Act for Kids
Act for Kids is an Australian charity providing free therapy and support services to children and families who have experienced, or are at risk of, child abuse and neglect. They have helped thousands of children and families for over 28 years. Act for Kids operates twenty-two centres with a team of over 300 staff from Adelaide all the way up to the Cape York Peninsula. Their services have expanded to include integrated therapy, support for vulnerable families, special workshops to empower kids and safe houses in remote Aboriginal communities.
For this month’s Sewalong, we are asking you to create and donate one or more pieces of clothing, made by sewing, embroidering, crafting or a combination of them all. Act for Kids works with children and adults all the way from age 1 to 20, so there are so many possibilities and ways to get involved!
Also, for the first time, we are running a sewalong competition where you can create a garment for yourself, or as a donation. By simply uploading a photo of the before and after, you will have the chance to win a fabulous Echidna Prize Pack!
Requirements for Each Project
You will need to ensure that your project complies with the following rules, since these are donations that will be given to children:
- Use only new materials
- Needs to be clean and free from chemicals, smoke and pet hair
- It cannot have any potential choking hazards like buttons, beads, ribbons, hems or rhinestones attached.
- This Sewalong will run from 1st June- 30th June, 2017
- Embroidery – Purchase any ready-made children’s outfit for age range (1 – 5). Then decorate it with embroidery, applique or a ScanNCut design.
- Sewing – Create any kids clothing outfit for age range (3 – 6).
You can also find many more projects online at Craftsy.
Update: Competition Drawn
Congratulations to Tracey for winning the Echidna Prize Pack below with her embroidered dress that she created with her Brother PR1000e.
Sending In Your Donations
If you are sending in your donations to Act for Kids, please do the following:
- Drop it off to any of the four Echidna store locations:
- Post it to Act for Kids addressed:
Sewing for Charity
Att: Penny Parson
Level 1, 9 Gardner Close
Things to Remember
These sewalongs are a great way to get inspired by what everyone creates, while giving to a worthy cause. If you’re new to sewing or embroidering then don’t despair. This is a great chance for you to get involved and have fun no matter what the outcome.
How Long do I Have to Create Each Project?
Since we are featuring a new charity each month the June sewalong will run from the 1st – 30th June. You can choose to donate these items to Act for Kids at any time as they will always require beautiful handmade items for their charity to pass along to children and families.
You can view the full list of Charity Projects online.
We will also be giving away a number of Universal Magazine prizes, which will be drawn on Monday, 4th July, 2017.
Sew Along 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.