, travel and accommodation. We relieve the financial burden on families during their darkest times and allow mums and dads to focus on what’s important, the well-being of their little one. Help us impart Hope, Health and Happiness to those who need it the most.

This month we are asking you to get creative and incorporate Little Windmills onto a child’s lunch bag, which they can hand out to children in need.

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Create a Lunch Bag

Create a lunch bag by quilting, embroidering or hand decorating it with the Little Windmills logo.

Download the Little Windmills embroidery design to include on your projects.

Free Craftsy Lunch Bag

Check out the Free Craftsy Lunch bag, which would be ideal for this project.

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Paid Craftsy Lunch Bags

Otherwise, browse through the paid lunch bag patterns on Craftsy to find something a bit more unique. These would also be the perfect gift idea for your own children, friends or family.

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Sending in your donations

These projects can be posted to any of the Echidna stores or you can send them directly to:

Little Windmills The Country Kids Charity
Suite 2, 106 Sixth Avenue
Maroochydore
QLD 4558

Be sure to include your name, postal address and contact details with your donation.

How long do I have to create this project?

The Little Windmills sewalong will run from 1–31 October 2018. However, this charity is always in need of children’s lunch bags or quilts so feel free to donate at any time.

View the full list of Charity Sewalong projects.

Prizes

We’ll be giving away a number of prizes throughout in the year. To enter, simply take a photo of your finished project and post it to our Echidna Sewing facebook community!

Things to remember

Sewalongs are a great way to get inspired by what everyone creates, while giving to a worthy cause. If you’re new to sewing and embroidery, this is a great chance to get involved and have fun no matter what the outcome. Any excuse to put your sewing and embroidery machines to good use is a great one.

Sewalong badges

If you have your own sewing/embroidery blog you can save the following badges and post it on your blog entry, linking back to this page.

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Create your own Pencil Case

pencil-case.jpgPencil cases are one of the best beginner projects because they’re fast, fun and can be easily customised. This tutorial shows you ideas on fabric types, embroidery designs, quilting styles and how to apply your own ScanNCut design.

What you need

Fabric Required

Recommended fabrics such as cotton, linen, denim, canvas or drill.

  • Front & Back: Cut two 24cm x 14cm in both fabric and lining
  • Zipper Tabs: Cut two 4cm x 4cm in fabric

Pencil Case Tutorial

Fabric Pencil Case

Create a simple pencil case with fun, bright fabric.

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Charity Sewalong – September 2018

LIFE’S LITTLE TREASURES

baby-hand-mum-600x400.jpgThe Life’s Little Treasures Foundation is Australia’s foremost charity dedicated to providing support, friendship and information, specifically tailored for families of children born premature or sick.

Having a child that is sick or premature can be a very traumatic roller-coaster ride and this wonderful foundation strives to give families the support and assistance they need

Life’s Little Treasures holds a number of events to help parents and families who are desperately wanting to take home their sick or premature baby. This month they are holding an event for the fathers, therefore our sewalong is themed around making a men’s BBQ apron.

SEWALONG

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Embroider onto your Apron

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Create a Men’s BBQ Apron

Create a fully lined men’s BBQ apron including pockets for his favourite utensils. Plus, if you’re feeling extra crafty why not embroider his initials, favourite saying or sports team logo onto it! It’s the perfect accessory for him to wear this summer!

Materials Required

  • Tracing material to construct pattern
  • 1 meter of denim fabric
  • 1 meter of lining fabric
  • 40cm x 25cm iron-on interfacing
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

How to create your apron

Create the apron front

Instead of printing out a paper pattern we are going to show you an easy way to construct your apron from some tracing material.

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