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!

Dog-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.

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Why join a sewalong?

As part of a new initiative this year, Echidna Sewing has created a monthly Sewalong to inspire and encourage customers to get creative and make use of their amazing sewing and embroidery skills.

Joining a sewalong enables you to do the following:

  • Use your sewing and/or embroidery machine more than you might otherwise
  • Follow a project brief and create something unique
  • Use up any unwanted scrap material
  • Gain inspiration from others – discover new sewing patterns, embroidery designs, colours styles, fabrics uses and much more!
  • Learn new skills and techniques that you normally wouldn’t challenge yourself with
  • Show off your finished project, gaining encouragement from others, and giving others the same.

Sewalong

What is the purpose of doing these monthly Sewalongs for various charities?

Each month we contact a different charity and find out if there are any products they desperately need for it’s members, or that they can use at an event or a fundraising auction. Therefore, each Sewalong is tailor-made to ensure that anything being donated will go directly to someone in need or help towards funding their cause.

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“I want to donate to a specific charity but I’ve missed that Sewalong month or won’t have it made in time!”

There may be some charities that have touched you personally, and regardless of what month it was featured, you want to get involved. All of our Sewalongs have been tailor-made for each charity and that means that there is no deadline for your donations. Each Sewalong project includes the delivery address for where you need to send your items, so you are able to do this at any time of the year. Otherwise, you can drop off your items to any of our four Echidna store locations and we will send it in for you.

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June Charity Sewalong

Act for Kids

Education-Services-263x225Act 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.

June Sewalong

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.

Sewalong Brief

  • 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).

For ideas and inspiration please view our Echidna Pinterest Page including Kids Sewing Projects, Clothing Sewing Projects and DIY Printed Shirts.

You can also find many more projects online at Craftsy.

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May Charity Sewalong

Royal Flying Doctors Service

Royal-Flying-Doctor-Service.jpgThe Royal Flying Doctor Service is one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world, providing extensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency service to people over an area of 7.3 million square kilometres.

Delivered by a dedicated team of professionals, using the latest in aviation, medical and communications technology, and supported by a vast number of volunteers and supporters, the RFDS is vital for those that live, work and travel in rural and remote Australia.

This sewalong we are creating aviation themed circle quilts, square quilts, mug rugs and table runners which can be used by the Royal Flying Doctor Service for its patients or at events to be auctioned off for fundraising efforts.

SEWLONG BRIEF

  • This sewalong will run from 1st May – 31st May 2017
  • Create an aviation themed circle/square quilt, mug rug or table runner.

PROJECT IDEAS

ED-P-700x700Planes by Echidna – Free Download!

This collection consists of 10 designs suitable for 100 mm x 100 mm or larger embroidery hoop.

This project will be free to download during the month of May to collaborate with this aviation themed sewalong.

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April Charity Sewalong

RSPCA

The RSPCA is a community based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection.

The RSPCA runs 40 shelters and employs around 1,000 staff, which helps to improve the lives of Australian animals. This month’s Sewalong is dedicated to helping each state’s RSPCA animal shelter by providing items that they desperately need to help care and rehabilitate each animal to get them into loving homes.

You can choose to donate directly to your state’s shelter or ship the donation off to a different state based on what they need.

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March – Charity Sewalong

Life’s Little Treasures

Robbie-with-LLTF-logo easter.jpgThe Life’s Little Treasures Foundation is Australia’s foremost charity dedicated to providing support, friendship and information, specifically tailored for families of children born premature or sick.

Having a child that is sick or premature can be a very traumatic roller-coaster ride and this wonderful foundation strives to give families the support and assistance they need.

Donate to Life’s Little Treasures Easter Event!

Life’s Little Treasures is holding an Easter event on the 3rd of April, 2017 for families who are desperately wanting to take home their sick or premature babies. This is why we are asking for donations including an Easter bunny toy or Easter themed baby bib to gift to these families.

If you would like to be involved, Life’s Little Treasures will require these donations by the 1st April, 2017. This means shipping to Life’s Little Treasures yourself, or dropping off your donations to Echidna Sewing no later than Wednesday, 23rd March.

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February – Charity Sewalong

Koala Kids

Let’s help make Happy Help by sewing for Koala Kids

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Our February sewalong is dedicated to Koala Kids Foundation, an organization which provides the small things that bring happiness to children and young people (3 – 24 years) undergoing cancer treatment.

We can brighten their day by sewing special keepsakes to include in their very own Happy Bags, which are full of comforting and practical items for them and their families to use during hospital stays.

They promise that each and every item created will find its way to children and young people undergoing cancer treatment.

Sewalong Brief

  • February Sewalong will run from 1st –  28th February, 2017
  • We are asking you to provide an item of your choice, which can be folded to fit inside a Happy Bag with the other items (Bag is 300mm deep x 250mm wide)
  • Items may include a pillow case (silk, one side not embroidered), a cotton hand towel or face washer, a cotton drawstring bag (plastic lined for toiletries), a small zip purse, a larger, flat toy or Lego bag, a pencil case etc.

Please see more ideas for children’s sewing on our Kid’s Sewing Pinterest page.

Add a little Embroidery!

The fun part is embroidering the Koala Kids orange ‘smiley nose’ into your design.
There are a few ways you can use these embroidery designs to compliment your project.

Embroider one or a few full colour smiley noses onto your project for the children to find.

Or download the outline embroidery design to stitch on suitable fabrics for the children or family members to colour in.

Both embroidery designs will fit in a 4″ x 4″ (10cm x 10cm) hoop.

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