Charity Sewalong – June 2019

The Mary Potter Foundation Inc


The Mary Potter Foundation carry a mission and strong belief that caring for people at the end of their lives is an honour and privilege. They share an environment of compassion and love, and aim to provide the best care that one could experience.

As one of the most important and highly regarded providers of in-patient palliative and end of life care, they are committed to raising funds and awareness. We believe in The Mary Potter Foundation cause and want to help in any way we can.

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.



For this month’s Sewalong, we are asking you to stitch  a “Fly Away Bird”. These are hung on the patient’s door in the hospice so the team and volunteers know the family would like some privacy.

The Mary Potter Foundation have kindly provided the pattern of the birds and instructions to complete. To make ours, we used 2 x 10” squares for the bird body and 4 x 5” squares for the bird wings.

Download Fly Away Bird Pattern & Instructions


  • Various scraps of cotton fabric (contrasting or matching is acceptable)
  • FibrefillFly-away-birds-1
  • 60cm ribbon (width approx. 6mm wide)
  • Seed beads x 2
  • Button (optional)
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine


  1. Using a lightbox & blue washaway pen, trace the bird shape onto the wrong side of 1 x piece of bird body fabric.
  2. Place the two fabric body pieces right sides together and cut the bird shape on the drawn line.
  3. Pin bird together inserting ribbon in place (as shown on pattern).
  4. Attach the  ¼” foot and begin stitching the body with the edge of the foot aligned with the edge of the fabric.  If your machine has “pivot” function, set to on to assist with easing around the curves.
  5. Use the sewing tip below to complete the machine stitching of the bird.
  6. Trim back seam
  7. Use same method to stitch bird wings together.
  8. Fill body and wings with fiber ill
  9. Hand stitch openings together
  10. Attach wings as indicated (or you could use a button to stitch the wing as shown in our sample)
  11. Stitch seed bead in place for eyes

Download Fly Away Bird Pattern & Instructions

TIP – To achieve a smooth curve

  1. Once you have straight stitched your bird pieces together, use a small zig zag stitch (width 2, length 1.4).
  2. Stitch as close to the outside of straight stitch.
  3. Using your mini hoop scissors to trim back as close as possible to the zig zag.

This method provides extra support for the fabric when trimming close to stitching, resulting in a smooth curve with no clipping required on the outside or inside curve.

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Quilts Wanted!

The Mary Potter Foundation Inc would be very grateful to receive any quilts. Each patient who comes to the Hospice is offered a hand-made quilt to keep them warm and to provide them comfort. The quilt is given to their family to keep once they no longer need it.

They prefer quilts to be around 48” square as these fit perfectly on patient beds and they can be any pattern and colour combination.

Download Quilt Requirements →


This sewalong will run from 1 – 30th June 2019. However, you can continue to donate to The Mary Potter Foundation Inc all year round.


The birds can be dropped in or posted to any of the Echidna stores or you can send them directly to the Hospice:

The Mary Potter Foundation
Connery House
Calvary North Adelaide Hospital
89 Strangways Tce

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

One thought on “Charity Sewalong – June 2019

  1. felicity CAIRE says:

    i have been wanting to join a charity sew along but postage costs have been prohibitive. thankyou for finding a very worthwhile charity.


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