Charity Sewalong – May 2019

Girls Time Out Young Women’s Support Service Inc

GTO-logo-smallGirls Time Out Young Women’s Support Service Inc provides a range of programs and support to women that are homeless, living in rough conditions, pregnant or need help with day to day living. They are committed to responding and attending to the needs of young women in their community that require this support, to help their growth and human potential.

Their mission is for these women to live in an equitable and culturally welcoming society. To ensure that they are empowered and valued, experience respect and support and have access to human necessities such as education, affordable housing and peer/parenting support.

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.


easycosmeticsbag_aiid1843727For this month’s charity, we are asking you to have a go at sewing a cosmetics bag which will be gifted to the young women participating in the programs at GTO Young Women’s Support Service Inc.

We have selected a beginners pattern of a cosmetic bag from bluprint (formerly known as Craftsy) for this project. The project can be downloaded for free if you are a bluprint member and is a great project to introduce beginners to some of the many techniques as they include well-written instructions as well as a YouTube video that is easy to follow and should allow you to achieve a great result!

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Charity Sewalong – April 2019

Wildcare Australia Inc

Wildcare Australia Inc is a non-profit organisation situated in South-east Queensland (from NSW border to Fraser Coast). It was originally formed as the Australian Koala Hospital Association. In 1994, it became an Incorporated Association and registered charity.

The mission and aim of Wildcare Australia Inc is to rescue and care for sick, injured, orphaned and displaced native wildlife with the intention of returning them to the wild. On top of this, they promote the protection of wildlife by maintaining and re-establishing habitats and advising the community on solutions to wildlife problems.


The term ‘joey’ refers to the young of any marsupial such as baby possums, gliders, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and bandicoots!

For this month’s charity we are asking you to create and sew pouches that will be used for orphaned joeys to create a warm and secure space in which the joey will live until it is old enough (…and brave enough!) to start to venture out.

Each joey will need at least 30 pouches whilst it is in care as they are changed regularly.


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Charity Sewalong – March 2019


women-jumping-silhouetteImpact 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.

Sewalong Brief

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.


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Charity Sewalong – February 2019

Little Stars Kids

Little Stars Kids mission is to bring healing, happiness, fun, laughter and hope to the lives of children throughout Queensland who have experienced abuse and neglect. They are the only charity in Australia who has a camp program designed for children living in long term foster care aged 4-10.

Little Star Kids provides Cuddle Cases filled with new essential items like a quilts, pillows, hygiene kits, drink bottles, crayons and much more. This month, we are asking all sewing enthusiasts to get involved and create a special plush toy that can be included in these Cuddle Cases.

Sewalong Brief

Craftsy (now known as Blueprint) has a number of free adorable sewing patterns available for download. Including Fox/Cat/Dog/Wolf, Narwhal Whale, Bat, Koi Fish, Dolphin and Elephant! If you’re new to sewing, these are the perfect beginner project, as they include well-written instructions and step-by-step photos.

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Charity Sewalong – January 2019

Dymocks Children’s Charity

monster-library-bag-1.jpgDymocks Children’s Charities supports early literacy in Australia by providing new books to children in low social economic and disadvantaged areas. The charity delivers programs that target students, primary school libraries and pre-school/ community centres. Most projects involve restocking school libraries where there is insufficient school funding for books, or following natural disasters in a particular area. Dymocks Children’s Charities pairs with sponsors to place a catalogue of quality titles to choose from in selected schools in these regions, so that they can get the books that they really want and need.


This month we are asking you to create a Children’s Monster Library Bag to help Dymocks fundraise for their Annual Gala event, where they’re hoping to raise $325,000, which will go towards funding new books for these children. Continue reading

Charity Sewalong: December 2018



Each year we end our Charity Sewalong with Ronald McDonald House Charity. This is the first charity project we ever ran that inspired so many of you to get involved and donate to a worthy cause.

Every year thousands of children are struck down by very serious long term illness or injury and endure weeks, and in some cases, months of hospitalisation. Snuggle Quilts can become a very special attachment for a child and they will be able to take it with them when hopefully the time comes for them to leave hospital and go home.

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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.


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Charity Sewalong: October 2018

Little Windmills


Little Windmills: The Country Kids Charity financially supports seriously sick and injured Australian country kids by subsidising things like medical costs, travel and accommodation. We relieve the financial burden on families during their darkest times and allow mums and dads to focus on what’s important, the well-being of their little one. Help us impart Hope, Health and Happiness to those who need it the most.

This month we are asking you to get creative and incorporate Little Windmills onto a child’s lunch bag, which they can hand out to children in need.


Create a Lunch Bag

Create a lunch bag by quilting, embroidering or hand decorating it with the Little Windmills logo.

Download the Little Windmills embroidery design to include on your projects.

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Charity Sewalong – September 2018


baby-hand-mum-600x400.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

Life’s Little Treasures holds a number of events to help parents and families who are desperately wanting to take home their sick or premature baby. This month they are holding an event for the fathers, therefore our sewalong is themed around making a men’s BBQ apron.



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Charity Sewing: August 2018

Comfort Quilts Against Cancer


Comfort Quilts against Cancer is a not-for-profit organisation whose members embroider and patchwork colourful quilts for cancer patients in all areas of Australia. Cancer touches people in many ways, whether it be personally, through a family member, workmate or even a neighbour.

Their aim is to assist as many cancer patients in Australia they can by offering hand-made quilts. These quilts can go to men, woman and children of all ages.

This sewalong we are asking you to create a quilt of any theme or size. Alternatively, you could create 12 quilted or embroidered squares which they can use to quilt for you. Whichever you would like to create to get involved will help out their cause.

A heartfelt comment received by Comfort Quilts Against Cancer:

“Hi Bronwyn, Very rarely in my life have I been lost for words but yesterday when your gift arrived I was speechless! I must admit that I feel a little guilty at the moment as I am lucky enough to still be feeling well right now, but I am also very grateful. Please pass on my thanks to the lovely ladies that work so hard making these quilts, scarves and beanies for people suffering with cancer.”

Sewalong Brief

Quilt or Embroider

  • Quilt, sew or embroider a finished quilt of any theme or size.
  • Or quilt or embroider 12 squares either  8”, 10” or 12” wide with the same theme. These can be sewn up by Comfort Quilts Against Cancer.

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