July Charity Sewalong

Animal Welfare League Australia

Dog-PhotoAnimal Welfare League are a national non-profit organisation caring for companion animals across Australia. They formed in 2007, when the Animal Welfare Leagues of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland united to become Animal Welfare League Australia. Dogs Homes of Tasmania joined AWLA in 2010 and SAFE Inc joined in 2014. Together they have more than 300 years of combined experience in caring for animals in need.

AWL work with local councils, state government, rescue groups and the community to
improve the outcomes of stray and surrendered pets, and they are nationally recognised for their unique and innovative programs, initiatives and re-homing strategies.

This Sewalong involves creating a number of coats for the animals housed in these shelters nationwide. They are desperate for large sized coats to keep dogs warm this winter, and thanks to Lindee Goodall who has once again sponsored our Sewalong, you can download a free “Adopt Me” embroidery design to decorate your dog coat.

Sewalong Brief

  1. March Sewalong will run from 1st July – 31st July, 2017
  2. Sewing – Sew a pet coat using your own pattern or use the free pattern below.
    Embroidery – Embroider a ready-made pet coat or one you have created with the “Adopt Me” embroidery design and the Animal Welfare League (individual state) logo.

Sew Your Own Pet Coat!


This is a great beginner project if you’re interested in learning how to sew. Use one of your own dog coat patterns or you can download the free dog coat pattern, created by Martyn Smith.


  • Please use velcro for straps and sew into the material
  • Please limit any potential choking/chewing hazards like buttons, beads and rhinestones.

Decorate with Adopt Me Embroidery Design by Lindee Goodall

Adopt-Me.PNGA big thank-you to Lindee Goodall, who has once again sponsored this month’s Sewalong by giving away a gorgeous free ‘Adopt Me’ embroidery design.

This design is suitable for 4″ x 4″ (10cm x 10cm) embroidery hoops.

Rescue Me Embroidery Design Pack by Lindee Goodall

You can also purchase the Lindee Goodall “Rescue Me” embroidery design pack for only $39.95.  This design pack includes 20 different embroidery designs perfect for those who rescue, foster, adopt or simply have a love for dogs and cats.


Hint: You can purchase low cost dog coats at Kmart and other retail chains that are made from t-shirt or jacket material from as little as $5 – $10. These are perfect if you’re not a sewer but would love to create something fun with embroidery.

Embroider the AWL Logo

Embroider the Animal Welfare League logo on your coat so when each dog gets adopted they can wear their new coat to raise awareness for The Animal Welfare League Australia. Please note, there are different logos for each individual state territory.

Please do a test of these embroidery designs first, prior to embroidering on your dog coat fabric. These designs are suitable for a 4″ x 4″ (10cm x 10cm) embroidery hoop or larger.

Sending in Your Donations

If you are sending in your donations to the Animal Welfare League, please do the following:

  • Drop it off to any of the four Echidna stores
  • Drop it to any of the Animal Welfare League locations listed below:
New South Wales
Echidna Sewalong
Animal Welfare League
PO Box 308
Kemps Creek
NSW 2178

Animal Welfare League
Attn: Neil Rangeley
PO Box 3253
Helensvale Town Centre
QLD 4212Victoria
Echidna Sewalong
Animal Welfare League
24 Villiers Street
North Melbourne
VIC 3051Tasmania
Echidna Sewalong
Animal Welfare League
101 Scotts Road
Risdon Vale
TAS 7016

South Australia
Echidna Sewalong
Animal Welfare League
1-19 Cormack Road
SA 5013

Western Australia
There are a few Western Australia locations including:

Echidna Sewalong
Animal Welfare League
PO Box 5302
WA 6332

Echidna Sewalong
Animal Welfare League
PO Box 796
WA 6231

Echidna Sewalong
Animal Welfare League
PO Box 5347
WA, 6280

Echidna Sewalong
Animal Welfare League
PO Box 6007
WA 6450

Echidna Sewalong
Animal Welfare League
PO Box 10756
WA 6430

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 Project?

Since we are featuring a new charity each month, the July Sewalong will run from 1st – 31st July, 2017. However, this charity is always in need of pet coats so feel free to donate at any time.

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, 7th August, 2017. However, we will also give away a number of prizes at random throughout the year for any Sewalong project submitted, no matter which month it’s sent in.

To enter, simply take a photo of your finished project, then post it to our Echidna Facebook Community or email it to erin@echidnasewing.com.au.

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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