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.


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.


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


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

  • Sewing machine
  • 1 metre cord
  • Scissor
  • 1 metre Bag Fabric
  • 1 metre lining
  • Iron-on interfacing
  • Pins
  • Matching thread

Optional to decorate

How to create this project

Embroidery Design

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


ScanNCut Design

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


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


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.


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.

More information

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