Impact is a 100% volunteer charity committed to making a difference to women and children fleeing from home due to extreme violence. Having started as an ovum of an idea in March 2006, a small group of friends sourced donations to pack 100 hampers which were distributed to a few metropolitan refugees supporting victims of family violence. Twelve years later, volunteers of all ages, religious and cultural backgrounds come together twice a year to pack more than 1000 hampers or ‘Bags of Love’ as they now call them, to women in metropolitan Melbourne.
For this month’s charity we are asking you to create and sew a Bag of Love, which Impact can pack and use to distribute to these domestic violence victims.
We challenge you to create a small laundry, bathroom or tote bag around 25cm x 30cm width. All styles, sizes and designs will be accepted.
This is the perfect project to challenge yourself to learn how to sew and decorate with zips, pockets, lace, embroidery, quilting and much more. Plus, if you’re a member of Bluprint (Craftsy) you can download a number of free sewing patterns which are ideal for this sewalong.
Ashley Drawstring Pouch & The Anna Pouch
- Ashley Drawstring Pouch
- Koda Cross Body Bag
- Easy Drawstring Backpack
- The Anna Pouch Pattern Pieces – instructions online
- Tote bag with zip and pockets
Download the Flower ScanNcut Design (.svg) and resize to fit your bag project.
How long do I have to create this project?
This sewalong will run from 1 – 31st March 2019. However, you can continue to donate all year round.
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 or embroidering 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.
Sending in your donations
These bags can be posted to any of the Echidna stores or you can send them directly to:
PO Box 8371
Be sure to include your name, postal address and contact details with your donation.
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.
- Echidna Sewing Facebook community – get inspired and share your creation with our online community.
- Past charity sewalongs – try your hand at some of our past projects.
- Suggest a charity – Tell us about a charity you’d like to see in our monthly sewalong.